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      Depression, Mental Health and Crisis Support   06/04/2017

      Depression, Mental Health and Crisis Support   Depression and other mental health difficulties are common amongst people on the autistic spectrum and their carers.   People who are affected by general mental health difficulties are encouraged to receive and share information, support and advice with other forum members, though it is important to point out that this exchange of information is generally based on personal experience and opinions, and is not a substitute for professional medical help.   There is a list of sources of mental health support here: <a href="http://www.asd-forum.org.uk/forum/index.php?showtopic=18801" target="_blank">Mental Health Resources link</a>   People may experience a more serious crisis with their mental health and need urgent medical assistance and advice. However well intentioned, this is not an area of support that the forum can or should be attempting to offer and we would urge members who are feeling at risk of self-harm or suicide to contact either their own GP/health centre, or if out of hours contact NHS Direct on 0845 4647 or to call emergency services 999.   We want to reassure members that they have our full support in offering and seeking advice and information on general mental health issues. Members asking for information in order to help a person in their care are seeking to empower both themselves and those they represent, and we would naturally welcome any such dialogue on the forum.   However, any posts which are deemed to contain inference of personal intent to self-harm and/or suicide will be removed from the forum and that person will be contacted via the pm system with advice on where to seek appropriate help.   In addition to the post being removed, if a forum member is deemed to indicate an immediate risk to themselves, and are unable to be contacted via the pm system, the moderating team will take steps to ensure that person's safety. This may involve breaking previous confidentiality agreements and/or contacting the emergency services on that person's behalf.   Sometimes posts referring to self-harm do not indicate an immediate risk, but they may contain material which others find inappropriate or distressing. This type of post will also be removed from the public forum at the moderator's/administrator's discretion, considering the forum user base as a whole.   If any member receives a PM indicating an immediate risk and is not in a position (or does not want) to intervene, they should forward the PM to the moderating team, who will deal with the disclosure in accordance with the above guidelines.   We trust all members will appreciate the reasoning behind these guidelines, and our intention to urge any member struggling with suicidal feelings to seek and receive approproiate support from trained and experienced professional resources.   The forum guidelines have been updated to reflect the above.   Regards,   The mod/admin team

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  2. Hi all. First post here so here goes. I'm hoping someone can assist and maybe point us in the right direction. Ok we are a family of 5. We have 3 daughters aged 8, 4 & 2. The two youngest have already been diagnosed with severe 'classic' autism. The 4 year old already attends a specialist autism school for 3 days a week (moving to full time this sept)We are in receipt of dla and my wife also receives carers allowance for both. Housing wise we live in a small ish 3 bedroom new build which means our youngest has to share with our eldest. We can't put the 2 asd siblings together due to them having meltdowns when they are anywhere near each other. The problem we have is they desperately need their own bedrooms due to the sleeping issues the 2 youngest have. They are frequently waking our eldest and it's effecting her general performance at school. Quite often she will sleep with her mum and I'm on the sofa downstairs. It's open plan downstairs so we have no way of separating them when they have meltdowns with each other. So that's a bit of background. The question I have is as our house is unsuitable for adaptations I wondered what the possibility is of being moved into a bigger house by our local council? We currently own our house and we cannot afford to move to a bigger house due to us only being a single income family and simply can't stretch to a bigger mortgage. If it's possible we qualify for a bigger house I still have no idea how to get the ball rolling about asking/applying. Do I ring the council? Fill out online forms, who to speak to etc etc. Our doc has said she will provide a supporting letter advising we should be in a bigger 4 bedroom house but as I mentioned I've no idea how to start all of this. Any help much appreciated. For the record we come under South Ribble Borough Council. Thanks
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  4. Awfull Christmas time for outside help

