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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. It's good to see you back, Waterboatman. :)

  2. Yay! It's back. The forum wasn't working all day yesterday. :(

  3. How are you, Laddo? Please read my last PM.

    1. Laddo

      Laddo

      I'm ok. Managed to find somewhere to stay at the last minute. Thanks for your concern

    2. Mihaela
    3. UnusualPatronus

      UnusualPatronus

      Nothing bad happened has it?

  4. Feel bad today. I took on far too much, an autism working group in the morning and a service-user meeting this afternoon. It messed up my eating routine and the stress of the long bus journey and being in a town has taken it's toll. I now feel sick and just coulldn't face food or drink. I only ate two sandwiches and 3 Bourbon biscuits since I set off at 9.30 am. :(

    1. Laddo

      Laddo

      Sorry to hear it :( hope you feel better soon. Make sure you take it easy for now

  5. Feeling stressed and depressed today :(

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    2. UnusualPatronus

      UnusualPatronus

      I'm sorry for how your feeling, I hope it passes quick, sorry I can't say anything more, but you cheered me up the other day, thank you you're a lovely person :)

    3. dotmarsdotcom

      dotmarsdotcom

      I can't help you there sorry. if I could I would, but you can decide without me doing it?

    4. Mihaela

      Mihaela

      Thanks everyone :) It was due to a vist from my advocate yesterday morning. I'll make a post about it later.

       

  6. Tired. I've spent half the day looking for a bin bag full of fluffy toys. Still haven't found it, but I've made an awful mess :(

    1. Laddo

      Laddo

      Did you have any luck finding the toys?

    2. Mihaela

      Mihaela

      Yes. Guess where they were... In a drawer under my bed! Not in a bin-bag at all ...a perfect example of my executive dysfunction! LOL

       

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