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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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Everything posted by trekster

  1. greetings

    i dont understand your question, edit function for what? There is a thread about the new look website which would be the best place to ask.
  2. Newbie here

    Hello and welcome One book ive found useful is 'multicoloured mayhem' by jacqui jackson, it's about a mother of a number of different neurodiverse children. I hope you find the support you need here. Hoping to get a parent to help moderate the forum soon.
  3. Son abused at YCMA gym

    You might wanna try contacting victim support. Or see if a pastor or clergyman can reassure him these lies are completely unfounded and untrue?
  4. new year greetings

    Happy new year to everyone on here.
  5. Major Forum Software Upgrade

    Pleased the forum has been updated i prefer this format, easier to use in a way.
  6. gender identity trans*

    Welcome proudautie Have you tried contacting your local NAS branch in Manchester regarding the lack of access for trans services? Im not sure if you access facebook? There is an account called 'scott grant' which if you add will allow TMSA to add you to their secret facebook group. You can change your name legally by contacting an organisation that produces 'deed polls' or 'statutory declarations' all you need is one witness or two. Mencap or MIND might also be able to help you get the help you need. "How can I best support somebody with a learning disability who is lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender (LGBT)? Some people with a learning disability are lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender (LGBT), or they might be questioning their sexual orientation or gender. You can best support them by talking to them about being LGBT, and reassuring them that it this is okay to be LGBT. It is best practice for staff to be proactive in ensuring that the support and information they provide around sex and relationships is inclusive of LGBT people. In the provision of services there is a duty under the Equality Act 2010 to provide equality of opportunity to individuals with protected characteristics, including sexual orientation and gender reassignment. There are resources available to help you support LGBT people with a learning disability: CHANGE has produced an easy-read booklet on being lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender. The Social Care Institute for Excellence has produced a video on working with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people with a learning disability. Advice and information can be found in the online summary of the Secret Loves, Hidden Lives research project, which looked at the lives of lesbian, gay and bisexual people with a learning disability." https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/guides-to-support-and-services/lgbtq-mental-health/#.WTslnuvyvIU i have heard good things about MIND being LGBTQ friendly, in some areas there is a trans mindline http://www.leedsandyorkpft.nhs.uk/our-services/gender-identity-service/ there is a telephone number on there, try ringing and explaining your situation to them. Ask them to help you fill in the forms, I have support workers help me fill in forms because my handwriting is poor. Explain to them you can't find anyone who is willing to help you fill in the forms.
  7. greetings

    Hi and welcome im the most active moderator on the forum. Feel free to ask any questions.
  8. http://www.rcgp.org.uk/clinical-and-research/clinical-resources/autistic-spectrum-disorder.aspx Resources for people with autism and their carers Making the most of your visit to the GP: a guide for those on the autistic spectrum [PDF] - a resource for people with autism and their carers to make it easier to access their GP Going to your doctor - an easy read version of the guide [PDF] 'My hospital passport' - developed by NAS to help people with autism to communicate their needs to doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals [PDF] 'My hospital passport' guidance to assist in completing and using the hospital passport [PDF] What is autism? What is Asperger syndrome? What next? Information for adults with autism before and after diagnosis After diagnosis: information for parents and carers of children with autism All about diagnosis Policy and guidance Autism Act, Strategy & Statutory Guidance NICE Quality Standard, QS51 Autism NICE Pathway, Autism NICE clinical guideline 170 Autism: the management and support of children and young people on the autism spectrum NICE clinical guideline 142 Autism: recognition, referral, diagnosis and management of adults on the autism spectrum NICE clinical guideline 128 Autism: recognition, referral and diagnosis of children and young people on the autism spectrum Resources for GPs and health professionals Information for general practitioners from The National Autistic Society (NAS) A GPs guide to adults with Asperger syndrome Patients with autism spectrum disorders: guidance for health professionals Posters for GPs surgeries Learning resource on autism spectrum disorders from NHS Education for Scotland Top tips for diagnosing, support and meeting the needs of people on the autistic spectrum - Dr Y Delargy-Aziz, Leicestershire County Council Training resourcesAsk Autism: online training ArticlesDr Carole Buckley, Clinical Champion for Autism, talks to the BBC about the priority.
  9. PIP Applying For Son

