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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. Sleep issues in Autistic 4 year old

    Hi A and A Since having melatonin my ds doesnt wake up as much as he used to in the night. He still does wake up in the middle of the night sometimes but it happens more when he is anxious about something. Once he is awake though he doesnt go back to sleep, so i think the melatonin is more for helping him get off to sleep He has had melatonin for about 3yrs now though and has no side affects. You could always ring you Pead and see what they suggest. Its so difficult to function with little sleep there is no right or wrong answer i think its just whats best for your child and you. Hope that helps <'>
  2. Sleep issues in Autistic 4 year old

    Hi, my son was/is exactly the same, i spoke to his Pead and she prescribed melatonin for him. Its a natural medication and helps him drop off (which is where the problem lies) she seemed to think it was common with some children who have autism as they dont produce enough of it themselves. Anyway he has 3mg every night 30 mins before bedtime and it works very well for him.
  3. DLA Question

    Hi Mumble Good luck with the form it truly is an awful form Also you probably know but it can take quite a while before you hear anything so dont worry, and if you were to phone them ( or get someone else to) it is always very busy so you would be on hold for a long time. <'> <'>
  4. I'm at my wits end

    Im so sorry your upset Wildkat <'> <'> I have 3 boys, the eldest has asd and he cannot stand his youngest brother, and often calls him his arch enemy He gets so upset/worked up sometimes i wonder what he would do if he got hold of him when he is angry with him. The youngest doesnt help himself though as he aggravates him, which is part of the problem. I also hope they will grow out of it but i know my brothers only started getting on when they didnt live together anymore which is a long time to wait. Im sorry i dont have any advice but i do understand a bit of how your feeling <'> <'>
  5. Personal Liability Insurance

    My mum mentioned this to me yesterday (ive not had a letter yet) and i was surprised to be honest. I wont be taking the insurence. I would like think that most people would be understanding IF my son damaged something by accident and i dont think that he is any more likely than my other children to get into the kind of situation where we might get sued! And i dont want insurence for them either! I cant think there would be many who are prepared to sue a child (with a disability or not) for getting caught in a situation where they have been hit accidentally when the child has lashed out either, unless very seriously hurt but maybe thats me being naive
  6. which one to watch on a saturday night

    i love strictly come dancing
  7. x factor

    it made me teary too he was amazing
  8. Back to School

    i have to say its the opposite for us, due to the lack of routine my ds finds the time off difficult and too long its been 7weeks this time and he was ready to go back last week Hope it went ok for you
  9. What book are you reading at the moment?

    never look back - by lesley pearce
  10. Going to be away for a while

    Take care Mumble <'> <'>
  11. BBC3 Documentary - The Autistic Me

    i really enjoyed watchig this it gave me great insight into the future for my son
  12. Good news for us

    well done
  13. Help!

    Hi Fen08 My son is nearly 9 and has never slept well. After his diagnosis his pead prescribed melatonin for him to help him settle at night time, it is not addictive and apparently its something the brain produces naturally just some people dont produce enough. It doesnt stop him from waking in the night if he is worried about something but it definately helps him get off to sleep. I dont think a gp can prescribe it but i would ask for a referal asap. Does she have a night light this also helped my son settle a bit better. As for the anxiety this is something my son has only recently started, but its more to do with being on his own or getting really worked up over losing something even if he hasnt lost it he will worry incase it gets lost . Unfortuately i dont have much advice but i can really simpathise with you <'> Brooke
  14. Hello

    welcome <'> It is a great forum
  15. x factor

    Hi I have read online that there is a very good singer who has auditioned for x factor this year and he has AS. Just wondered about everyones thoughts on this Personally i think if he is looked after well and can cope it will be great for him and help public awareness of as/autism. On the other hand i really hope he is ok and can cope with the pressure if he gets through, as susan boyle on BGT had a difficult time. Sorry if this has already been posted i couldnt see it anywhere on forum Brooke