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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
GEO74

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I'm a male who is just about to turn 42 who has just been diagnosed with Aspergers looking for some helpful ideas as i feel totally lost

and don't know what to do

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Welcome you've signed up for here which is a great idea. It can be a shock to get a diagnosis but hopefully you will be able to work through it and find a useful outlet for your talents and abilities.

 

Do you wish to meet other asperger folk in your area? The national autistic society could help you find a local branch or group.

 

Are you struggling financially? Personal independence payment could help you if you have support and or mobility needs.

 

Have you been offered any post diagnostic support or counselling in your area? Contact your nhs post diagnostic service.

 

Whereabouts in the uk are you county wise? I could do a search to see if there's any local support or groups in your area? Locations dont show up on my phone.

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I have a full time job that i have done for the the last 25 years but i hate everything about it i stay in highlands and islands .all the local organisations that i have found are for children and teens not what i'm looking for i will contact post diagnostic support to see if they can help thanks G

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Try also autism rights highlands. ARGH for short, they help adults. Can you get access to work help to male reasonable adjustments so work is less stressful?

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Thanks again will check these out cheers G

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