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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. What's everyone listening to?

    Not sure about my future. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vuudq9enI4
  2. What's everyone listening to?

    I'm hurting badly.
  3. What's everyone listening to?

    Dubtribe Sound System - Do It Now
  4. What book are you reading at the moment?

    The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus. It's a philosophical (existentialist) essay which should prep me before I embark on the much more comprehensive Being and Nothingness by Jean Paul Sartre. I seem to subscribe to much of the existentialist school of philosophy, though whether learning more about it will be good for my psychological well-being remains to be seen.
  5. What's everyone listening to?

    Thanks for your PM. For some reason, the system won't let me reply to it but to answer your question, I'm very well thanks. Not sure how often I'll be checking in but it's nice to be back anyway.
  6. What's everyone listening to?

    Gorillaz - Empire Ants
  7. What's everyone listening to?

    La Roux - Kiss And Not Tell
  8. What is this forum for?

    LancsLad, you're right. It's sometimes easy to forget that the way in which many of our members engage with this forum is a manifestation of their personal idiosyncracies. I should remember to make allowances for that and I apologise for showing my frustration earlier. On reflection, I think I am just having a bad day.
  9. Perhaps I'm just having a bad day but I'm becoming rather disaffected by the dominance in this forum of a few members who have an awful lot to say about anything and everything. I accept that internet forums generally support free speech but without some self-restraint from its members, it risks losing members who perceive the forum's purpose differently. Sorry if I'm out of line, and shoot me down in flames if you want, but that's how I feel.
  10. What's everyone listening to?

    Very sad to hear of Donna Summer's passing. I'm old enough to remember when I Feel Love came out. It sounded like nothing that had gone before and still sounds amazing now. Here's my favourite of her records.
  11. anybody up for a forum meet?

    I was replying to Paul's joke about meeting a jowly diabetic. No jowls.
  12. anybody up for a forum meet?

    There are a few people here I'd like to meet, but not all in one go, which rules me out. Also, I'm diabetic.
  13. What's everyone listening to?

    This could almost be an anthem for aspies. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqZdC6qXhLI
  14. favorate sweets of your childhood

    I used to ask at the sweet shop for a "two-and-a-half pence mixture." Blackjacks, Fruit Salads and most of the others were 4 for a halfpenny so I'd get about 20 sweets in a paper bag. From the jars behind the counter, I liked bonbons (especially the white ones and yellow ones), pineapple cubes, and pear drops (although they did and still do make me cough). I liked Texan bars but you had to hold your spare hand underneath to catch the chocolate as you bit the toffee. Same with Curly Wurlies. And I used to like Cresta which really was very fizzy and frothy. If I was feeling particularly decadent, I'd blow my pocket money on a packet of Mintolas.