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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. Difference between HFA and Aspergers?

    Content removed by moderator as it breached forum rules. Kathryn
  2. Difference between HFA and Aspergers?

    I shall google you and get back......pleae don't google me
  3. Difference between HFA and Aspergers?

    Although this is a forum for aspergers and the like I will still reply as many people may be affected with relatives having a dementia .I really have to disagree with you . I am well aware of the diagnostic criteria for dementia my point was that Alzheimers is a certain formation of brain cells that cvan not be guessed upon, a probable diagnosis can be given and even medication started but my point is that it is not a definate . I personally think you may have spent too lonmg on wikipedia for your research and are sendign out false or misleadign information to the genral public ......please be mindful when you post especially when you have limited and biased information
  4. Bad News

    Hope she gets well soon xx
  5. I just wanted to say

    what I did not mention is that my son is very academic, not as in spending ages over his work but almost knowing his subjects, now he is not a savant autistic person but just very bright and I found mainstream schooling could not manage this and I think a lot of his behaviours was due to lack of understanding from teachers and the like and the fact he was bored and very frustrated and he was also very very unhappy
  6. I just wanted to say

    Just wanted to mention how great my son's school is. Some of you may know in his schooling life he has approximately 100 exclusions 4 permanant and 2 from special needs schools and spent many months at home. Now he often comes home with platiunum certificates (worked out on points you lose throughout the day) and today he mentioned what a briliant day he had today .he saw 2 lambs being born and how much he is looking forawrd to tomorrow where they have a street dancer comming into school and also they are going to make their own c.d. He is loving the expressive arts days ...things really can get better , pity we have to fight but it is worth it
  7. After school activities

    Where I live we have an "inclusive" after school faciltity for children with and without speacial needs .......great stuff only my son has been permantley excluded from it .err no so not so "inclusive" really but perhaps there is something simliar in your area
  8. Difference between HFA and Aspergers?

    Again must be down to area
  9. Difference between HFA and Aspergers?

    Please feel free to correct me but if you have a diagnosis of Alzheimers you have it as it just the name Alois Alzheimer named after looking down a microscope at a bunch of cells in the brain. I know many people get a diagnosis of Dementia without it being a fact but for Alzheimers a c.t. scan is done , that is not to say they may have had different risk factors or even behave differently but you would not diagnose Alzheimers on a set of behaviours alone
  10. why choose free from?

    you could try rye bread is very dense but I really like it .you coudl try buying the Carol Vorderman detox book as that is wheatfree is also vegan but you can adapt that bit
  11. why choose free from?

    you could try rye bread is very dense but I really like it .you coudl try buying the Carol Vorderman detox book as that is wheatfree is also vegan but you can adapt that bit
  12. sensory intervention therapy ???

    Her name is Temple Grandin
  13. good morning mummy!

    Too be honest I would not get too het up by the swearing they are only words and when life is difficult enought to understand and communicate effectively in sometimes it seems the only way to get a point across. This I understand totally Becky "she has refused to dress or leave the house today so i havent even been able to walk the dogs. " well part from the fact I have no dogs but you are the adult and although initially it is easy to give in in the long term I don't think it is wise to allow her to be in charge ..........good luck
  14. feel sad

    Although I understand the difficutlies that go alongside a diagnosis ......and although I have had a horrendous time getting my son the support he needs I actually do not mind the fact he has aspergers...we are all different and some of our different behaviours have names . Now I love my son so very much although at times I have really disliked him i would not want him to be anything other than he is .I may coem across as very simplistic and basic in my views but all children desire the basics such as right to education , peers, warmth , food and as long as that is provided does it really matter if they are autistic?
  15. Difference between HFA and Aspergers?

    Have to agree my son understands sarcasm, jokes, literal meanings and has a diagnosis of Aspergers , as for ticking boxes there are 4 main ones re aspergers and I will clarify more when I am not attempting to write an essay for uni