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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. Creative refinement does not seem to be a possibility here. The quote function is only temporary - I assume until you sign out for other destinations. Hey ho!
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  4. I don't think this is restricted to parents of AS kids. Many parents will emphasise the importance of exams - because they are quite important in many aspects of your future life. I try to be balanced with my kids - concentrate on getting exams at school, as it is by far the easiest time to get them. Teachers on tap, everything (almost) paid for. Lots of peers doing the same as you. However, it is not the end of your life if it doesn't work out at 16 years old. I know many people who didn't get their GCSEs at 16, but went on to be very successful in life. they all did get their exams eventually though:/ Without GCSEs you are unlikely to be able to get many jobs, and so you will have restricted what you can do - finding something you enjoy will be harder, and parents want their kids to find jobs they enjoy!.
  5. My interests are Baroque music, recorder playing, practical conservation, reading (fiction, astronomy, environmental issues) and visiting art exhibitions.
  6. i think it is true that we concentrate on getting the exams with our kids.i did it with my kids not because i valued exams (i dont have exams??) but society values exams and everything does seem to hang off them .i wish that they weren't important.i wish i knew of a better way.my son got all his standard grades and all his highers he is now at university doing computing.he is happy just now but i worry about his future.will he cope with a really working life( i have not) will he crash and burn at obstacles ( i have)my parents didn't care about us as kids we weren't encouraged and were ignored.both my parents were addicts i have tried to be a great parent and have spent all my time concentrating on my asd kids.i dont know if asd people are ever really happy?or content possibly.we are always searching for happiness i dont know if its our parents fault or for that matter the fact we were educated and got our exams. i have to say people who haven't finished off there education when they are perfectly capable arent well thought of either?but can be successful if not respected by their peers.if you were a artist but didnt go to art school it is tricky with employers.so i think inner happiness is about more than just education and parents pushing us along.it a much bigger whole thing. <3 it is a interesting subject x
  7. Eureka - now I see Edit by the Quote; I was blind and now I see . . . . . . . Thumph!
  8. Hi Lufty. I was writing about deleting in the 'editing' sense of things and all that - not completely deleting them! These posts are the children of my mind, and writing viable stuff is a labour of love. Can you or does anyone else know how to access or better yet still 'recognize' the edit function . . . ? Deepthought
  9. Hi Deepthought You should be able to edit your posts but not delete them completely once they have been posted. I hope this helps. Kind regards Lufty
  10. I have asked this question elsewhere but here would of have been more appropriate, so is there a way of deleting/correcting written errors or irregularities once posted?
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    Thanks for sharing this information.
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  19. Oh yes watching my favorite movie also makes me happy.
  20. listening songs and reading books make me happy
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  22. Elvis Presley song "Jailhouse rock"
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