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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. Moderators Help Please!

    HI All My son has just joined this group and wants to post a message, however he keeps getting an error returned as "you do not have permission to post on this board" and this happens for all boards. Whats happening? Are we both being completely brain dead here? Help please! Lisa
  2. Meltdowns in older kids

    Hi all It would seem reasonable for school to let him know of changes as soon as poss - will raise this in review meetings. I have been emailing uni's - most have a good support sytem in place, University of Birmingham also has links with Autism West Midlands L
  3. Meltdowns in older kids

    Hi C is now 17 and still has a few meltdowns at school. They are getting less, but school staff are finding it hard to help and I don't know what to suggest When he has a meltdown, he won't or can't calm down, anything said to him doesn't get through, he gets in such a tizz that help just washes over him. I don't know what to suggest or do, both to and for him and to and for school staff. Meltdowns are usually school work related, or due to unforseen changes. He wants to go to university in September 07 - I dread the thought of people relatively new to him having to deal with this. Can anyone suggest anything? Cheers L
  4. insurance brokers

    Not sure if there is such a thing as the Freedom of Information act (I think there is!) but you should be able to request copies of all relevant information from the insurance brokers under this Act. L
  5. Is the triad just examining responses?

    Hi Ian This is Chris Sound and smell - "Whats that noise?" or "Whats that smell?" long before anyone else is aware of noise/smell. However, always seems to have TV/Ipod turned up really loud without it bothering him. shortsighted. Sensation - little things which I thought shouldn't bother him (like scratches or bumps) did bother him a lot, but would get splinters and leave the things in his skin until they'd gone nasty and septic (and said he hadn't noticed) Touch - hated it a few years ago, wouldn't be hugged, now quite touchy feely, will give and receive hugs. However still runs a mile when he sees me approaching as ne knows I'm about to check if his ears are clean! L
  6. Driving Licence

    For anyone that remembers my post the other day about being stuck in the middle of the DVLA and our GP, regarding medical reports, I have some good news - Chris's licence arrived on Saturday! At the beginning of the week the DVLA were insisting on hospital records. We said there weren't any, other than those made by the paediatrician some years back, we didn't consider that he needs to be under the care of a consultant. They insisted that they must have hospital reports. I said they could either sort things out p.d.q or I would be on the phone everyday. Don't know what happened but either my reasoned arguments swayed them or someone saw sense! I have found a nice older chap who thinks he can teach Chris to drive and his first lesson is on Wednesday. He is already digesting the Highway Code (another rant - now you have to fork out for one rather than getting one with your licence!) so I hope his ability to retain facts will be useful here. Anyway, if you are around the South Gloucestershire area on Wednesday at 11am - stay off the roads! Lisa
  7. Bike Riding / Driving

    Hi Daisy Thank you for that - it was helpful to read it. Chris is going to phone again on Tuesday - I will tell him to ask for the medical clerk Best wishes Lisa
  8. Bike Riding / Driving

    Hmm, driving, sore point right now! Applied for Chris's licence back at end January, heard nothing, phoned DVLA, they needed medical report (well, we expected that!), phoned Dr, oh yes he'd had a letter, made appointment, go to Dr's - he'd lost the letter! Arranged for him to phone Chris next night, Chris being in school all day and at work (kitchen assistant in a nursing home, loves it) no phone call. Phone surgery, get daft receptionist who didn't seem to know her bum from her elbow! "I'll get Dr to phone now" "No thats no good, Chris told Dr he was at work at this time" "Oh I'll get him to phone tomorrow then" "No thats no good, Chris told the Dr he's at school tomorrow WHICH IS WHY WE WANTED HIM TO PHONE AT THE TIME ARRANGED!" "Oh I dunno what to do then!" Grrr! I lose it with the receptionist and get a telling off from the Dr. Eventually phone call made. What questions does Chris get asked? How does his condition affect him, etc etc? Oh no - the only thing they wanted to know was was he on any medications!!! Few more phone calls back and forth. No licence has been issued, we haven't heard from your GP (another row with receptionist who refuses to tell us anything. Eventually they give way and tell Chris that Dr wrote to DVLA a month ago. Stuck in the middle now between DVLA and GP! Week later another phone call to DVLA "Oh yes we've received it but we need to scan it rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb..." Still no licence You get the picture - we're stuck in the middle and getting nowhere! If I'd known it would take this long we would have applied six months ago! Going to phone again Tuesday and see what c**p they come out with this time. If anyone can think of a way to get through the DVLA's thick heads please let me know! Thanks for listening to me rant! Lisa
  9. its all kicked off ......

    LOL at Suze! Just spoke to Chris - not the only one struggling apparently - have told him to come and look on here and look at the website Phasmid put a link to. He says he's going to stick at it for a couple of weeks, review all his previous work this weekend, but if its not getting any easier he will think about changing course, IT possibly or history. Lisa
  10. its all kicked off ......

    Thanks Phasmid I'll show him that - hopefully it will make more sense to Chris than to me! although he was talking about seeing a teacher this am and switching to something else - if it will reduce the stress then I'm fine with that - I don't think any of us will be able to cope with this for 2 years! Canopus I'll see whats happened tonight when he get home - if we're still with maths can he pm you? Nellie they do sound like a soap powder - washes whiter and stresses you out! Can't wait for Bad's comments! Thanks to all for good wishes Lisa
  11. Well, just back into the new term, cat not very well (allergies) daughters pierced ear not healing up (yuck), dishwasher broke down (water everywhere and more expense), computer not very well (b****y blueyonder) and then theres Chris did really well in GCSE's, signed up for 4 A levels - maths, chemistry, physics and DT (oh dear, really difficult set, gulp), and last night he came home in a right stress "I can't do this, its too difficult I can't cope" nearly in tears anyone know anything about SURD's? Lisa
  12. How British are you?

    Oh dear! I only got 4 right! Guess they'd send me back again to where I came from (Bristol!)
  13. Any putor experts around?

    Well I work for an IT company so suppose could ask the techie guys for help. (bit embarrassing really!) I only do goods in/out, reception and admin so its not as if I'm supposed to know what I'm doing in techie land Trouble is they use techie speak and I'm not good at that! Like the kick it and leave hubby to sort it out option Viper! Nellie how do I do the F8 thingy? Would that be at start up? Cheers guys Lisa
  14. Any putor experts around?

    Would like to use a cattle prod on it Karen! Thanks Nellie will try that. Two blokes on helpline more or less admitted that the probs I'd had were down to PCGuard! Lisa
  15. Hi people, last night tried to download something called PCGuard from Blueyonder website, didn't install, pc crashed, internet wipted out. Got it back eventually but pc has since crashed again, we're running XP. Is my only option to phone time putors, get the disks and reinstall, and then try to set up everything again? Never intend to touch the PCGuard thing again - avoid! Lisa