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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. I lost my Golden Retriever of almost twelve years old last month. I did cry a little, but was able to keep going as normal. Then a misunderstanding between my dog trainer and myself (resolved now) caused me to have a good cry even though it wouldn't normally bother me. Then I was watching a program and someone else was talking about losing their dog of a similar age and that brought it all back again. Do aspies have varying levels of how they cope with grief?
  2. My 3 yr old recently dianosed

    I had speech delay but was told it was aspergers. I didn't start speaking until 5 years old.
  3. Yep, I repeat phrases from tv programs all the time. I tend to copy from other people too in real life, I never used the word 'wee while' until I heard a work colleague saying it, its his way of announcing he's going to the toilet lol
  4. airports and flying

    My best advice would be to get to the airport nice and early so you're not rushing. Me and my sister travelled back from Florida alone once and we checked in online so all we had to do was drop off the luggage. Check which desk you need to be at for checking in, if in doubt, you can always ask the airline support staff which are usually milling about the queue exits which one you need to be at. Once done, get through security, then when you've got whatever you need at the shops, I'd head straight to the boarding gate early even if it means waiting a little longer its better than being late.
  5. staff meeting @ work -BAD NEWS! ;(

    aren't they offering you any jobs in the academy instead?
  6. New Puppy problem's - advice please

    Sorry what's your DS? Is that your child?
  7. Anyone do this?

    I'm not officially diagnosed with dyspraxia or dyslexic although I do have occasional clumsiness. Psychologist just thought I had aspergers basically.
  8. 10 year old fainted in class

    Oh that can be a hard thing to do. You know those people that actually dress up as statues in towns and stand still then suddenly move to entertain people in return for money? You need to be really fit to do that and if you're not, then that can make you faint.
  9. Anyone do this?

    I think this has nothing to do with age as I'm only 28 and this has been happening for a good few years now. I think people can be forgetful at any age but I just wondered if it was an AS trait? I have got into the habit of writing down a list of my tasks at work now so I don't forget them.
  10. Anyone do this?

    If I've started to say something and I'm interrupted suddenly, I completely forget what I've said and have to think of something new to say.
  11. 10 year old fainted in class

    Standing still staring at a screen or at a specific place? When I'm having to stand doing something at work, I make sure I take the time to turn around, change position etc, and if i'm there for half an hour, have five minute walk break somewhere else.
  12. addicted to eating - PASTA! why???

    I'm addicted to butter cream at the moment, really going to try and break this habit as its not doing my body good
  13. Autism simulator

    Working fine for me
  14. Eye contact

    I get that from kids mostly, don't know why.
  15. Age discrimination

    I'd love a dog that I could take to work, only reason I can't have one at the moment really. The other problem I have is whether work will accept it giving the fact I'm not blind or deaf.