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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. Autism Toolbar

    Hi all thought this might be useful to some of you. It is a Browser toolbar geared towards Autism possibly the first! I have downloaded it and there are some great things on it including a big directory of links to services and resources. You can get it here http://autismnetwork.ourtoolbar.com/
  2. Hi everyone, i'm new to forum!

  3. Hi all, just joined..

  4. Here are a couple i found not sure if they are any good or not http://www.tonyattwood.com.au/articles/booksdiagnosis3.html
  5. The Black Balloon

    You guys and gals must see this very moving film!!
  6. Trampoline

    We got one about 3 years ago and it certainly has had some good use the kids love it especially Josh seeing as he has ADHD as well as Autism it burns some of that energy although he still has plenty left lol
  7. What has my son got?

    Agreed you may get better help if a diagnoses of ASD is given
  8. Need helping hand to kick start

    Thanks for that post it was very constructive and happily accepted you have a point and will be acting your advise. I see what you mean about the line in the sig never thought of it like that i have used it for some time as quite often or in my experience anyway some places are very negative and generally do not help anyone but it does seem these days things are much better (no offense anyone by the way i know how hard it can get). Anyway thanks.
  9. Need helping hand to kick start

    Hey all i would like to ask you all a big favor. I know your all very busy and do not have a great deal of time to spare but here goes anyway. I would love you guys to think of one topic that you feel very strongly about regarding ASD's and related conditions. then start that topic in our forum here http://www.autismnetwork.co.uk/forum.html this will only take a few minutes just make that one post to start the topic is all i ask. What i hope to achieve from this is getting some good conversations going which will also result in have good informative content on the site. I would be forever in your debt if you guys could post just one topic each if you want to post more than on thats fine to. Big thanks in advance. Take care Gavin AutismNetwork.co.uk Founder
  10. New around here

    Hi there and welcome

    For actual PECS try the free ones here http://www.autismnetwork.co.uk/new-pecs-ca...r-free-t45.html You can also request certain ones that you need.
  12. These people that are talking about a CURE just can not except there child has Autism! Yes one day may be there will be some amazing cure but i doubt it, it just really gets my blood boiling. While these parents are franticly hunting for a cure etc etc there child is just getting dragged along or even wors ignored while the parent searches for some sort of reason or peace of mind. Its just mad yes there are a few that do with a lot of help and support learn to manage there behaviours well and can come across as "normal" for want of a better word. This hoverer should not be broadcast as "my child was cured it is false and untrue!
  13. Does anyone know how to make emotion/flash cards

    You can try here too http://www.autismnetwork.co.uk/new-pecs-ca...r-free-t45.html
  14. Visual cards?

    You can also download a selection of PECs card sets from here http://www.autismnetwork.co.uk/new-pecs-ca...r-free-t45.html The set are: Gestures Medical Activities Food and drink one Expressions Sports Transport Bathroom and selfcare
  15. How supportive are your family?

    I am lucky enough to have a supportive and understanding family which is great but unfortunately my wifes family are not so understanding and honestly think Josh will get better on day. It's not an illness we tell them! They hand us articles about people with ASPERGERS that have amazing skills or that run a relatively normal life and tell us maybe Josh will get better and have a hidden skill like this trying to explain to them that Josh is Autistic not Aspergers is a nightmare and drives us insane. Anyway thats that lol