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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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    walking, bridge, dog.

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  1. Um... Hi!

    Anything south of the Tyne is the Midlands. Anything north of the Tweed is the Arctic. Right, that's got the geography sorted out!
  2. Adult Aspergers assessment

    Can anyone offer advice on whether or not I should go for a formal diagnosis? Now 59, I function pretty well in the world as long as I don't have to interact with other people. I have colleagues at work, and used to make myself go to social functions, but I could never think of anything to say and I don't go now. While at work I use 'we' a lot, giving the impression that I'm part of a couple. Similarly, I manage to drop phrases like 'a friend of mine' into conversation. Outside work, I am friendly with my neighbours, but I present an NT front to them. I'd like to 'come out' about being Aspie, but it's a big step and, once done, can't be undone. If I plucked up the courage to go to my GP, what would a formal diagnosis give me? I don't need financial support. What I really want to be more accepting of my condition, to meet people with whom I don't have to pretend to be NT, and maybe to have some sort of support network [emotional, not financial].
  3. newbie - slightly over 21!

    Thanks, people. I'll check the NAS website. Marjoram - I used to play bridge when I was at school. I might try an evening class - it'd mean being among a group of people, which I usually avoid, but this way there'd be a common purpose and something to talk about. Over the last twenty years my main hobby has been fellwalking and my dog. Unfortunately an old injury means that a joint replacement is likely in the near-ish future, so I think that my days on the high fells may be over. Volunteer dog walking is a possibility, health permitting. That Norwich social group sounds awful! If I find a group in the North East I hope it's not like that.
  4. Cats or Dogs?

    I have one of each, but the cat's the boss! Dogs have owners, cats have staff.
  5. newbie - slightly over 21!

    Hello everyone. I've been lurking on this site for a few months, but have only recently taken the plunge and joined. Communicating with others has never been easy for me, but I can say things to a keyboard that I've never been able to say in person. Now in my 50's, I've always been a loner. Not really through choice, but because I've never known how to form friendships with other people. I used to make myself go to social functions, but never enjoyed them. I don't think there's anything about my life that others would find interesting, and I can't do small talk. I first heard of AS about ten years ago, and immediately thought 'that's me'! The on line aspie test comes out positive, but I've never done anything about getting a formal diagnosis. Are there any advantages? I've done pretty well in my career – work has tended to fill the place in my life that, for other people, is occupied by friends, family and a social life. But now retirement looms. I've never liked change anyway [an Aspie trait], but this one is particularly scary since work has been so important to me. I function OK in the world as long I don't have to interact too much with people. I have acquaintances, rather than friends. I've always told myself that I'm alone, rather than lonely, but I think I'm starting not to believe it. Mustn't ramble on too long in a first post. Wrong Planet is OK but seems to be US-biased. UK support services seem to geared towards children. Do Aspies meet? Are there adult groups? Is it worth seeking a formal diagnosis?