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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. Upset

    I was told this might be a problem for us on the last day of the term. Apparently the normal company will have to put in a tender for the contract along with other companies and if they are unsuccessful they won't be the people collecting my son this coming term. God help us if that happens!
  2. Shaking with excitement!

    Thank you all for your replies. Sorry it's taken me so long to get back. I had an encouraging responce from our GP. He is dropping a note to the CDC requesting an appointment for Maisie with a view to them assessing her for Dyspraxia. First hurdle jumped!
  3. Shaking with excitement!

    My eight year old daughter Maisie has a diagnosis of ADHD and there has always been a feeling on the part of the health experts that there is an element of Aspergers there too. The last appointment we attended at the CDC saw Maisie prescribed Atomoxetine. We are not comfortable with giving her these tablets due to the scary list of side effects. It was whilst doing some research on what Dyspraxia Week was all about that I noticed from the list of symptoms that Maisie suffers from literally all the symptoms! I know this might sound really silly but because we've spent the last 8 and a half years wondering what it was about Maisie that was different and not actually getting a diagnosis that fitted well with how she is I feel almost excited that I finally may have a name to put to her behaviour. I have made an appointment with our GP and have printed out the three pages of symptoms, highlighting the ones relevent to Maisie. But what do I do now? I can present the list to my GP but can I be sure they will take me seriously seeing as she already has a diagnosis for something? Am I silly if I expect more assistance to be offered to Maisie if I can convince them to reconsider their diagnosis or will nothing change? I expect none of the above makes any sense but what I'm saying I suppose is I feel as though I've finally discovered who my daughter is and I'm scared someone is going to send me away telling me I'm wrong leaving us exactly where we are now.
  4. New Forest Meetup

    I was wondering if this was open to me and my family? We live close by but don't want to intrude. I'm very shy but would like to meet people in a similar situation to us.
  5. One word association

  6. One word association

  7. Can anyone recomend any good books.

    I've just finished Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew. I found it really good! I had many a 'penny dropping' moment.
  8. Having to laugh...

    This is something I can relate to. My DS has made me laugh out loud so many times I've lost count. Lately he has taken to walking around in just his underwear with a small bowling ball stuffed down the front. No idea why. He just likes it!
  9. My DS is very much into our local hobby store. Hornby Trains by the ton! Strangly enough he points out every car wash from home to where ever we may be going but don't even think about going into one!
  10. My head is spinning!

    Thanks for the replies! It's all systems go now to get the statement through in time for mid autumn term. I have the dreaded parental profile to write.
  11. My head is spinning!

    I'm all over the place at the moment! We have gone from a refusal to assess with a view to statementing to an offer of a place at a school for autistic children in a little over a week! Firstly we receive the letter from our local education department saying after careful consideration they have decided not to assess O for a statement as he has adequate support in place from various different agencies plus 1 to 1 at school. After we request and attend a meeting at O's school to discuss their decision and voice our concerns about their decision they ring me approx 2 days later to say that O has been offered a place at a School in their dedicated Autistic unit in a class of six starting in September! I have accepted the place, bought the uniform and now I'm sat here wondering what happened! One parent I spoke to last week at the open afternoon said she'd been fighting for 4 years to get her son into the school. It seems a little unfair and quite strange that for me it was handed to us on a plate so to speak. I'm now paranoid something is going to happen and it'll all have been a dream.
  12. One word association

  13. Delayed shock?

    I'd like to say a huge thank you to each and every one of you for your great replies! Isn't it amazing that, no matter how bleak things appear, knowing others have been there, seen it etc and are still ok can make such a massive difference to how you feel about the situation and can actually make the future appear less daunting! I'm so grateful to you all! Life just might not be so bleak after all. Now! About the statementing process.............................................
  14. One word association

  15. Local newspaper published my letter

    Well done you!