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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 matzoball

  1. Since we've had a few requests of late, thought it was a good idea to remind forum users about some guidelines. If you would like help from forum members to take part in a uni study, tv programme or research project - please contact the moderators first. Since most of our forum members are on the spectrum, and may also have various other learning disabilities - we have a duty of care to them. If they ask you questions on the thread - please answer them publicly on the thread and not request they email you privately. This ensures safety on both sides. This isn't meant to be a negative thing, or a way to mollycoddle our forum members - but a way that we can make sure that if you do need input from them, that what you post is autism friendly, and offers as much transparency as possible. Also, if you are advertising services, the same guidelines apply - please contact the mods first before posting. You have to be clear that if your services are chargeable, even if they are specifically for people who have autism, that you put this in your post.
  2. What's everyone listening to?

    I'm alternating between Kitty Daisy & Lewis, and Friendly Fire's new album...
  3. Update on Specialisterne

    Hi everyone, Have been really busy these past few months! First off, happy new year and all that jazz I promised to keep you all updated on my progress here at Specialisterne - so here goes! It's definitely a case of me having drank the Kool-Aid - I'm almost evangelical about the place now and sing it's praises to everyone! The other 11 trainees are brilliant, all on the spectrum , and all very nice people. We can all say safely that we now have a great circle of friends. We are now getting into the nitty-gritty of software tester training - and by the end of March we will all hopefully be qualified testers, and working for the company proper. The working environment is fantastic, unlike anything I have ever experienced. Although our disabilities are acknowledged, we are seen for who we are - not our diagnosis. Everything is a consultative process at this point mainly due to the fact that this is the first class outside of Denmark to do something like this - I assume we have been successful so far, as they are now opening Specialisterne Berlin, and Iceland! I've already registered my interest in working in the Berlin branch We have one IT trainer, who has never worked with people on the spectrum - but she is doing an amazing job! I guess we are training her as well haha Laura and Maria are our ASD managers, who facilitate our needs as best they can and have essentially helped to validate our experiences here. Although in essence this is a business - they make us feel like people, not units to be shifted in and out each day. David Farrell-Shaw is a very hands-on Director and is very involved with the development of us trainees - there is no 'us and them' situation, no office politics, just a wonderful atmosphere of respect, dedication - and to put it in the most simple terms - hope. I am going to post a few links to some of the media coverage of us (I'm kind of in a lot of it) if you are interested to watch, listen or read. I really cannot recommend Specialisterne enough. You all know the problems I have had work wise - now I truly have hope for the future, I wouldn't have been able to say that this time last year... http://specialisternescotland.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/julie-rad1.mp3 - my radio interview with Newsweek Scotland http://www.heraldscotland.com/business/corporate-sme/industry-urged-to-use-the-skills-of-autism-sufferers-1.1076157 (we weren't happy with the title including 'autism sufferers - but that was down to a sub-editor, not the person who wrote the article) We were featured in a BBC report as part of the UN People with Disabilities Day, but I can't find the link! Anyways - nice to be back
  4. Update on Specialisterne

    Aeolienne, you've been in regular contact with us since 2011, and you're most definitely at this point aware of how the trainee scheme operates, and why it operates the way it does. Since then, you've been sent several employment opportunities, which you've felt aren't suitable as they aren't related to your field of interest. That's absolutely fine, and completely your prerogative. However we've been really clear on what field of employment we recruit in - which is IT and Data. You've most definitely got those skills, but to keep returning to the same issue repeatedly, is not going to help. Especially since we're not running the training right now. We're not running the assessment and training programme at the moment, as we are focusing on making the business sustainable long term. This means that when the business is sustainable - we will be able to run the training programme again. It has always been made clear that the training, which is offered for free including a software testing qualification course, can only offer expenses. We're located in both London and Glasgow now, as you know, and we'll keep trying to find something suitable for you. If you want to have a chat via email or otherwise, get in touch and we'll be happy to talk.
  5. Update on Specialisterne

    Aeolienne - all the trainees were on benefits, so were not just existing on expenses alone. Anyone working with Specialisterne now are paid the going rate for jobs in their field on a self employed basis.
  6. A-S agony uncle

    Aeolienne, AS hasn't been on the forum for a while I'm afraid. However if you still want to talk I'm here.
  7. Western/white culture - a controversial thread

