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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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Paula   

Update son was awarded pip didnt even come out to see him enhanced daily liveing basic mobility i worried over nothing the physcolgist report and diagnosis was all that was required

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JeanneA   

Really good news :-}

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Paula   

Weight of mind realy is saves me appealing too tired to fight but woulda done

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trekster   

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

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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.

Edited by Aeolienne

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eranur   
20 hours ago, Aeolienne said:

I've been turned down.

They are making it harder to get benefits. Given that the PIP is about money, I'm wondering why that excerpt is focusing on things that would require some kind of support worker. Is that what it was for? I know someone who got money to pay for a few hours of support work. It seems like you have to demonstrate some crisis-level of need, like you're about to try killing yourself...

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