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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. Bad News

    Gosh Bid I'm so sorry! Hope she has improved since your last update ((((hug)))) A x
  2. Anyones child done a LASS test?

    The audiologist at my dd's recent hearing test told us that there are no tests at present to determine auditory processing problems!!! Now not a happy bunny! A x
  3. My dd will only drink water at the moment as that's what beavers drink (thank god she's not eating sticks) We have huge tears when I have to insist that she is NOT a beaver, she is a little GIRL who LIKES beavers. A x
  4. a sample of my dd literacy (story)

    That's excellent HEdders, so pleased you've been listened to A x
  5. a sample of my dd literacy (story)

    I think that is meant to be hiding? I'm a bit rusty at reading phonetic spellings. I see letter reversals and poor formation....y for g for eg. (can't help laugh a little because I'm sure there's some welsh words in there! ) Seriously though, I would want to speak to her teacher, without knowing your dd's difficulties and what her normal written work is like it's hard to comment, but there do appear to be some areas that at 8 yrs old I would be concerned about. Has she been assessed for dyslexia or dyspraxia for example? There might be evidence of not hearing phonemes in words too as it isn't easy to read phonetically too. Whether that's poor hearing, poor processing or not learnt her phonics fully yet is difficult to say with out assessing her. Definately go talk to the school and copy the work to show the paed though A x
  6. Bio Melatonin 3mg

    Melatonin occurs naturally in the brain but some people don't make enough. If you took one you will probably have a good nights sleep That said it is great for getting my dd off to sleep but doesn't stop her waking a few hours later, this is quite common. But for many it works really well. Good luck, A x Oh, just to say that we mix the capsule contents into dd's juice, some people use yogurt, it might seem less frightening for your son that way?
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  11. I rarely use pinned topics but just a few with the important advice...legal requirements, procedures, organisations, etc would be good. Pleased they're going to be reduced as it was a bit tedious to scroll down a whole page to reach posts A x (hmmm cross posted with you there Karen, lol)

    What a horrible position for you to be in! I do agree with the others though, you need to back Nick strongly on this. After all, if Steven continues to make false allegations he will find himself in trouble one day when the person he is accusing reports him to the police. This needs nipping in the bud and Steve has to realise how serious and unacceptable this behaviour is. Is Katie aware of these accusations because it could really cause problems with her feelings towards Nick if she percieves there to be a problem! Good luck, ((((hug)))) A x
  13. :bday: :bday: :bday: Hope you are all having a wonderful day! A x