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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. New Here - Joined Because of My Son

    Thank you for the replies...... It isn't that he has trouble sleeping at night and that makes him tired. He sleeps day and night. On a normal day he sleeps about 19 hours, on a bad one 23. On a really good day he might be awake 8 or 9 hours, but those are very few and far between. Even when he is awake he is exhausted. He falls asleep mid sentence and while eating. He has only been into school about 10 times in the last year. For the last few weeks we have had a tutor come for 2 1/2 hours once a week. He can sleep though part of the session and has to go to bed as soon as the tutor leaves. Before that we have had no support with his education at all.
  2. New Here - Joined Because of My Son

    Hi All My son 15 is newly diagnosed with Aspergers. He was under CAMHS when he was little 7/8. At that time I asked them if he had a form of autism, but was assured that he did not. The diagnosed ADHD - they wanted to give him ritalin, but I would not allow it as they had not tried anything else. He also had some other medical issues and his attendance at school was down to 63% because of these. The education authority did not offer any help so we took him out of school and home educated him for 6 years. At 14 he decided he wanted to go back to school. His other medical issues has settled down so he made the arrangements for him to go. He started in September 2010. He settled in really well and did great for the first term (although the school thought he had problems with socialising - he did not think he had any - his version of socialisation is somewhat different to theirs!). When he went back after Christmas 2010, he started with a vast range of physical symptoms. He has had the most terrible year. While trying to find out what is wrong with him they have discovered that he has aspergers. We are waiting for him to see the Chronic Fatigue Team (we think he has fybromialga or something similar). He has only been to school for a handful of days in over a year. I don't know how to help him. We are trying to deal with all the medical issues and help him to deal with the aspbergers as well (although I don't really see that as something to "fix" - it's part of who he is and he's great!). I wonder if when he went back to school he had some kind of sensory overload and the other symptoms are somehow related to his aspergers. I need all the advice I can get. I am so frustrated!!! When I think of all the years I could have been helping him to understand and cope with his aspergers and I was trying to help him with the wrong thing! Please help this desparate mother.