    Hello Paula, We had some very significant difficulties with our eldest son (now 18). His behaviour was complicated by some serious mental health issues. After he went into CAMHS as an inpatient, we were looking for somewhere to take him with a view to helping him become a little more independent and to stop the dynamic between my son and his younger brother (the boys were then 15 and 17). We contacted Shared Lives/Avalon and everything seemed to be progressing well. My eldest went on a couple of visits to his prospective Shared Lives carer and met her, some of her family members and the young man who was lodging with her. Then, we were told my son was too high a risk. His behaviour can be destructive and he had police intervention at one time. Shared Lives withdrew their offer of a placement. So, it was back to the drawing board. My son was then catered for by Adult Social Care and a placement was found in a small house run by staff with mental health specialism. My son has been living there, happily, for six months now. Adult Social Care could really help. One factor that complicated matters for my son was that he would not identify with his diagnosis of autism. However, he recognises that he needs help with his mental health. Another organisation that could help is Autism Plus.
  5. please dont accept this behaviour.its not ok to be nasty to your mum or family.so im inclined to say face him up and just tell him.dont sort the mess out just leave it.your not helping by sorting his broken room.he should confront it and see what he has done be expected to sort it out and take broke things to the bin.why should any mum put up with a adult trashing the house.YOU DO NEED TO SAY NO.
  6. A lot has happened in the last few months.  I will soon be moving out my parents house.  I am TERRIFIED!  My useless social worker has given me such an unimpressive amount of hours that it doesn’t even cover my meals, let alone anything else.  But it’s happening as a result of my strained home life.

  7. gender identity trans*

    Hi, so it has been months since I last posted on here. I figured this thread was the most appropriate to post again. The reason for my absence is because I needed the time to figure out who I was. Last time I was on here, I was questioning my gender and the whole thing was tearing me apart. I have come to realise, I am transgender, ftm. My support workers have been brilliant and have taken me clothes shopping. But my parents (who barely accepted my autism and ADHD have taken it badly. Anyway, I’m back, now that I’m more settled and beginning to live as male.
  8. BBC Chris Packham - Aspergers and me

    The bit about him being in a relationship with a zookeeper surprised me a bit, because I'd seen him quoted in press releases by the Captive Animals Protection Society (who are anti-zoos). Then again, just because he gives them the odd soundbite doesn't mean he buys into their entire philosophy. It's a bit like Martina Navratilova lending her support to PeTA's anti-fur campaign whilst turning a blind eye to their blanket opposition to animal experimentation ("Even if it led to a cure for Aids, we'd still be against it"). Here's a rather provocative piece by Chris in his capacity as a zookeeper's significant other: Why killing Marius the giraffe was justified - even though it's a PR disaster
  9. Awfull Christmas son almost 24 went into a rage boxing day morning spent the next four days locked in his room refused to speak refused food drank water from the tap when we left the house didn't bath for over a week trashed his room I was in a right state upset he did holler he was leaving he didn't but I've contacted social services and said we need help respite or a scheme called shared lives so we can begin the long process of him going into supported liveing it upsets me but I've had enough of his outburst and regimes his controlling ways I'm getting to old we didn't have anyone round over Xmas we didn't go anywhere we never do so he hasn't the reason of change to account for his behavior
  10. Distance learning autism course?

    I did my BPHil in autism at the University of Birmingham. It was done via distance education with two full study weekends a year. https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/taught/edu/autism-children.aspx https://www.postgraduatesearch.com/university-of-birmingham/52993256/postgraduate-course.htm
  11. Aspergers and incontinence

    hypermobility syndrome and eds and IBS can be linked to autism which can all cause bowel issues. Hope you manage to resolve the problem soon.
  12. I don't like Facebook...

    Sounds to me like she blocked you because you messaged her without permission. Thats reasonable behaviour on her part.
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  14. What triggers your rage attacks?

    rarely have them to be honest. but used to live with someone who had them badly.
  15. What triggers your rage attacks?

    For me, it's always been bullying. I used to see a red fog and sometimes later forget what I'd done. I read for some aspies, it's sensory issues or noise.
  16. hello all I had a tough time at school, got 7 gcses B-C which im proud of and then took 7 years to get my A levels, another 7 to get my undergraduate degree and another 7 to get my postgraduate degree. i did other things though during my time at a university that didn't want me at first, disabled student of the year was one award, runner up social entrepreneur of the year was another and my graduation at my 3rd university last month. ive also set up my own support network for adults affected by autism and similar disabilities. We meet in a public place for cafe, cinema and pub groups and have just had out 7th Xmas meal. We set up a second group last April and already have 10 regular members. My volunteer work is enough for me to contribute to society, i do occasionally look for paid work, but struggle to get an interview and fill in forms.
  17. First of all autstics are not selfie or rude (those are negative stereotypes about autism) and yes he does miss social cues and signals. The situation with his mum sounds like a typical example. unless he dates a girl into those sorts of things he is going to be stuck, but teaching him it's not appropriate is going to be difficult unless you get the mum on side. Are you in the US? It's just the services we know about are UK only based.
  18. gender identity trans*

    hope everyone manages over xmas, remember your identity is valid and you matter, only you know your gender identity. No one else can dictate to you who you really are.
  19. Socialising and dating opportunities

