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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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About clairenunns

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  1. risperidone?

    thankyou, he seems to be settling on it now
  2. risperidone?

    has anyone elses child been prescribed risperidone? my son was prescribed it on tues by his psychiatrist for his depression, anxiety and aggression (he is 12). he has taken it for 2 nights and was up at 3 this morning wide awake, feeling sick and headache. ive rung the psychiatrist and been told the initial side effects will wear off.
  3. hi everyone

  4. hi everyone

    hi everyone, i disappeared off this site for a while as things seemed to be going ok, now i seem to be having loads of problems with my son and could probably do with some help and advice x
  5. really worried

    i agree about the contact issue, last year social services through the court stopped any overnight contact and stated one day a month, we're back in court in dec to look at reinstating overnight contact and this worries me x
  6. really worried

    sorry everyone i meant to put this in help and advice x
  7. really worried

    this week has been a terrible week for my son, his behaviour has been a nightmare both at home and a school, today hes hit a boy in his class with the spine of a book and cut him just below his eye, when he was told off by teacher he said hes going to harm himself and teacher shouldnt expect him in school on mon (teacher training tomorrow) because he'll be dead. all this behaviour has started after contact with their dad on sat, hes only allowed to see them one day a month (long story) each time they see him this is how it affects my son. im pretty much at the end of my tether as this is affecting my daughter as well. should i take my son to the doctor? his teacher was really concerned and so am i x
  8. how long is waiting time for assesment

    my son was referred in dec last year by ed psych and got diagnosis last monday xx
  9. hi everyone

    hi thanks for your reply, i feel i have so many questions, my son was diagnosed and i was just given a leaflet and more or less left to get on with it. xx
  10. hi everyone

    hi everyone, im claire, single mum to two cildren, just recently divorced, my 9 year old son was diagnosed with high functioning asd last monday, i kind of suspected it as my 34 year old brother has aspergers so ive grown up with it.