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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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    son of 19 Aspergers Syndrome
  1. aspie friendly university?

    thats a good question - some subjects seem to get suggested time and time again, maths, IT, but not everyone wants to do those, especially by educationalists. I am enquiring in a more general sense - hoping that some Uni's are pro-active and welcoming no matter what subject:)
  2. aspie friendly university?

    does anyone have experience of or know of any UK universities that have particularly good (or any) autism friendly support. I realise they all should be making 'reasonable adjusstments' but in reality, they vary a great deal, ranging from dont know anything about it, to welcoming. thanks very much. may be necessary to make a change (unfortunately) - so heres another question, how does one change to a new uni that you migth prefer, first year, and what evidence might be expected to support the request, if at all possible:)
  3. adult care

    some really interesting debate going on here thanks to all:) putting it another way, a young male is picked up by the police and they misinterpret some behaviours/reactions as guilty of hiding something or being obstructive and lock them up in a cell, causing even more behaviors and so on.... what if the young male is not diagnosed but rellies suspect asd but gp is not knowledgable... sorry to be vague but the above scenario is nearer to the root of my question. how long does it take to 'accept' a diagnosis, maybe some prefer not to know but may experience disadvantage at some point, true, this may be just an inconvenience but if the fallout were say, more tragic?
  4. adult care

  5. adult care

    yes, Kathryn, it is a complicated scenario on all kinds of ethical levels as well as trawling through statutory duty or legal positions on rights etc, which seems to be what families end up having to try to understand and deal with,so easy for all involved to get it wrong. can we just standby and watch someone fail, we would not allow someone who was sight impaired to for example to take the wrong exit, we would provide alternative means of communicating the much needed information to be fair and evenhanded. thanks for some very interesting input on this:)
  6. adult care

    totally agree, nt's make 'wrong' choices all the time and do not come under the scrutiny just for being 'disabled' and I believe this is against the law, possibly Human Rights and some other acts cant think of right now, what I am getting at is scenarios where the root problem is nt professionals mistaking asd behaviours as getting it 'wrong' and then taking action on that, another professional who is very aware of asd behaviours steps in and says, whoah, you cant do that, but may be over ridden? complex but these things are happening.
  7. adult care

    thanks, I guess I am thinking in the area of 'being led astray' or being vulnerable to manipulation by those with the power to make decisions and maybe that individual should seek legal advice or maybe an advocate but is unaware of how vital it is to do so, especially if those doing the manipulating are not actively seeking to do harm but misunderstand autism??
  8. adult care

    I am a staunch supporter of the needs of anyone being requested by the individual concerned, in a kind of 'whose need is it anyway?' approach, what is an inconvenience to others is not a need in the strict sense of the term! very occasionally you come across folk who appear to be in need by all other indicators but who do not recognise this themselves (adult) at what point does one, and can one, offer or insist on additional support. also, it seems different agencies have different ideas about levels of need and can go OTT or do nothing.
  9. disaibity duty

    http://www.dotheduty.org/ found this today digging about for disability rights stuff, seems interesting.
  10. A hard, hard lesson to learn ...

    another one to beware of is the charity fundraiseres who stop you on the street - they can be very skilful in requesting signatures for DD's and before youknow it, part of your loved ones DLA is going to a small charity somewhere (ps - I am not knocking donating to charities persay)
  11. son sent home from school again

    this is all too familiar and happened to me but several years ago now -shame nothing has changed, I ended up keeping my child at home but signed off by my doctor as unwell to cover my back as the school welfare threatened me over non attendance - truth is I could not keep him in there, he always came home and then I was blamed. the school should be providing an appropriate learning environment for your son and the fact that you are awaiting a diagnosis should help them to understand the situation. kids with AS can be overwhelmed by the shcool environment and need adjustments that take into account their AS, are you able to make some suggestions in the meantime. I would ring nas helpline and ask for some info, also see their website, print off the info on the section I think it is in professionals link, for teachers etc and give it to the school, I did this with my college, that way they have the info. try to be calm with them or they might resist and what you really want is for them to help your child, as soon as the dx is in place you can assert your rights. I think SEN re the definition of a learning disability should mean even without the dx you can demand support. I hope this helps. best wishes.
  12. being a parent with aspergers tips

    Hi Kathryn, good to hear from you too:) yes, he is doing fine thanks. hope your daughter is doing well also. I have tried Homestart but there is a waiting list and we bump up against the age old problem of communication with NT staff with no training in AS. I am hoping to arrange some staff training at work (all subject to approval of course lol!) it is hard to find outreach workers familiar with these things.
  13. Hi All, seem to have been away for a while and changed jobs, become a grandparent blah blah blah:) I am hoping I can find some advice on support available to a young single mum with Aspergers ADHD and Tourettes. hopeul to find an outreach worker who can come to home and provide practical support with a new baby. any helpful suggestions are most welcome, many thanks:) I have been doing some digging around but can only find the NAS befriending scheme (?) may not be suitable and mostly support for the parents of those with AS and or associated conditions.
  14. Donna Williams

    Hi, the AWARES conference has been extended, Donna Williams is on that.
  15. Autism Education Trust

    Hi, the basic answer to this is that the Trust will not be advocating one method over another. I will come back more fully later, I woudl encourage anyone with questions to use the AET response form and raise anything you want to:) Having been in touch with a spokesperson for the Trust, it is my understandng that the Trusts aim is to include as many people as possible to help to shape the Trust to be a tool for those it aims to support, and that although Treehouse are a partner along with The Council for Disabled Children and NAS, as previously mentioned, the Trust aims to give independent advice to parents and professionals. I hope this of use, do please contact AET and they will be happy to answer you :) http://www.autism.org.uk/aet http://www.ncb.org.uk/Page.asp?sve=785