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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. addicted to eating - PASTA! why???

    I'm addicted to pretzels at the moment and have to eat them every day. No idea what they're made of. Is this similar to the pasta addiction?
  2. Hello from another newbie !

    Hi Adrian and welcome. You seem kinda young to me (I'm 49) : ) L
  3. Just need some Reassurance

    Hi and welcome. It's so hard at your age but it does get easier as you get older. I was once in your position but am now happily married, with a 21 year old son, and doing a job I love. I wish I could offer you some helpful advice but the best I can do is let you know that you're not alone, there are lots of us out here : )
  4. Aspergers and Identity

    I also stuggle with my sense of identity and this isn't helped by my 'faceblindness' as unless I am looking in a mirror I don't know what I look like. I change depending on who I am with and this leads to people having a view of me that does not reflect who I am at all eg I have been told this week that I am very feminine despite the fact that I almost always wear trousers (feel like a man in drag in a dress) and have little or no interest in 'girly' things. Also, been asked to look after some documents for someone who believes I am well organised despite me having to give all my important documents to my mum or I lose them. I do not seem to have a sense of 'self' in my own right but only see myself in relation to other people eg as a mum, wife, daughter.
  5. My doubtful life story

    Hello Gareth and welcome. I enjoy travel - my favourite place in the UK is Suffolk and I go there at least once a year. You are fortunate to live in Stowmarket.My favourite overseas country is India. It would be good to hear about some of theplaces you have visited. L : )
  6. Hi, I'm new here

    Hi Mark. Welcome to the forum. Like you, my Christian faith is very important to me too. I have developed lots of coping mechanisms but they don't include LEGO although when my son was younger I spent many hours building things from LEGO for him. L : )
  7. I come back, got some news just need a little bit of support

    I believe prayer is the most powerful thing you can do.
  8. i feel we are severely held back by the education system. My memories of school are of excruciating boredom and frustration that so many pupils in my class were stupid. I wanted to work much quicker than the majority of the class and got restless and lost interest when I wasn't allowed to. I agree, Merry, that we are capable of so much if given the opportunities.
  9. Adult Self-Stimulatory Behaviour

    I count over and over again on my fingers; I crack a bone in the top of my foot whenever I'm sitting down (drives my husband mad); I flap my hands but less than when I was a child; I also do the talking like a station announcer and listing all the stations - I really thought I was the only one to do this.
  10. Town centres

    This happens to me too. Supermarkets affect me in this way and I have been known to abandon my shopping trolley full of shopping in my rush to get out.
  11. The best of 2012?

    It's great to find a fellow fan, Darkshine. I will start a topic in 2013.
  12. Happy New Year

    This is the first time I have posted a topic as it's taken me a while to gain enough confidence to do so. I wasn't able to pass on my Christmas wishes as I wasn't at work and don't have a computer at home so I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy New Year and all the best for 2013.
  13. The best of 2012?

    I could enlighten everyone as Le Tour is my passion. However, most people seem to find the topic incredibly boring so I only talk about it in July.
  14. The best of 2012?

    Bradley Wiggins winning the Tour de France - one of the highlights of my life!!!
  15. Odd one out ?

    I have also always felt like the odd one out. It used to bother me, especially as I could never really hide as I'm 5 feet 10 and, therefore, as a woman, very noticeable. Now I really don't care. Who wants to be a sheep?