    Has he heard of the contact group in London? It meets the second wednesday of the month between 7-9pm in the wetherspoons above Baker street tube station.
  20. autisim advice please!!

    Hello Im one of the volunteer moderators on here and am also autistic. For me eating lots of certain foods were actually making me worse. Gluten and all animal dairy was causing severe behavioural problems and stomach issues. Also self injury can be a way of redirecting physical pain, for me that was the case. Hope the assessment went well.
  21. Autistic Writer Seeking Readers

    Hello one and all, First please let me introduce myself. I'm the Autistic Liberal, an amateur blogger. I write with a strongly liberal world view about politics, focussing on issues with a large ethical element. I am also a young man with a formal diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome, living in England. As an autism sufferer, I'm a vulnerable member of the community. I'm also aware that politics is a subject that inspires very strong feelings, with an extreme minority of people resorting to harassment or even violence. For these reasons, I always write anonymously and hope you will understand my decision to do so. I'm looking for help with two issues: 1) I am looking for new readers for my blog: https://autisticliberal.wordpress.com/ Those of you on Twitter can also follow me @autistliberal (not a typo - the more obvious URL was already taken) for updates on new articles. 2) I've heard rumours of numerous amateur autism magazines - publications written by autistic people, for autistic people (or anyone else with an interest in autism). If such publications do exist, I'd like to offer to write them a politics column. With this in mind, can people please share any names of such publications you know of, with a contact e-mail address if possible. I would be happy for the publishers of any magazine I'd be writing for to know my real name, but wouldn't want it made public. Thanks in advance.
  22. He was fired from Google for arguing that men may be more suited to working in tech than women. Now James Damore opens up about his regrets – and how autism may have shaped his experience of the world "I see things differently": James Damore on his autism and the Google memo
  23. Can you help I have a 4 year old boy with ASD in my class. He is a very articulate young man. He will complete adult led activities but then has a emotional reaction when completed because he has done as he what the adult wants. He likes to negotiate with adults to do tasks on his own terms and will complete if he feels he has done it on his own term. We use box time to complete activities he will not complete, however this usually is a battle and can make him very angry and upset. He does not like praise, reward, or making adults happy. We also have deal cards, now and next cards and visual cards to help him. Any advice would be gratefully received as school is about completing activities that staff have asked and this is what he is finding the most challenging at the moment. Thanks
  24. BBC Chris Packham - Aspergers and me

    Great idea he can start by getting rid of the stereotype that we don't have empathy because his relatives showed this in the film.
  25. BBC Chris Packham - Aspergers and me

    He has a short film clip on the BBC website today. "Chris Packham wants better education for children with autism ....... " http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/health-42172182/chris-packham-wants-better-education-for-children-with-autism
  26. Socialising and dating opportunities

    There is some information here: http://community.autism.org.uk/f/miscellaneous-and-chat/4867/dating-sites
  27. Hi, I am new to online forums generally, but am hoping for some useful pointers. I am the mother of a 24 year old son with Aspergers. My son is desperate "to find a girlfriend" and it breaks my heart when he raises this subject. I don't know how to help him. I have taken him to many local special needs youth clubs over the years which have been life-enhancing in so many ways but often those attending are less able than my son and thus there is no prospect of linking up with anyone he can go out and about with. He is kind and gentle, able to get himself about locally (SE London) on public transport, has a great sense of humour and is keen to partake in normal social activities with friends, ie cinema, pub, eating out etc. He has a keen interest in rugby (watching, rather than playing!). I cannot believe there are not other people (ladies included) on the spectrum, in a similar situation. Any thoughts/pointers/details of relevant websites would be much appreciated.
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