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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. Homeopathy and Autism

    Hi I came across same sources of information and I am ready to learn more and try homeopathy/detox. Do you know any really good practitioners in London? thank you for any advice Rasto
  2. mmr

    HI, are information from Dr.Dean in this forum considered as a hoax too ? Link below http://www.newswithviews.com/Dean/carolyn37.htm
  3. Dear Diane Thank you very, very much for your answer Our situation is as folows. We have recognised speech delay when our son was reaching age of 3. Than we have been requesting a special health assessment and assistance with speech therapy. We have not got letter from speech therapist yet, however after strong push earlier this year we were invited to attend some counselling with psychologists from Child mental health service 4 months from requesting complete assessment. So in fact 4 months we have been visiting psychologist who is suggesting more he sees our son more he is sure he is autistic. About 2 months ago we were invited to attend first diagnostic session. We were told that it takes up to 6 months to complete diagnosti process. Than the job offer came from Paris and it is very ikely we will move there. I was looking for assisatnce and advice how to speed up whole process her ein the UK as I do not want to lose another year with receiving diagnoss in France not talking about language barrier. I was suggested we may get diagnosis at a private clinic, which is thing we are seeking right now. As in the UK our son attends part time nursery, we were hoping to find some suitable nursery in Paris too. However I have read that only toilet trained kids are accepted, which obvioulsy our son is not. He barely speaks some words too.Your message about possibility to have kids attending either regularor special schools is extremely helpful. Could you please post me some contacts to support groups or associations in France pleas. I am extremely grateful for any infrmation. I would be extremely helpful for any informatio about the education possibilities in France or any related information. Thank you very much in advance Rasto
  4. Dear all, my little 4 years old son was diagnosed with ASD. Recently I received an offer to work in France. Literally few days later I have read n article about the situation that families with kids diagnosed with ASD face there, criticising approaches of specialists. As few sources were quoted and article was refferring to the actual change in attitudes I wanted to ask some members of this forum who live in France and who have first hand experience with the system and approches there,centres etc. I am hoping there are some behvioural therapy centres and support groups for kids in Paris. Any ideas, experience, contacts ?