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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. Pleased the forum has been updated i prefer this format, easier to use in a way.
  2. Welcome proudautie Have you tried contacting your local NAS branch in Manchester regarding the lack of access for trans services? Im not sure if you access facebook? There is an account called 'scott grant' which if you add will allow TMSA to add you to their secret facebook group. You can change your name legally by contacting an organisation that produces 'deed polls' or 'statutory declarations' all you need is one witness or two. Mencap or MIND might also be able to help you get the help you need. "How can I best support somebody with a learning disability who is lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender (LGBT)? Some people with a learning disability are lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender (LGBT), or they might be questioning their sexual orientation or gender. You can best support them by talking to them about being LGBT, and reassuring them that it this is okay to be LGBT. It is best practice for staff to be proactive in ensuring that the support and information they provide around sex and relationships is inclusive of LGBT people. In the provision of services there is a duty under the Equality Act 2010 to provide equality of opportunity to individuals with protected characteristics, including sexual orientation and gender reassignment. There are resources available to help you support LGBT people with a learning disability: CHANGE has produced an easy-read booklet on being lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender. The Social Care Institute for Excellence has produced a video on working with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people with a learning disability. Advice and information can be found in the online summary of the Secret Loves, Hidden Lives research project, which looked at the lives of lesbian, gay and bisexual people with a learning disability." https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/guides-to-support-and-services/lgbtq-mental-health/#.WTslnuvyvIU i have heard good things about MIND being LGBTQ friendly, in some areas there is a trans mindline http://www.leedsandyorkpft.nhs.uk/our-services/gender-identity-service/ there is a telephone number on there, try ringing and explaining your situation to them. Ask them to help you fill in the forms, I have support workers help me fill in forms because my handwriting is poor. Explain to them you can't find anyone who is willing to help you fill in the forms.
  3. Hi and welcome im the most active moderator on the forum. Feel free to ask any questions.
  4. You thought about sending him on a holiday for people with disabilities? Then you both get a break. i went to Cornwall on a holiday for people with learning disabilities whilst my gran and aunt went to France, picking me up on the way home.
  5. Actually we don't delete accounts of members. We just advise people to stop logging in, we do consign people to the spam folder if we have to bar them.
  6. Hello and welcome to the forum, there are other members here who are into science myself included.
  7. Hope you're assessment goes well and gives you the answers you need. Either way a diagnosis is not required for membership of this forum.
  8. Welcome and thank you for running a group to help others it's hard work.
  9. I don't recall there being a way of deleting your membership. People normally logout and don't logback in again.
  10. Welcome I am half Kirkaldian.
  11. Welcome to the forum. I left Bath spa university with a diphe after my friend died. I completed 180 credits of my diet and health degree. I later went on to complete a Bphil in Autism.
  12. Welcome back
  13. Thanks for posting this. My mp is a tory so unsure if this will be something he supports.
  14. Yes and I only got my pip on grounds of my physical health needs. My autism was disregarded. It's how you describe your sons needs that they take into account. Hope you're gp can help you. Don't know what mine said but it did help. Can you get help from a local nas branch or mind or mencap? They helped my family over the years even when the NHS left me to rot.
  15. The ones that refuse to allow my support workers to speak for me when I've given permission in the room at the time I refuse to see again.