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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. has eaten too much pizza!

  2. Has been upgraded to an enormous family room. Anyone in London fancy a girly night in?

  3. Bethy is very excited about our new recycling wheelie bins!

  4. One word association

    Wine (null)
  5. longest topic record attempt

    You've never finished a book? That makes me quite sad - books are my escape from the world (null)
  6. I went last year - it was quite interesting. Had major issues with the underground though. There was a lot for parents, but I am a parent as well as an adult... (null)
  7. Asking inappropriate questions

    I don't think Lancs Lad's question *was* inappropriate, and the cyclist was probably pleased that you were interested enough to ask. I've commented on the spoke covers on wheelchairs before when they've looked good - just like you might say to someone I like your tshirt. As I've grown older I've started to recognise which things are inappropriate, and it's more when to keep firing the questions and when to back off. DD is terrible for going up to complete strangers and interrogating them as to the minutae of their lives though! (null)
  8. Struggling with benefits. Help please!

    Special talent - not all social services still have a register. I asked and my county doesn't any more. There doesn't seem to be any way to register other than claiming DLA. (null)
  9. A-S warriors mission, changing your view on aspergers forever.

    I don't view my autism as a negative thing (now I've got my head straight). All the negatives have come from not being diagnosed and the misunderstandings that have arisen due to that - both my own misconceptions and others', leading to secondary mental health issues. It is imperative that children are diagnosed as quickly as possible so that they can grow up understanding and valuing who they are, and not being mislabelled as 'naughty' or 'lazy'. Yet this isn't happening. And I have the double whammy of a genetic physical disability which has only just been diagnosed, and I have been made to feel like a hypochondriac all my life. But I am still not being taken seriously about my daughter who is showing very strong signs of both AS and EDS... (null)
  10. reading

    I'm hyperlexic butterfly - I could read before I was 3 and was reading adult fiction and textbooks by 8.
  11. One word association

  12. Almost 5 years ago, back in April 2007, a group of complete strangers found out we were pregnant. We joined an online forum of ladies all expecting their babies in the December of that year. We compared notes, relayed birth stories, worked out just how we were going to deal with being new mums or how to cope with more than one or two or even three. Almost 5 years on and we are a smaller group but we've been through all we can together: obvious child worries; returning to work; starting busine...

  13. Autism or Asperger - does the diagnosis matter?

    Everyone on the autistic spectrum has such a unique set of skills and deficits that their needs and capabilities need to be assessed on an individual basis anyway. Not only that, our our needs change depending on the stressors in our life - obviously there are some people who will never be high functioning, but some of us with be very capable at some points and very dependent at others.
  14. Autism or Asperger - does the diagnosis matter?

    Personally - I think we will be better off when the Aspergers diagnosis goes. At the moment there a massive confusion about what is autism and what isn't, what's autism and what's Asperger's etc etc. I went to a really interesting talk/discusssion on Monday that a lecturer on autism (Dr Luke Beardon) gave to the Lancashire Autism Partnership Board, and he said that there was only one thing you could definitively say a person with autism could not do - and that was not be autistic. If he had a dx of Aspergers then he would be autistic anyway...
  15. has had some very sad news this morning. Rest In Peace Caroline Greenwood, you have been an inspiration to us all. Our thoughts and prayers are with Grant and Luke.