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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

SensitiveSoul

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About SensitiveSoul

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  • Birthday April 8

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    sonia.c.owen@hotmail.co.uk
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    sonia.c.owen

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    My interests are phtotgraphy and art. I don't claim to be particularly good at either, and I don't go to any groups or enter any competitions. I just do it for fun and because it makes me happy :)

    I also like watching TV, playing computer games and watching sport. I am a massive Liverpool FC fan and go to watch them when I can.
  1. Action for Asperger's

    http://www.facebook....ionForAspergers About A bespoke counselling, emotional support, diagnostic and advocacy service for lives which have become adversely affected by the experience of ASPERGER’S SYNDROME (autism). Registered charity 1148790. Founded 2008 Mission The charitable service aims to offer a bespoke emotional support/befriending service: For people in a close, but at times, challenging, relationship with an AS child, adolescent or adult For any child/adolescent/adult who has Asperger’s Syndrome. Description Action for Asperger's is a charity which was set up in October 2008 specifically to support those who's lives are affected by Asperger's Syndrome. Elaine Nicholson M.A, is the founder of ACTION FOR ASPERGER’S and is qualified in both counselling and Asperger’s syndrome (SHU & Leics). She has previously worked as a counsellor for a large mental health charity and children’s charity, and has accrued over 1000 counselling hours. Perhaps more importantly though, she has the experience of Asperger’s syndrome affecting several members of her own family. General information Services offered: Face to face counselling Phone service for flare up situations Skype service Text facility Email support service Diagnostic facility (ADI-R) Training Advocacy
  2. My head is pounding and I've got bad pain in my side. I don't feel well at all! Took painkillers and slept - didn't help. Gona try a bath and see if that helps :-(

  3. Spent a lovely day with my sister and my beautiful niece. We put the Christmas tree up at my sisters and Nevaeh is now crawling and she went straight for it! lol

  4. Would so love an Elaine Nicholson hug right now! I'm feeling pretty lonely and would love nothing more than to see her smile at me and hear her say it'll be ok. I hate being so far away from her sometimes! Time to pick myself up and do something to help me feel better - perhaps some drawing...

  5. Can't believe I slept till now! Shows how sleep deprived I've been. Hasn't made me feel any better though - I feel rough as!

  6. I wish I could get across to people just how horrible it feels when I have to try and cope with unexpected change or a complete lack of structure and routine, because I feel like I look so stupid when I break down in tears over what looks like such a non-issue to everyone else. Having said that credit where it's due, my manager has been incredibly understanding yet again.

  7. I've made my foot go dead from sitting on it again and now have got major pins and needles while the feeling is coming back! I don't even notice it's happening until I try to move because sitting on my feet feels so comfortable. Just one of my many quirks!

  8. Had a fab session with my therapist and a lovely evening with Robert Mann. Happier Sonia today :)

  9. With a supportive kick up the backside and nudge in the right direction from Elaine Nicholson, I have managed to overcome my feelings of stress and anxiety and deal with the situation that was causing it. I'm proud that I listened to what was said and did something, rather than letting the anxiety win and just saying 'I can't do it!' I am definitely making changes - small ones, but changes none the less!

  10. Feeling anxious and stressy. Why did I ever go along with something I was never comfortable with - stupid, stupid girl!

  11. Once again I've messed up! It's hard when you interact not based on instinctively knowing how to, but based on what you've seen and heard others say and do in similar situations. I responded how I thought I was supposed to in the circumstance, and have only served to land myself in a pretty messy situation!

  12. I rather stupidly tripped over my dressing gown on the floor and landed with by big toe bent under and all my weight on it - ouch! That'll teach me to leave clothes lying around on the floor!

    1. Willow-Tree

      Willow-Tree

      ouch :( I trip over my feet even when there's nothing on the floor hehe!

  13. I'm really regretting falling asleep earlier because now when I should be asleep (and really want to be asleep!) I really can't sleep!

  14. I fell asleep without meaning to and have just woken up. I've got a horrible headache and want to go back to sleep!

  15. I feel like I'm doing really well this week. I'm handling things a lot better than I have been and I feel proud of myself for it. It's actually making me feel gutted I'm not seeing my therapist to tell her about it. I don't often feel proud of myself so I know I've done good and I kind of feel like shouting it from the rooftops!

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