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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. applying for funding

    Hi, I have just become a committee member for our local autism support group. As a group, we hire a local soft play centre for 2 hours a week during the summer holidays. We have been able to pay for it using money from the children's fund but that has ceased and we need to find funding. Has anyone got any suggestions? Thanks Mary
  2. Home Educating

    Hi Dawn, My ds went to school for a year and a term. We deregistered in December. Home ed for us has been really relaxing and the whole family has benfitted. As far as i know if your child isn't registered at school and you want your child to have a statement, you just need to ask that the LEA put educated otherwise in part 4 of the statement. My son has a statement but while we are HE we do not have to follow it, it is for the LEA to maintain not us. We have agreed to the LEA coming to visit us at home, and they are coming on Thursday so it will be interesting to see what they say. Hope that helps Mary
  3. Xanthan gum

    Hi Karen, We got one of the two brands listed in the directory on prescribtion, (can't remember which one though) and our chestist informed us that it was no longer available. Didn't bother trying the other brand. Sorry can't be much help Mary
  4. Our elastic on our our junior trampoline has broken. We have one of the small trampolines - ?15 from Argos. We brought it a number of years ago and have lost the instructions. We know it is made by Pacific but don't have a contact number. Does anyone have the manufactures details or any idea where you can buy trampoline elastic from?? Any help much appreciated!! Mary
  5. Pear Juice

    Hi, We buy merdian (sp) pear juice which we buy in bulk from Goodness foods, another source of pear juice is Heinz baby pear juice. We have found the AiA helpful in understanding some of the reasons why the diet has been a success for our son. Mary
  6. We have booked a holiday to centre parcs this year. I typed in centre parc codes into google and came up with one that worked for us for our holiday in June. We got ?89 off the total price with the code DABS. Thanks for all the recommendations, it helped me convince DH.
  7. A little worried

    We have sent our ds to a school in the adjoining county and were not aware of his sen at the time of choosing it. It has caused some difficuilty but more in the school being faced with a new situation. We have been told that when your child is under school action plus, it is the LEA in which the school is in that pays for and supplies services such as EP and support. When your child has a statement, it is the LEA in which you live that pays for support and you will probably have a new EP. Services concerning health ie speech and language can be linked with your GP so you would not need to change these. Hope this helps. Mary
  8. lea criteria

    I have the criteria for Coventry LEA, if it is of help to anyone.
  9. lea criteria

    Thank you for making me aware that such a policy existed. I emailed the head of the county Sen dept and she emailed it to me. DS school also didn't have a copy as they are in our neighbouring county, so it has been a great help to them as well, especially as we hope to put in the request for stat ass early next term. Thanks Mary
  10. application for statuory statement

    Thank you all, i had not thought to ask for minutes of the meeting. I will follow that up. I phoned the head yesterday to discuss how S's needs are going to be met on school action plus, to be told they have no provision for S beyond an hour a week with the SENCO and his class teacher with 11 hours of TA will just have to cope. I find it so hard knowing that next term, at least, he will not be able to cope with school and the progress he has made, may just disappear. We live in a different county to the school S attends and know that this adds time to the statementing process. Thanks Mary
  11. application for statuory statement

    Hi, I have been an avid reader of this site but have yet to post as my questions have always been answered already. So Thank you all... Today though i feel in a fog, everything has gone so smoothly for us, a diagnosis in 1/2 hour, a SENCO trained in ASD, part time 1:1 support for ds on school action plus, GP prescribing GF for my son. But now i have hit my mountain or it feels like that now. I had a meeting with ed pysch who agreed with senco and myself that s is bright but needs 1:1 support to access the curriculum. The problem we have is that our autism support worker who organises the funding at present for S turned up at the meeting - not formally invited. She announced that they are over budget and the funding is being withdrawn for his support worker and that she doesn't think S needs a statement as his needs can be met within the school's budget!! She was agitated that she hadn't been told that we are putting in for an assessment until today. What i wanted to ask is how much damage can one professional's opinion have on the outcome for a request for a statuory assessment especially when the ed psy supports us? Thanks Mary