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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. New, freshly diagnosed at 58

    hello all had to put my six peneth worth in i need some one to tell me what the word "support" means the first line of defence at my doctors is good morning how can we help i would like to make a appointment what is the matter with you i need to see the doctor i am sorry he is fully booked for the next 2 weeks oh ! i say well can i have an appointment the week after?? sorry comes the reply we cannot book that far ahead you will have to ring next week ????? i need help now not in 2 weeks !!! in the end i give in
  2. read what you have put in a word "snap"
  3. Aspergers and ADHD/ODD

    hello all why does no ever consider older people like myself who has aspergers syndrome and adhd [i waited over 2 years for the first adhd assessment] now I have been informed I need another assessment to see how servere it is ???? like most sites like this to say its awkward to navigate round is a joke most of the time I just give in as a autistic adult I feel I am off the radar the nas just seem to pat them selfs on the back but do little or nothing for the older generation like myself all my life I have stuggled on my own when I was diagnosed with aspergers 4 years ago at the grand age of 54 !!! I though at last I might get the help I need how wrong was I my family doctors have not got a clue they run there surgery like a money orientated business I cannot get to see a doctor for at least two weeks if I am lucky if I have a episode I have to deal with it on my own as for the nas shame on you us oldies need help to so please sort it rant over !!!!
  4. hello I have a automatic bmw tis a great car less stresful in traffic jams as no clutch n gear changes by the way I find this site very difficult to use or is that just me I have a/s also ocd I am waiting for a diagnosis for adhd been waiting 16 months now but at 57 does anyone really care about autisem in later adult life I don't think so nothing for us in west yorkshire rant over Baz