Depression, Mental Health and Crisis Support 06/04/2017Depression, 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
I was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome in 2010 after researching arts therapies in 2004 and realising that I was seeing myself in the research mirror. I have previously identified (and to a certain extent still do) as "socially anxious" or "avoidant".
Lived "down south" for nigh on 30 years before meeting the love of my life and moving up to her home town in Yorkshire. What a beautiful county; epic scenery and the bleakness of the moors within a (dry)stones throw of each other!
England seems a much smaller place when you have your feet at both ends of the country ;p
I'm in the process of preparing for and choosing a Masters degrees at the moment, however by day I can be found baking at my local Sainsburys, keeping the wheels of commerce greased. What can I say, the process of preparing for and choosing a Masters is taking longer than I thought...
As well as being diagnosed with AS (and therefore interested in it's causes and prognoses,) I am very interested in the relationship of 'outsiders' in general to society, both those that are self-defined and those that are socially/culturally and politically defined as such.