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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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Martin Howe

Attention East Anglians - News from Asperger East Anglia

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Hi All
There follows an official announcement from Asperger East Anglia:

We are pleased to announce our revised and upgraded social media presence!
We are on Facebook as the page AspergerEastAnglia:
We are also on Twitter as the feed AspergerEastAng:
We can be followed in the Norwich area on Streetlife.com as the Norwich/Norfolk branch:
We can be followed in the Beccles area on Streetlife.com as the Beccles/Suffolk branch:
If you require any further information, please contact me:
Martin Howe,
Social Media Co-ordinator
For more general information about the Society, please visit our website:

 

(I have been a volunteer for the Society for many years and am now an employee!)

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Asperger East Anglia's Annual General Meeting 2014
Calling all members of Asperger East Anglia!
Our ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING will be held on Monday 24th November 2014 at 4pm in the Stanley Cooper Room of the Charing Cross Centre in Norwich.
Tea, Coffee & Biscuits will be available. See you there :)
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT IS FOR MEMBERS ONLY
If you are interested in joining the Society, please visit our website for more details. If you are already a member, please ensure that you have paid your subscription for this year in time to be admitted to the AGM.
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