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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. Happy birthday, bid!

    Wishing you a very Happy Birthday dear Bid, have a lovely day, Helen xx <'>
  2. Just score me 10 out of 10 for that little gem
  3. Bid, never having met you and Jester / never having seen a photo of you both, do you remember the time that I managed to quite accurately describe you and Jester in detail (from within my mind's eye)? I remember you telling me at the time that Jester was well freaked!
  4. Greenwich Meetup

    kathryn, a warm 'hello' right back at you x <'>
  5. Greenwich Meetup

    He actually suggested that I could very well have been a "40st trucker from Glasgow" Much love to you and yours pal xx <'>
  6. **Sad news**

    For Mrs. P. & Family, So very, very sorry xx
  7. Goodbye

    Amanda, deepest and heartfelt condolences to you and your family. So very sorry, Helen xx
  8. Happy Birthday Mossgrove

    Simon, Wishing you a very , hope you have a great day! Helen <'>
  9. Hellp

    Congratulations Adamsmum <'>
  10. Just wanted to share EDITED

    OPooh, Many Congratulations! <'>
  11. New Moderators

    Annie, Phasmid & Kathryn <'> A well deserved promotion indeed! Congratulations
  12. My second driving test

    I am very, very pleased for you Gordie, well done Wishing you safe motoring
  13. Oh Help again!

    I know of a few occasions when the Senco and/or teaching staff would deliberately disregard the Statement when it came to 1:1 support. I was supposed to work on a 1:1 basis with a statemented child but the newly qualified class teacher was determined to put five other SEN children with me, these children had various difficulties. I was instructed initially by the classteacher and then by the Senco and when I disagreed with their instructions I went to the headteacher to explain the situation. The head asked me if my 1:1 was meeting his targets and when I confirmed that he was, the head told me that I had to take my instructions from the class teacher. (The matter didn't end there... ) A few of my friends are LSAs, they too have been in a similar position. My hubby and I went to our son's first parents evening in comp and when we spoke to one particular teacher he was absolutely furious that our son's LSA hadn't been present for the majority of the XXXXXXX lessons - the teacher told us that he knew the LSA hadn't been absent on the days that she should have provided support to our son because he had checked her attendance signature in the signing in book. This teacher wanted us to take the matter further with the Senco there and then. We didn't need prompting. My husband and I went to the Senco to clarify the situation, the Senco made up some rubbish explanation, but we knew she had lied to us because I immediately found faults with the explanation. We had to take the matter further with the LEA.
  14. Eating out

    This is wonderful news Kathryn I am so pleased for you all
  15. am i expecting too much?

    There's your outside agency - the EP.
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