Gabby's Story

Gabby manages her Autism, by having structure in her daily life. When Gabby experienced depression, she reached out for help and now supports others do the same.

I didn’t have any outside sources of help

I was just kind of left to manage on my own. When there’s unstructured support, for an individual with autism, that was when I started to feel a lot of depression, a lot of anxiety. No one was encouraging me, or telling me what the good parts were in my life. 

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I was just sad all the time. Even in my room by myself, I was still sad

I would cry quite a lot. I got into self-harm. Depression was actually quite confusing because I didn’t know what was going on, and didn’t have a way to ask anyone, or communicate it. 

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A friend from church helped me get support

I now get disability funded support from our government to help with all my personal care and cooking. It also helps when I can predict what’s going to happen. So, having all those routines and writing down exactly what I’m doing and when stuff is due,

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Having a structured routine is really good, it keeps the stress levels down

Having something to get up to do is one of the best parts for recovery. Exercise, the beach - I like swimming and all that sort of stuff, it just really helps. Nutrition is also very important to keeping everything in check and having that daily support is really good. 

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I've learnt that it’s okay to be different

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I created a safe space

I look for positive things

I take my medication and attend therapy

I got into Waka Ama