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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. What is your experience learning to drive.

    Hi, Thanks for the replies so far. We are not the driving school advertised in the Glasgow Shopping Centre and you will find we provide the service from Age 10 and at half their price, so excellent value. We have had meetings with the student and examiners before going for tests to help students get used to the examiner and at times this has been more than once which does help and we also encourage the instructors to use other instructors with us to go out with their students for the additional experience. I think it is good to be able to visualise the experience with dry runs or the instructor doing a demo of what is expected - I do understand it must be a careful choice of words for the visualisation. Please keep any replies coming I do appreciate this. Thanks again, Brian
  2. Hi, This is my first post and I hope to get information from the experience of forum members in relation to learning to drive with Aspergers and ASD. I have been a driving instructor for over ten years and now manage a team of 40 instructors who provide lessons both on the road and at two venues in Central Belt of Scotland on private ground off road to help younger people or people not as confident get started at build their confidence and ability. Over the years we have taught numerous people with Aspergers, Autism, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia etc and have used our collective experience to assist these new drivers. A number of our instructors are studying a year long driving coaching course to further develop thier self awareness and student centred teaching skills and the skills being fine tuned really help. I was at an Autism Awareness Course this week and I found it very good and I was delighted when three of the instructors I went with who are also doing the Btec Coaching course commented that - it doesn't really change what we are doing as we should already be treating every student as an individual and should be aware of what they need as the student and provide the best thing for them and the student can help us achieve that by coming up with their own solutions - I thought YES! I am hoping through this forum and this initial topic I can get information from members about the experience they or family members had learning to drive. I hope to get the good things that helped and the not so good which resulted in barriers or a reluctance to see it through. This way we can help others by getting it right for them. Thanks again, Brian
  3. Hi to all - I am new too

    Hi, I am new to this forum and I hope to learn from the experience of others. Thank you , Brian