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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. Recently opened in Grassmoor nr Chesterfield in Derbyshire... http://www.derbyshiretimes.co.uk/news/video-cat-cafe-is-the-purr-fect-place-to-unwind-1-8422025
  2. "Cat café" offers free sessions for autistics

    In Japan there's even one on a train! Passengers enjoy Japan's first cat café on a moving train
  3. Awarded PIP

    I've been turned down. This is what the DWP said in their letter under the My decision heading:As your needs vary, my decision is based on the help you need most days. You said you can manage taking nutrition, managing therapy or monitoring a health condition, washing and bathing, managing toilet needs or incontinence, dressing and undressing, communicating verbally and reading and understanding signs, symbols and words. I agree you can manage these activities. You said you have difficulties preparing food, engaging with other people face to face and making budgeting decisions. I decide you can prepare and cook a simple meal unaided, engage with other people unaided and make complex budgeting decisions unaided. You said you can manage moving around. I agree you can manage this activity. You said you have difficulty planning and following journeys. I decided you can plan and follow the route of a journey unaided. At your recent consultation you appeared tense however your mood was stable. You were able to effectively engage with your assessor and establish eye contact with them. You demonstrated good long and short term memory and appeared to have insight into your condition. You demonstrated good cognition and were able to give detailed answers to the questions asked. This is consistent with informal observations at your face to face consultation, how you engaged with the assessor and your mental state examination results.
  4. Former altar boy facing years in jail for planting home-made bomb on Tube train A weapons-obsessed student is facing years behind bars for planting a home-made bomb on a busy Tube train. Former altar boy Damon Smith built the device at home with a £2 clock from Tesco after finding an online al Qaida article entitled Make A Bomb In The Kitchen Of Your Mom. Smith, 20, claimed it was a hoax but was found guilty of possession of an explosive substance with intent following a trial at the Old Bailey. The autistic defendant, who smiled in the dock, will be sentenced by Judge Richard Marks QC later. On the morning of October 20 last year, Smith, then aged 19, packed a rucksack with explosives and deadly ball-bearing shrapnel as he headed to college in Holloway, north London. He was caught on CCTV as he travelled on the Jubilee Line, casually flicking through a text book before getting off and leaving the bomb on the floor, timed to go off within minutes. At least 10 passengers were in the carriage at the time and some of them spotted the abandoned rucksack and alerted the driver. The driver at first dismissed it as lost property and took it into his cab and carried on towards North Greenwich, jurors were told. During the journey, he spotted wires coming out of the bag and raised the alarm as he pulled into the station. Had Smith's bomb worked, it would have exploded just as commuters were being ordered off the platform, the jury heard. The defendant went on to college and, on returning home in the evening, checked the internet for news of what he had done. Upon his arrest by counter-terrorism officers, Smith admitted making the bomb but claimed he only meant it to spew harmless smoke as a Halloween joke. He told police he had been inspired from watching someone on a YouTube channel called Trollstation doing a bomb prank. A search of Smith's home in Rotherhithe, south London, revealed his fixation with guns, explosives and other weapons. Police seized a blank-firing self-loading pistol and a BB gun, both bought legally, as well as a knuckleduster and a knife which he showed off in an online video. Police also uncovered torn-off scraps of shredded paper with bomb-making instructions on it and a "shopping list" of components. Smith told police he was interested in Islam but denied being an extremist even though he posed next to an image of the Brussels-born Islamic terrorist alleged to have masterminded the attacks in Paris in November 2015 In his defence, extracts of a psychiatric report were read out confirming an autism spectrum disorder. He had been interested in bomb-making since the age of 10 and said it was "something to do when he was bored". Smith, who grew up living with his mother in Newton Abbot, Devon, said he had thought about putting a bomb in a park but decided it would be "more funny" to delay train passengers. Original link: http://www.aol.co.uk/news/2017/05/25/former-altar-boy-facing-years-in-jail-for-planting-home-made-bom/
  5. I wasn't diagnosed until after I completed full-time education; does that count?
  6. It's worrying to think that he could end up a more hardened criminal after spending time in jail.
  7. What's everyone listening to?

    Merle Haggard, Mama Tried
  8. What's everyone listening to?

    Texas, In Demand And yes, that really is Alan Rickman in the video. Lucky, lucky Sharleen Spiteri!
  9. Call for Proposals for Autscape 2017

    Tomorrow is the closing date to book places as a day visitor at Autscape, but they haven't finalised the schedule yet. How rubbish is that?
  10. What's everyone listening to?

    Soundgarden at Lollapalooza Chile 2014
  11. This issue (July) will be the last paper edition of Asperger United. Thereafter it will only be available as an online edition. Thoughts anyone? Will the paper edition be missed?
  12. reasons to smile and be happy.

    The ponds have even featured on the Radio 4 programme Open Country: Hampstead Heath Ponds
  13. How many GCSEs?

    Isn't Young Enterprise meant to cover this? My school was well into YE and in my younger years I was interested in getting involved, or perhaps it would be more true to say I was curious to find out how people went from a concept to running a business. But then late in Year 11 a pupil from the year above gave us the lowdown on what it was really like and I was put right off. She said, IIRC, "You spend the best part of the beginning of the autumn term arguing about what the product is going to be - you discover who your real friends are." (Emphasis added.) I had a suspicion it would be like playing rounders. That is, the most popular people snap up the most rewarding positions whereas I'd get the equivalent of deep-fielder where I'd have ######-all to do most of the time but would still be expected to attend every meeting (and get yelled at if I failed to respond to something coming my way).
  14. What's your secret? Aeolienne, aged 42, single, only ever had one relationship
  15. Hobbies

    My interests are Baroque music, recorder playing, practical conservation, reading (fiction, astronomy, environmental issues) and visiting art exhibitions.
  16. What's everyone listening to?

  17. What's everyone listening to?

  18. The New Idealist Magazine

    And here's the result... Issue 6 The Autism Issue
  19. Should the NAS get out of AS and HFA?

    No-one actually explains what CMT stands for.
  20. Governmental guidance on ASD for GPs

    Is the hospital passport related to the disability passport?
  21. Aids to communication

    Are those related to the "Disability Passport"?
  22. Asperger East Anglia - News Feed thread

    What language(s) do you use?
  23. After Specialisterne from Denmark, Aspiritech from the USA and the UK's own AutismWorks comes Passwerk from Belgium. http://www.passwerk.be er... so not very unique actually. To paraphrase Henry Ford, it would seem that the business model for Aspie-friendly employment is "you can have any job you want, so long as it involves software testing". Yawn - wake me up when someone realises that Aspies have other interests.
  24. This article mentions Specialisterne, Aspiritech and ULTRA Testing: "Autism Without Fear: Don’t Get TOO Excited About Autism Employment Initiatives" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-john-carley/autism-without-fear-dont-_2_b_9365380.html
  25. Further to my last post, I should clarify that Asperger's has been dropped from DSM-IV (or V, or wherever we are now) but not from ICD10 (the British equivalent).