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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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. BBC Chris Packham - Aspergers and me

    An excellent program well worth watching.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Newbie here

    I've found some of the books aimed at partners of autistic/asperger folk to be quite offensive and downplaying. One of them was written by someone who invented 'cassandra syndrome' to describe non autistic partners who had developed autistic like behaviours to cope with their partners.
  7. Newbie here

    I don't mind, I just need a parent whose experienced in helping their autistic child navigate the education or other systems. I remember what school was like but I don't know how the special education system ieps etc works.
  8. greetings

    Under the post is there an edit button where you can click to change your posts.
  9. Awarded PIP

    Congrats, i got mine on grounds of physical health problems.
  10. greetings

    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.
  11. 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.
  12. Son abused at YCMA gym

    You might wanna try contacting victim support. Or see if a pastor or clergyman can reassure him these lies are completely unfounded and untrue?
  13. Major Forum Software Upgrade

    Pleased the forum has been updated i prefer this format, easier to use in a way.
  14. gender identity trans*

    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.
  15. greetings

    Hi and welcome im the most active moderator on the forum. Feel free to ask any questions.