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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. Hello, Many thanks for your response! I really hate supermarkets and the monopoly they have over this country's buying habbits. The supermarket is a cancer at the heart of Britain, brazenly lying at every turn, whilst destroying our agricultural and social heritage, and converting us into a nation ruled by short-cuts and devoured by indolence. They're also far too colourful and bright; if they were a person, I would be sure they had a long history of manic depression. That's a small rant, but I'm not a particularly angry person...! I do, however, like making patterns in my head with the check-out bleeps. *Breathes sigh of relief* Best wishes.
  2. Hello! Many thanks for your reply. I'm glad to hear you're looking into AS for your son, as life may have been much easier had I (and those around me) known as a child. I'm happy to have Aspergers, I feel I belong to a special club. Good luck with everything. Best wishes.
  3. Hello Nat, Many thanks for your kind comments. I'm really please you went along to the blog, and that you enjoyed it. I guess I write it for my own catharsis, but it's great to know that someone else can read it and empathise, and now I know I'm not the only one who walks in circles, buying nothing in supermarkets! Sounds like you live in Autisville to me... Best wishes.
  4. Hello everyone, I have AS, and was diagnosed around four months ago. Following the diagnosis, I was a little frustrated that there wasn't a guide for exactly how I felt. I started writing a blog in an attempt to understand my own AS better, and thought that it may also help anyone else who may have AS or know someone who has, and finds it difficult putting things into words. Hopefully it may be of some use, it certainly is to me. Many thanks, www.whitecubed.blogspot.com Ps - if you have any comments, please feel free to post them.