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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. Polyvagal Theory

    Thanks for this - will read with interest. My son had autonomic testing at Breakspear and the interpretation, as I understood it, was that his vagal was underdeveloped - he was prescribed something to boost its develpment. WillsDad
  2. I believe the NAS website has a helpsheet on filling out DLA forms. Check out local disability charities and autism organisations for help. Also try http://www.cafamily.org.uk. Its depressing to say but you will probably have to appeal no matter what you put down - just seems to be the way the system works.
  3. Signs of gluten & casein problems?

    Consider also the SCD/GAPS diet and using probiotics. The pecanbread website is popular for recipes. Some children seem to really respond to diets other not so much. My son's diet is basically vegatbles, meat, fruit, GFCF biscuits and a couple of supplements. His health has vastly improved but not sure how much of his ASD improvements are due to diet though. All th best WillsDad
  4. Ambitious about Autism have arranged the showing of four autism related films with post viewing discussion with the directors etc The first one, The Autism Puzzle, shows tomorrow. You need to register to view as it streams through their website. http://www.ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk/page/autismfilmclub12/autismpuzzle.cfm?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=afc2puzzle&utm_campaign=afc_2
  5. All Things Autism

    Hi All We have launched a new website, www.allthingsautism.co.uk, which I hope everyone will find helpful. WillsDad
  6. Hi From Daniel

  7. What would you do?

    My son Williams complete meltdowns came to an end when we started giving him Vitamin B6/magnesium. Could be worth a try? WillDad
  8. Immune system + teenager

    Try Black Elderberry. William shook off a cold for the first time after trying that. The Autism Treatment Trust recommended Low Dose Naltrexone to help with Wills immune system. Since being on diets and supplements Wills immune system has improved immensely but trying to pinpoint whats made the most difference is impossible. WD
  9. Yeasty problem...????

    We have been giving William Candex, which attacks yeast, for the last three weeks and the change in him is remarkable. His poo is now properly formed as well! Have also been putting Epsom salts in his bath but I reckon its the Candex thats brought about the change. WillsDad
  10. Reaching Ricky video

    Intensive Interaction
  11. Reaching Ricky video

    We do Son-Rise so I found this quite interesting.... Willdad
  12. Hello

    Hello Kathryn MB12 is similar to vitamin b12 and LDN is Low Dose Naltrexone which helps immune system function. WillsDad
  13. Hello

    Hi Trekster And how's it going? WD
  14. Hello

    Hello Baddad Its a lot less scary than it used to be. But try this for scary! Re avatar I can't remember. Is it not possible to upload your own one btw? WD
  15. Hello

    Hello My son William is now three and a half and has come a long way since his autism seemed to take hold when he was eight months. We have been doing son-rise and diet/supplements and are going to give LDN and MB12 a try. Would be very interested in other peoples experiences. Willsdad