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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. Saw details of this conference in the local paper, but its a National event - thought you might be interested http://www.treatingautismconferences.com/
  2. Hmmm - looks like there's a gap in the market for some kind of assessment terminology that is useful - I like Lucas's idea of a circle - it puts me in mind of those wheels you get to work out things like feng shui - do you think it would be possible to work out all the possible 'autistic personality types'.........like you get those psychometric tests that have 16 combinations and you end up with four letters - Introvert Idealist Organiser etc ...I'm not keen on 'low' or 'high' either - my son has no speech but lots of personality/affection and problem solving - he could find and retrieve a chocolate biscuit from ANYWHERE - stand back Indiana Jones!! ....and call me cynical but I say that this 'mild' business is being put forward to try and reduce entitlements to things like DLA
  3. Digestive enzymes

    thanks guys for the links and advice - have ordered the book off Amazon and will let you know how we get on
  4. Glucosamine Sulphate

    I'm no expert but here's a few links to read: Sunderland page TACA Healing Arts I hasten to add that I am not responsible for these websites and the theories on them! (I dont want anyone giving me a hard time if they dont agree with them!)
  5. To my forum family

    THinking of you
  6. Glucosamine Sulphate

    Me again! Same question - but with glucosamine sulphate - I tasted one and its pretty bitter, so I'm not sure if there is a better variety or a better way to hide it? My little'un does seem to be a good candidate for problems with sulphur transferase as he has responded really well to taking apples, citrus, chocolate , paracetamol, tomato and vinegar out of his diet - I've seen anecdotal recommendations for using glucosamine sulphate and wonder if anyone has experience (good or bad) of doing so, Again, thanks in advance...
  7. Digestive enzymes

    Is anyone using digestive enzymes for their child? If yes, which ones, how do you 'get them in' - and do you consider them beneficial? If no, any particular concerns? Thanks in advance
  8. bad mother day

    <'> <'> <'> The very fact that you're thinking you might be a bad mum is the evidence that you're not! 'bad mums' wouldnt stop to think about their kids for a second - You're doing your best poppet, and your best is good enough!! <'> <'> <'>
  9. Need to blow my own trumpet

    Well done
  10. Another good thing for me was the 'Early Support' family pack from the DfES website, not sure on the links but if you search on the DfES site it should come up. Came within a week and its a big pack with lots of leads for services - it helped me to know what I was entitled to and where I could find it and gives you folders for organising all your childs reports and things like that. I've been given a place on a Help! course in July (Isle of Wight) and there seem to be a few on in other places over the next month or two.....
  11. Sorry got to say this!

    Oh I'm so glad it's not just me!!! 5 yr daughter is grumpy and floppy in the sun, I spend all my time moving the shade around (3 year old little'un wont wear hat, shades or suncream - or clothes or a nappy for that matter), sweeping up the sand from the sandpit (thrown everywhere), the gravel from round the footings (thrown at the conservatory), mopping up water from the play-table (bought indoors and poured in neat little puddles at varying intervals around the house, various wee's, poo's and crushed food from varying places, and when it comes to me.... ...I've got no summer tops that sufficiently cover my tummy, I'm so white Im nearly blue - if I try that cream that gently tans you over time I just end up with orange hands and ankles (who's got time to do all that scrubbing and moisturising anyway?) and the older I get, the stranger the places I sweat.....like my knees sweat - that's got to be wierd right? I was so looking forward to summer too!!!
  12. GFCF Diet and cornflakes

    Cool! (literally!) - I need to have another good look in there - if I cant find the magnum thingies you may be hearing about a one-woman protest Anyone got a choc-ice costume....!
  13. GFCF Diet and cornflakes

    Just a quickie to say we got Whole Earth cornflakes in Waitrose last week - reasonably priced and the ingredients are just corn, raw cane sugar, salt and sunflower lecethin. Also to anyone who is struggling trying to make creations that look like chicken nuggets or fish fingers (which I was for ages!) STRUGGLE NO MORE! Take a look at the new range of stuff at Sainsburys in the free from section - so much child friendly stuff I literally nearly sobbed!
  14. Is there a good place to raise autistic kids?

    I'm in the New Forest (Hampshire border) and cant speak for the LEA bit yet, but can say that the early intervention and health has been great in every respect except a shortage of speech and language therapists... within months of suspected ASD I had speech & Language and portage, then OT, special playgroups and several support groups - the networking between health and education has been really good too. Only just starting on the school bit but all the parents I've met seem happy (and those that had problems had been given alternatives they were happy with) and I have been encouraged to look at several schools and across into Bournemouth too (two Beacon Schools) So, I am a newbie, but it seems good here so far.....
  15. Switch on Radio 4 at 8pm

    Radio 4 write up a link for the write up...