    You thought about sending him on a holiday for people with disabilities? Then you both get a break. i went to Cornwall on a holiday for people with learning disabilities whilst my gran and aunt went to France, picking me up on the way home.
  10. Actually we don't delete accounts of members. We just advise people to stop logging in, we do consign people to the spam folder if we have to bar them.
  11. help an adult make friends

    Hello and welcome to the forum, there are other members here who are into science myself included.
  12. Um, Hi

    Hope you're assessment goes well and gives you the answers you need. Either way a diagnosis is not required for membership of this forum.
  13. Leicester Guy

    Welcome and thank you for running a group to help others it's hard work.
  14. I don't recall there being a way of deleting your membership. People normally logout and don't logback in again.
  15. Hello

    Welcome I am half Kirkaldian.
  16. Um, Hi

    Welcome to the forum. I left Bath spa university with a diphe after my friend died. I completed 180 credits of my diet and health degree. I later went on to complete a Bphil in Autism.
  17. Mihaela's back :)

    Welcome back
  18. Thanks for posting this. My mp is a tory so unsure if this will be something he supports.
  19. PIP Applying For Son

    Yes and I only got my pip on grounds of my physical health needs. My autism was disregarded. It's how you describe your sons needs that they take into account. Hope you're gp can help you. Don't know what mine said but it did help. Can you get help from a local nas branch or mind or mencap? They helped my family over the years even when the NHS left me to rot.
  20. gender identity trans*

    The ones that refuse to allow my support workers to speak for me when I've given permission in the room at the time I refuse to see again.
  21. I've just looked them up and it appears to be a volunteer run only organisation. You have a number of options here, 1, make a complaint to their manager regarding the way you have been treated. Include specific examples of things they've said or done with dates if possible. 2, leave and concentrate on the group that's giving you respect. 3, try and find another group to meet your needs. I run a social inclusion project in bath. If you are interested in attending please pm me. We meet near to Bath railway and bus stations.
  22. Life after graduation

    hello all I am due to graduate with a 2:1 in Autism on the 13th July. It has been hard but rewarding work, problem is I couldn't have predicted that the NAS were going to downstream at just the wrong moment. I am on the look out for NAS jobs but I was wondering where else I could use my autism degree? Every Wednesday the Evening post arrives with a job section, I do read it and also 2 local papers but there aren't many jobs that would have me worse off or risk loosing my house (income support tracker mortgage). I'm also a subscriber to Prospects magazine (not to be confused with NAS prospects this is a graduate magazine) but the placements are either full time or in an area I can't get to. I completed anxiety and communication in the workplace courses via NAS Prospects which were invaluable to me. I am on 3 waiting lists in the NAS, transitions (ie graduation), finding work and volunteer work (cant remember the names the NAS uses). I've contacted the job centre after being directed there by the Avon Parents group. There are things in the pipeline in my area so I'm holding out for something decent to come along. I am willing to try work experience with paid expenses which works out better than permitted work. I just dont want to be stuck in this cycle of being at home all day and not getting any experience. I would like office, IT, autism related work but cant find those sorts of jobs well paid in my area. So I am wondering do I try postgraduate certificate in Aspergers or shall I try something else? Have I tried what I can and just need to knuckle down and keep looking and hoping for work? Al (BPhil in Autism 2:1)
  23. Hello Everybody

    http://www.dumgal.gov.uk/article/15252/Support-for-people-with-autismhas some resources that might help you.
  24. Life after graduation

    Completely forgot about this post. Wow now I'm running my own social group in bath hoping for it to become a community interest company. I won the disability studies prize at university and I'm up for entrepreneur of the year in the same place. I've got a meeting about it today at university.
  25. Hello guys

    Enjoy I'm taking some autistic and similarly affected individuals to see lego batman next week.