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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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  1. gender identity trans*

    I am really pleased that this thread has helped you to realise who you are. i wish you luck in your transition, feel free to ask any questions you have about transitioning on here or via Pm to me. Recently i have been watching transformation street which although features mostly male to female patients has one female to male patient attending. The series is on channel 4 at 9pm on thursdays. Last monday the bbc 1 drama doctors featured a female to male trans character as well as a one off episode, it was very well written and portrayed.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. I don't like Facebook...

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

    rarely have them to be honest. but used to live with someone who had them badly.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. site working now? hi there,im from manchester

    There are other things we can do to make life easier for ourselves like finding autistic friendly spaces, going off gluten and dairy. There are some folk who believe chelation and other treatments can help their or their childs autism.
  13. BBC Chris Packham - Aspergers and me

    An excellent program well worth watching.
  14. Fingers crossed I've done this right ... ?

    I tend to try and edit out anything that could be misconstrued as offensive from peoples posts where possible. So far only had one person go on a rampage against me as a result.
  15. site working now? hi there,im from manchester

    I'm going to respectfully disagree with you that condition is a better description to describe autism. I find it is likely to move services away from the fact that some of us still struggle to get the help we need. To dismiss autism as a condition like blue eyes is I fear is just denting the fact that autism can be a disability. Disabled by society is what I mean rather than us being defective. Haven't read neurotribes yet. I do run a neuro diverse support group in my spare time.