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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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    I wish I knew how it would feel to be free
    I wish I could break all the chains holding me
    I wish I could say all the things that I should say
    Say 'em loud say 'em clear For the whole wide world to hear.
    I wish I could share All the love that's in my heart
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  1. caught 'little friends' again at work!!!:(

    apparantly if you put conditioner thru ur hair, then put a shower cap on over it, leave it overnight, it suffocates them and they die! also I have heard vodka in the hair is a good alternative to the hedrin stuff, and may work out cheaper lol I have not tried either tho!
  2. How does an Adult with Aspergers make friends?

    work or some sort of voluntary work will provide some sort of social contact at least......do u work?
  3. Urgh cannot get a handle on it, 13 year old with Aspergers

    another thing i wanted to add is, of course ur not a 'bad mother' you are just trying to help your son as best u can, it sounds as though the school will be very supportive. Hopefully if you all work together, things will improve for both u and Christian. ur aknowledging the fact something is 'wrong' (whatever the cause may be) and doing something about it. There may be some underlying issue thats bothering him.
  4. Urgh cannot get a handle on it, 13 year old with Aspergers

    great the school are so supportive, so hopefully they will continue to help him through it. communication between you and the school is the best thing, so you can work together.
  5. Urgh cannot get a handle on it, 13 year old with Aspergers

    Great u managed to get him to go into school anyway, and that he stayed there. Did he call you from his own phone or school office phone? If he was using his own phone why was he not in class? Or why was he using his phone in class? what procedures have the school put in place for when he says he feels like this?? Perhaps it would be a good idea for you to meet with school staff to discuss the issues he is having, and decide what should be done when this happens. Also perhaps tell him its not ok to call u during school hours, and if there is a problem he should seek help from staff, who will call you if it is indeed an emergency. Do you and he know the staff well enough to trust them to work through the problem with?
  6. Aspie Quiz

    why not put what u want to say in writing, it might make it a bit easyer.
  7. Aspie Quiz

    I think AS affects each individual so differently, and each person has different ways of adapting and coping that often no one will see the 'signs' of being Autistic. What about any close family members? You could ask about what your interests were as a child. What you played with etc. Rather than asking if they think you have Aspergers, because u probably won't be steriotypically AS. Many people have the wrong perception of Autism. thanks: its an old song, i just stole the lyrics ha ha
  8. Aspie Quiz

    Aspie hunting This group contains passive hunting traits. One part of the traits is related to preferred habitats (e.g. slowly flowing water; caves; woods; liking mist or fog). Another part seems to be close-contact hunting traits (e.g. jumping over things; climbing; chasing animals; biting; enjoying spinning in circles; strong grip; strong hands; physical endurance; enjoying rodeo riders). Some other traits are related to sneaking (e.g. sneaking through the woods; sneaking up on animals; walking on toes) and general hunting tactics (e.g. mimicking animal sounds; digging; throwing small things; building traps; fascination for fire; sniffing) this was from the same website, after you take the quiz, click on 'detailed results suitable for printing PDF'
  9. Why do YOU THINK people never reply to emails or texts or whatever

    It depends on who they are and what you have sent them a message about, is it a close friend just someone you know do they have a busy stressful life (probably most people on here do) But I totally understand your frustration and upset when people don't reply to your messages, esp when u think of them as a friend.
  10. anxiety school

    thats good then, perhaps the school could start him off with something computer related, that will interest him.
  11. anxiety school

    it is understandable that he will be anxious, new place, new people etc. Though with only 10 pupils it will probably be an ideal setting for your son, the fact that it is attatched to a mainstream school is also great, as when he feels comfortable enough he may be able to access some mainstream classes with support of the unit. How many staff will there be for the 10 pupils? Deff ask them lots of questions, poss without ur son being there at the time. How they handle challenging behaviour, or if he becomes withdrawn etc. Do they offer daily communication as in home school diary etc or even a phone call at the end of the day at the beginning, just to let u know how things have been, and you could also let them know of any worries your son has. hopefully things go well for him, will he be attending full time?
  12. anxiety school

    does he know any of the staff who will be working with him? or any of the other pupils? also has he been for a visit? was it a successful visit?
  13. Urgh cannot get a handle on it, 13 year old with Aspergers

    I would aknowledge the fact that he is feeling 'ill' and finding things difficult, but that you are still going along with the plan, so a picnic, take him along, and if he feels ill offer him an alternative to help him cope. a quiet space to sit away from others untill he feels better. or go for a walk untill he feels better and then join in. or plan for it to be shorter than usual. So you are only making him stay for a short while. Ok I know you are feeling ill, but we are having a picnic and we are going to stay untill 2pm and then we can go home. As it does seem strange that he recovers quickly and that its doing things that are not usually stressful for him. As he has done them before for years.
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  15. chew tubes

    Hi, can anyone recommend a good website to buy these or something similar? So many around so b good to use one others have used and is reliable. Thanx