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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 Koalagrrrl

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  1. Aw, congratulations!!
  2. Pookie returns.......

    So glad things are going well, Kathryn!! We have no idea what DS1 will do after school....and if he takes his dads advice, he'll kick back and vegetate on the dole! No way, hose! Still having big authority issues, but I keep reminding myself theyre nowhere near as bad as they used to be! Ive started working in palliative care, finding it surprisingly enjoyable! I don't mind, Pookie or KG, I'm back at any rate!!
  3. Pookie returns.......

    Hey y'all-some of you may remember me as Pookie- I cant remember mypassword so have had to create a new account, heheh! Life'sprettygood, atm. Babydilla isnow 1.5(!!!!)and the boys are doing well. DS1's AS/ADHD are still very much a bigpartofallour lives but he'scome such a long way since the dark days of early school.....progress is still happening, though Icant help but dwell on what direction his life will take him.... ...IF he survives being a teenager- Kevin has possessedmy boy and I could cheerfully squish the littlebeggar from time to time= if I get answered with 'WHAAAaaaaaaaaat???!!??' next tiem Icall him, Imay well leave for Timbuktu!! But life is good. Ihope you're all in a great place, and cant wait to catch up! Hugs n stuff, KoalaPookie!
  4. I Don't Think I'm An Aspie After All

    One thing my sons psych said was that when she first met my boy, he was a bit of an anomaly in the world of ASD. While certain he was on the spectrum, he didnt tick all the boxes for any particular condition and was quite a challenge for her to work out. That was about 10 years ago. At his last apointment, she commented that this 'anomaly' strain she assumed my son had seemed to be blossoming as she now has several patients displaying difficulties/traits/insert word of choice here very similar with my boys... ALmost like an evolution of the condition, was the sense I got. You simply are not going to get an absolute answer as there arenotestsavailable,nothing tangible that one can point to toprove they are on the spectrum..... I think its up to you to decide if your difficulties make your life difficult enough to warrant going with the DX, or questioning it, or ignoring it altogether.