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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. Found a nicer place, less negativity towards those on the spectrum. It seems I can’t delete my account completely. So this will have to do as a final post.

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    2. Lyndalou


      I wish you well. I'm sorry you didn't feel comfortable here :-(

    3. Merry


      Alex, you'll be missed I'm sure. I'm sorry that's how you feel. I'm sure no one intended for you to feel that way. I particularly enjoyed your thread about the different sides of yourself...but if you feel more comfortable on a different forum, that's great...I'm happy for you.

    4. Suze


      Alex good luck, please come back sometime x

  2. Found a nicer place, less negativity towards those on the spectrum. It seems I can’t delete my account completely. So this will have to do as a final post.

  3. The cutest video of Lion Cubs hugging their trainer!
  4. Two more days of work then a week off :D

  5. Cant cope with him

    I moved in October and have only just started getting to sleep in my own bed. Have you made sure the lighting, temperature, and smell of the room are ok, for him. it can just be little things that stop kids getting to sleep. Also, get him to choose where things go in his room. Where he puts his bed, clothes etc. And I've found that having a fuller room with more of your own toys/belongings can help. Have you asked him why he doesn't sleep?
  6. Adult Self-Stimulatory Behaviour

    I pace all the time, also I flick each one of my fingers in sequence, hitting my fist into my palm, chewing the inside of my lip/cheeks.
  7. Did you get GCSE's/O Levels?

    You, Special_talent123 and everyone really!
  8. Did you get GCSE's/O Levels?

    Like A-S Warrior do you feel that you could have gotten more, if your educational setting was different?
  9. Did you get GCSE's/O Levels?

    I found that the teachers 'caused the most problem for me at school. My mum always believed that I could do well so I felt supported at home but at school all I would get told is that I was a waste of space, and how was I ever going to get any where in life if I carried on this way etc. it's crazy the stuff that teachers think they can say to kids!
  10. Did you get GCSE's/O Levels?

    A-S warrior - I felt the same, too many kids, arrogant teachers and boring lessons! Plus how was I supposed to observe/understand these kids when they didn't even understand themselves. In the end I just stopped going. Still pulled some good grades out the bag though. Don't know how I did it, was always considered bright but I didn't know I could do that. Just luck I guess.
  11. It's weird when stuff like that happens. When I first heard Eminem's verse in Airplanes Part 2 I was like that! "Lets pretend he just stayed outside all day and played with his friends Pretend he even had a friend to say was his friend And it wasn't time to move and schools weren't changing again He wasn't socially awkward and just strange as a kid He had a father and his mother wasn't crazy as ######"
  12. Did you get GCSE's/O Levels?

    Do you feel that you could have gotten more, if your educational setting was different?
  13. Rules Schmules. Real people have real problems because this is real life! You can't filter the entire world!

  14. School seems to be a big problem in for kids on the Autistic Spectrum. I only went to Main stream schools (7 of them actually) and I came out with 9 GCSE's. I'm just wondering how many of you on the spectrum came out of school with any GCSE's or O Level. I don't know of any kids at my secondary school that had ASD so I don't really know what qualifications (if any) kids with ASD typically get. Or is there even a similarity between us, at all? I hated school (as I'm sure many of you did too). I'm just curious to know what you got out of secondary school.
  15. A warrior's tale.

    Main stream life whilst traumatic taught me so much too. being able to observe other people and try and "understand" them helped me immensely, I'm now able to appear 'normal' and even actually feel comfortable around people sometimes. Still learning everyday though!