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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. School or still need to homeschool?

    If you opt for home education, there is little, if any financial support available. . This could mean problems if you intend to follow exam courses, as although the resources for study are relatively cheap, finding an exam centre and paying for sitting the exams can be time consuming and costly. Sorry, this sounds all negative. We home educate, and we love it. Home education gives you amazing freedom if your child doesn't fit into the standard education system, however if you are trying to re-create school at home, it may require a bit of forward planning. If you intend to study for exams, it may be a good idea to join a group like http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HE-Exams-GCSE-A_AS_Levels-OU-Others/ Good luck with whatever you decide.
  2. School appeal for NT child

    I don't have any personal experience of appealing for a place for a NT child, but I know someone who has tried. The NT child had a disabled sibling, and the family situation was a bit like yours (someone needed at home to meet taxi for disabled child, parents could be needed at short notice for appointments with disabled child etc) and the appeal commitee ruled that NONE of those issues were relevant to the appeal. What they want is proof that this is the right choice for the child you are applying for the place for. If it is not too late, can you re-word things a bit ? Things like ...leaving your son long hours with a childminder is distressing for such a young child, and point out how much better it would be for HIM to be taken to and from school by his parents Basically you need to be seen to put this child's interests first (which I know you are)
  3. Cathcart - could you give us any more details on this please ?
  4. Tap locks

    Have you considered those taps like you find in public toilets ? The ones where they only run for a minute or so, unless you re-push the top.
  5. With hindsight, I wish I had insisted on more accuarate information about the peers our son would be with at special secondary school (he went through M/S primary, and was the only one from his school NOT to go to the local M/S secondary) We struggled to make things work for over a year, but our son never quite fitted in at the special school.
  6. For a child, getting a diagnosis is often the gateway to other services, (especially from the education system) but that is unlikely for an adult. Can you explain (to the GP, not us) WHY you think you would benefit from getting a diagnosis ?
  7. No specific advise, but in our area, kids are not routinely offered BGC. Those considered high risk, can have the BCG at their GP, but none given at schools. It might be worth finding out if your son is considered high risk for TB, and base your decission around that.
  8. ASD pupils and school prize-giving ceremonies

    How old are the children ? With younger ones, it is easy to create a "best smile of the week", type of award.
  9. Smoking

    Much as I hate smoking, I guess the truth is, from what you have said, your son would be smoking if he was still at school. At least he is taking about this with you, and he appears to be fully aware of the consequencies. My suggestion is, you agree to the herbal cigarettes, but the cost of them has to come from his pocket money. You could also insist he goes into the garden to smoke them.
  10. Moderators Wanted

    I belong to another forum, where, if a topic is becoming heated, and a moderator has been posting, a different moderator is asked to step in and moderate.
  11. OOPs, my post wasn't very clear. I meant possible communication problems of having AS and needing to deal with officialdom, not the actual language issues - sorry
  12. There has been a lot of very sensible advise already on here, but I have something else to throw into the debate.... How confident are you at dealing with the authorities abroad, if you need to seek emergency help on your friend's behalf ?
  13. Wanting To Learn About The World

    If you are happy to read online, then BBC news will give you a general overview of news headlines. You can then select world news, UK news, sport, politics, health, education, or various other topics, for more indepth stories. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/
  14. pe in 6th form is it compulsory

    When my neice (NT) was in 6th form, the timetable for both upper and lower 6th was "Rec" for one afternoon a week. This was officially recreation/sport/PE and all students were allowed off site, after getting their afternoon mark, to pursue which ever activity they chose. Some chose golf, swimming etc, but others decided to go to the park and throw a frisbie around. As far as I know, only those claiming EMA (?) had to "prove" they did a physical activity.