    I'm responding to several complaints coming directly into my inbox. The moderator you felt we were all swayed by isn't on the forum anymore and hasn't been for a long time, however we do have many people of the Jewish faith from several backgrounds who have felt extremely uncomfortable at the tone that the discussion has taken. Which is why I've kind of waded into this a bit emotionally reactively. Having read over the entire thread, and taken some time to think about it rationally - I can see both sides of the issue, and feel it's probably best that if you want to discuss things like this to make it very clear that this is an intellectual discussion - and not a soapbox for your ideological beliefs if that's what they are. If you do have issues with Jewish people(and I'm definitely not saying you do), it's not really cool to be so vocal about it on a forum that's supposed to be a relatively safe place. I, nor anyone else aren't going to censor you or anything like that - but maybe this isn't the place for it. It might actually be an idea going forward to have a debate thread similar to the one at Asperclick, and tag it appropriately so that you can discuss things like this to your hearts content and not worry about offending anyone. If you like, I can set it up.
  8. Aeolienne, Specialisterne are very clear that they are focusing on growing the business side to make the whole organisation sustainable - so that they can run the training again in the future. You've also been sent several job opportunities which have been open to everyone on the mailing list to apply to if they a. want to and b. meet the criteria - it's just been the case that you've not felt they are suitable. I've also encouraged you to pursue further coding knowledge through the LiveCode initiative, but again, you've felt it's not been for you. That's totally fine, and completely your choice - however to say there's been nothing since isn't entirely accurate. I'm actually about to send out another opportunity for a graduate programme in the next few days - so there are options out there.
  9. I feel deeply hurt.

    You need to speak to your key worker or support. He shouldn't be influencing where you can live.
  10. We certainly don't allow it here. Safe space.
  11. Western/white culture - a controversial thread

    The anti-semitism stops now. The racism stops now. People being dickheads isn't down to the colour of their skin. It's down to them being dickheads. End of.
  12. Who's into comics?

    And by that I mean comic books, not stand up comedians What are you reading and why do you like it?
  13. BBC Project - Aspergers and Employment

    Optomen have been in contact with my company to film as well, and I have asked about the whole process so that's why I know.
  14. BBC Project - Aspergers and Employment

    If it goes ahead - you have to audition to appear in the show - make sure you have the right support in place.
  15. Jealousy

    People on the spectrum tend to feel things a lot more keenly than neurotypicals - we have a lot of issues with emotion management, so this falls very much under that! Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a great way to deal with it - ask your local GP to refer you
  16. Parents needed for survey!

  17. Parents needed for survey!

    Rochene - please refer to the forum guidelines on posting surveys. They're pinned at the top of the threads.
  18. You're asked to pay in advance before assessment unless your assessment is being paid for by the NHS or other funding source.
  19. Hi there, it's part of the forum guidelines to contact moderators before posting things like this - while the service sounds great, you have neglected to mention it's chargeable. Will it still cost money if an NHS referral is involved?
  20. Aspie meet ups

    Perhaps a skype meetup might be an idea first?
  21. holding on to bad memories....

    It's a common trait to fixate on those types of memories, cognitive behavioural therapy might be a good way to go to help train yourself out of it
  22. Victoria, if you are advertising services, it's part of the forum guidelines to contact the mods first before you post. Also, you should make it clear that these services aren't for free.
  23. Looking at AS positively

    I don't feel that it's healthy to see it as 'us and them'. There's obviously distinct differences, but after all is said and done - we're all human. It's how we choose to deal with those differences.
  24. computer for school

    I'm assuming this will be his first laptop? For a 9 year old a netbook will probably be the best way to go - ask for one with office home edition if they are paying for software, if they aren't there are free versions such as open office which Waterboatman suggested. Netbooks are light, and you can store his work on a usb drive which aren't very expensive. If you want to go full laptop - lenovo thinkpads are absolutely the way to go. They aren't very pretty - but their functionality is off the charts and they are extremely reliable. Once you get it - it's probably a good idea to have child restrictions and really good anti-virus software on there. It's very easy to download a virus these days, so make sure the school techie guy has it all sorted for you.
  25. European Research Project

    Antonia, it's understood that to post requests like these, you need to contact the moderators or admins first. We have a care of duty to our forum members, especially the ones who have more pronounced learning difficulties on top of an ASC who may not fully understand the implications of what is being asked of them. Many of the forum members here have had negative experiences with Autism Speaks, so it's probably not the best idea to ask them to take part in a study.