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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. Support meeting in Trafford, Manchester

    No idea what food will be on offer but hopefully someone will have some gluten free or something, it's mainly just the parents of kids who go plus professionals. Ruth
  2. Melatonin, Ritalin, Stratera, Risperdol(?)

    Risperdol is often prescribed in balance with ritalin because it counters the sleep and appetite problems that can be present with just ritalin on its own. It's something not to go into without a lot of research and also your child should be offered regular blood tests. My son was on ritalin briefly but it turned him into a zombie, he was given risperdol as an anti anxiety as well and we carried on with that because he was getting twice weekly migraines through stress and anxiety. However the migraines started to reappear and I wasn't prepared to take the risk of him having a higher dose. Interestingly in America the FDA has refused an application for a license to prescribe risperdol to autistic children, and likewise strattera was linked recently to increased suicide risk, however I don't know the numbers involved on that one. I think there is often a temptation to drug the child so he fits in with society, that is what i felt with my son, it would help him behave at school, although he was out of school at the time. However when the childs condition is seriously affectly whole family well being then it is a very difficult decision to make but sometimes a lifesaver Ruth
  3. Support meeting in Trafford, Manchester

    They are always on a wednesday, but topics vary from meeting to meeting. the dates after this one are 22/3, 17/5 and 12/7, will try and find out the topics Ruth
  4. F.A.S.T (Families with Autism & Aspergers, Support in Trafford) The next meeting will be Wednesday 25th January 2006 Where The Community Room behind Broadheath Primary School Sinderland Road, Altrincham Time 7-9pm Topic Dietary Issues in Autism with Margaret Moss (Nutritionist and Director of Nutiriton and allergy Clinic) www.nutritionandallergyclinic.co.uk Refreshments available For more information please contact Ruth (Parent) 07904 146951 Liz (Ed Psychologist) 912 1179 Geraldine (Parent Partnership) 912 3150 We don't get many people tunr up as a rule, probably more lack of advertising than anything else but ti would be nice to see a few more faces Ruth
  5. F.A.S.T (Families with Autism & Aspergers, Support in Trafford) The next meeting will be Wednesday 25th January 2006 Where The Community Room behind Broadheath Primary School Sinderland Road, Altrincham Time 7-9pm Topic Dietary Issues in Autism with Margaret Moss (Nutritionist and Director of Nutiriton and allergy Clinic) www.nutritionandallergyclinic.co.uk Refreshments available For more information please contact Ruth (Parent) 07904 146951 Liz (Ed Psychologist) 912 1179 Geraldine (Parent Partnership) 912 3150 We don't get many people tunr up as a rule, probably more lack of advertising than anything else but ti would be nice to see a few more faces Ruth
  6. Trafford Parents

    No nothing like that as yet, I can give you contact details which is basically my email address or one of the EP's email addresses. It is only now that the group is trying to get itself known.
  7. nat.mur

    My son gets migraines when stressed and someone suggested nat.mur as a painkiller, I bought some but it seems from the instructions that you should take a set amount regularly. The instructions are very small so I have had difficulty reading them. Anyone direct me to instructions in big writing!
  8. Split year groups

    Has anyone had any experience of their child being in a split year group. DS has been HE'd but is being reintroduced to school gradually. As from September though he will be with the same classmates in Y5 but with 9 members of Y4 as the school is skint and can't afford to replace the outgoing Y4 teacher. I have tried to explain it to him but he doesn't get why Y4 are in Y5, it's not logical. I need to prepare him as much as possible over the holidays so that he doesn't get totally stressed on his first day back. Also if you have experience how did the teaching work out overall with two different curriculums being taught?
  9. Grammar schools

    Interesting thread as the 11+ looms it's head in 2006 for my son. I am already thinking about what to do for the best. He is certainly bright enough to cope with the subject matter but the sheer size of the highs/grammars here is going to overwhelm him, plus all the moving around. Mind you first I will have a battle on my hands for him to be able to take the 11 plus on his own, I doubt he will need the extra time but he will need to be allowed to talk out loud to himself all the way through
  10. we survived sports day

    It was sports day for us today too, but R already decided he wasn't interested so didn't go, but the school is flexible up to a point. I, on the other hand, as other son was taking part was stood on the finishing line handing out place cards and have yet to deforst, never known a sports day so cold. The teacher sounds like an awful bully and a formal complaint wouldn't go amiss although if you work at the school then it might make things difficult WeirdCat
  11. Trafford Parents

    There's no age limit on parents, grandparents or the children they care for
  12. Trafford Parents

    Are there any parents on here from the Trafford area of Manchester? If so you may not have heard of F.A.S.T- Families with Autism Support -Trafford. Actually unless you were at the meeting tonight you wouldn't have heard of it as we replaced the previous long winded title of the support group with this new one. The support group initially started as a parental support group of children with ASD's in mainstream school but now encompasses parents with children at special schools, those who are HE'd, etc. We are suffering a lack of interest from parents probably due to lack of advertising so thought I might as well post here, the meetings are attended by both parents and professionals and we have had speakers in the past from various groups like Contact a Family and someone with benefits advice. Please contact me if you wish for any further details re meeting dates etc WeirdCat
  13. Introductions!!

    As I am about to post a new topic i thought the least i should do is introduce myself. I'm WeirdCat, remaining anonymous for the moment although some here may well recognise the name and I am a parent of 3 boys, one of whom has Aspergers, he is currently very part time at school and HE. The other two boys are NTish!!
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