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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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    Norfolk Broads
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    Falkirk, Scotland
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    Very into Music, Art, Computers and the odd bit of Mountain Biking!!
  1. Wha's like us?

    See the part about the double cheeseburger and DIET coke? The reason I order DIET coke, is because it tastes better!! Although, I'll never eat a Kebab after that last one!! I was posh and used a plate to eat it off rather than just the wrapping it came in. I was half-way through it before I looked at my plate, and saw to my absolute HORROR, the MOUND of grease hardening on my plate!! Put me off, for life!!!!
  2. Hello y'all!!!

    Hi there, let me introduce myself!! I am the partner of someone that a lot of you may already know on the forum?? I am the partner of Pookie170! So, what's my story?? I first met herr a little over 4 years ago at a friends house at New Year! We met a few times over the next few months with us finally getting together around July of that year! I met Pookie170's eldest son a few weeks after that. Her youngest was only 2 at that point! Anyway, I found her eldest to be a normal, if slightly hyper, 6 year old kid! I was told he did have a spectrum disorder, which to be honest, I knew nothing about!! After having a few lengthy discussions about the subject, I started to understand a bit more about what was going on, what his schooling was about and who was all involved in his life! Let me tell you, it was a bit of a shocker still when I first witnessed him at his finest!! Being a relatively calm person at that point, I talked him down and tried to discuss with him what he was thinking and why he was doing what he was doing. I found it odd that his thoughts were very different to mine! It was then I really realised what it meant by Spectrum Disorder! Although so many people under this banner have very different ways of "expressing" themselves, or getting attention, most of the spectrum disorder people I have met do seem to have a central line of behavioural pattern. When I met P170, I was unemployed and undergoing therapy and treatment for my depression and anxiety problems! She was at college studying Biology and the kids father had decided not to look after them during the week while she studied, so, I took over a lot of the childcare duties so she could remain at college. Most of my day was looking after a 2 year old boy who liked nothing more than to watch Button Moon or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, several times, and eat sausage sandwiches for lunch!! All day though, we were on edge, waiting for the phone to ring!! Was it the school again, sending him home for another disruptive day?? Had he assaulted another teacher? Although this still happens from time to time, things have really started again to settle down for him. With us now fighting to get him a good placement for secondary school and things looking positive, he has calmed down a lot and again, it's like having a different boy in the house. Things started to calm down initially when I moved into their home around two and a half years ago. I started work, the young one went off to school, the eldest moving from a couple of schools, getting settled, getting unsettled, me starting to attend school meetings, psychologist meetings and getting fully involved in the fight for secondary education, we are where we are now. There are still things that come to me as new, some things doing full circle and coming back again in behaviour and language. It seems like only a few months ago I first met them all. We are sitting this out until we get him where he needs to be! I am far more understanding about his condition and his behaviour but I still have a lot more to learn. That is why I am here!! I have heard Esther talk a lot about the forum and some of the advice she has had and given!! So, my advanced learning of spectrum disorders starts here. Hope to talk to you all soon. Z65.