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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. greetings

    Explain meaning and purpose of this statement please.
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    milo! methinks you need to put your brain in a pickle jar. does wonders for the grey matter. and that goes for the computer too. as for writing, i often feel that despite ideas being presented in black and white, there is always a shortfall on the receptor end. one's logic can be absolutely pure, but if read by a monkey..... and speaking of monkey-minds - ah, the nas. yes, as i predicted, it's disappearing up with the smoke being blown up the proverbial botty over there; failure, i stated, was inevitable.... one day people will listen to me, ahhh, those will be the days.... order, peace, cats etc etc. it was obvious that the nas was going to fall victim to its decision - nt thinking at work again. i find it hilarious in the extreme that they would 'poll' now on any changes, yet say that the decision ultimately would reside with the mods. laughable. utterly laughable. i feel even more vindicated to have left that slow car crash behind and gone on foot elsewhere... good luck to you though, with your attempts to act as switzerland, but please, don't exhaust yourself; remember that the power is not in your hands to effect change there.... ..... and it's like rats leaving a sinking ship over at nas. another person deactivating their account. i know of several individuals now who have either 'left'' or deactivated entirely. don't blame them. i won't be returning... i think this forum would be a perfect place and alternative for the nas site. it's well structured, easily accessible - though i do find its auto explitive removal tedious in the extreme - bum!!! hopefully a new acorn will result in a tree...
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    Well, Sherlock, as far as logical solutions go, a very tidy fit in the old infinitely pieced jigsaw of logic, yet you know not perhaps that the tree population rustled in justified relief when computer technology came along with spellcheck and edit functions, as I cannot write anything generally without having to abridge it a multitude of times from complex long~form aspertechian to short-form simplis-tico-speak when explaining stuff. Twenty-two commentaries abridged down to seven, seven abridged down to one, and one up to three to produce one piece of writing, and the job is done. Fortunately I have a stand-alone self-contained PC with no outside inclinations whatsoever, as it was taken to my local trusted computer vet and given a coding snip, and I only use the word-processor on it anyway with all its multitude of so far completely irrelevant functions. Well irrelevant to me at least. The thing about my process of writing, is that by the time I get to a finished article, I am completely and utterly in no way inclined to write anything ever again, in the short-term. Strangely enough, at the N.A.S., recall all the damage a leader board could achieve stuff that we were discussing, well it happened, hence I have been a bit busy of late getting peaceful vibes back on line, and I will be busy for a little while longer perhaps with the initial peace treaties among the community members. Fortunately, there has also been as a result of which several calls to do away with the leader board in a functional sense ~ which is remarkably appealing!!!
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  7. I wasn't diagnosed until after I completed full-time education; does that count?
  8. It's worrying to think that he could end up a more hardened criminal after spending time in jail.
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    Merle Haggard, Mama Tried
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    milo, i do believe the only logical solution is pen and paper for drafting, and not to resort to using one's best ink and vellum until one is content with the content - ha!
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    Yes, only though for a limited duration, be it until the end of the day, or however long, thereafter nothing more can be done about written errors at my point of interface. This has already been addressed on the other thread, and this problem with editing remains as stated here also.
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  13. Hi everyone, In regard to my previous post, I would still really love to hear from you regarding a research online interview (or online text chat) if you have past experience in the UK education system as someone with Aspergers. Would be great to hear of your experiences and ideas! lydiabeeuk@yahoo.co.uk Many thanks Lydia
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    Under the post is there an edit button where you can click to change your posts.
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    Wording errors, spelling mistakes, and so fourth. I found the thread, but as the edit function only remains viable for a short time after posting, alas, the question remains.
  16. Awarded PIP

    Congrats, i got mine on grounds of physical health problems.
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    i dont understand your question, edit function for what? There is a thread about the new look website which would be the best place to ask.
  18. Newbie here

    Hello and welcome One book ive found useful is 'multicoloured mayhem' by jacqui jackson, it's about a mother of a number of different neurodiverse children. I hope you find the support you need here. Hoping to get a parent to help moderate the forum soon.
  19. gender identity trans*

    I had this troll following me around other forums recently, where I was referred to as an animal abuser, and also a tranny dong sucker. Seriously. He spammed over the forums for several days, and there was nobody to delete it.
  20. Serves him right. Innocent people could have been killed. His sick actions are distinct from his autism, so he ought to accept it was wrong to make a device he knew could clearly be deadly.
  21. I pledged cash to be in a film, and other perks like getting a copy of it. So I found the producer on Facebook. She blocked me, saying I messaged her private account (sounds like more Facebook style BS to me). All I wanted to know was when it was out. Some people are snooty and incredibly selfish, or anti-social. I've seen people asking for as much as £700 on Indiegogo to be an extra in a movie. That is really quite ridiculous, and almost like begging.
  22. why you should eat dark chocolate!

    I am a lover of dark chocolate and it's a good food for the brain.
  23. Money-saving tips for carers

    Thank you for sharing the link it is helpful!
  24. So sad to hear your story dear, did you try to consult a counseling team. Perhaps that helps.
  25. Distance learning autism course?

    I don't know about this but it's a good thing to know. Thank you
  26. Good luck on your research and I hope you will provide great information to people.
  27. gender identity trans*

    This thread is more sensible and complex. I hope everyone out there understands transgender and never judge them.
  28. What's everyone listening to?

    I like to listen to and watch nineteen sixties stuff, such as:
  29. Sodium Valproate

    Not too sure if this is going to get read or not. But there is one thing I would like to point out. If your child gets to child bearing age or is thinking about getting pregnant and are still on Sodium Valproate, I would strongly advise to speak to a consultant or a doctor regarding changing the medication. Sodium Valproate isn't a good drug to be taking during pregnancy. This is coming from experience. Thanks
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