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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

Anne Mariner

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  1. I have my P.I.P Assessment Today...

    Thank you. I feel it went okay, but he was very hard to read. He was very blunt and I was nervous the whole time. I felt so out of sorts for an hour or so afterwards. Then I slept for 4 hours. My mum is my appointee as I cannot make eye contact or answer questions. My mum and dad were with me. I had to put ear plugs in halfway through because his typing on his laptop was so loud. I just hope it was enough, we're going to ring in a week or so to see if a decision has been made yet. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Anne.
  2. Hi everyone, I hope you're all okay. I have my P.I.P assessment today, I'm terrified. I managed to get a home assessment but that means somebody coming into my safe place. Has anyone else had a home assessment? They're assessing me on Aspergers, general anxiety disorder, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and panic disorder. I'm really hoping that they see the extent of my mental and physical illnesses. Love to you all, Anne. X
  3. Pets

    Hello! I've grown up with animals, there has never been a time where we haven't had a pet. I've been told many times that my Autism effects the way animals see me, and vise versa. I think that's because I have a very relaxed aura about me. I have a Jack Russell cross Border Collie called Pippy. Four cats, Mitzie-Mae (Silver Tabby), Coopurr (Pedigree Self Black British Shorthair), Jaspurr (Pedigree Self Black British Shorthair) and Harpurr (Pedigree Blue Smoke British Shorthair.) I also have a guinea pig called Roo who is a Chocolate Dutch. Finally, an Anery Corn Snake called Shadow. Quite the variety I know! Anne.
  4. What book are you reading at the moment?

    Hi! I'm reading The Woman Who Walked Into Doors by Roddy Doyle. I'm not that far into it, but so far so good! Anne.
  5. What have you read recently that you liked?

    Hello! Recently I finished a book called Handle With Care by Jodi Picoult. I love her books and interestingly enough, she is an aspie too! The first book I read of hers was called House Rules, it's the story of an almost adult aspie boy. I won't go into that now but, I highly recommend that book! Anyway, Handle With Care is about a 6 year old girl with brittle bone disease. Her mother starts a lawsuit for wrongful birth, which affects her marriage dramatically! Though, the person she's suing is her obstetrician, who is also her best friend. She has an older sister who, ends up going through some pretty serious mental problems. I could go on forever about this book but I won't spoil it for you just incase you do want to give it a read. It is my favourite book now, I've read hundreds of books in my time but that one tops the lot! I cannot recommend it highly enough. Anne.
  6. Hi, I'm Anne.

    Hi everyone! I'm Anne, I'm 17 years old and I have Aspergers, General Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome and depression. I very rarely leave the house anymore so I wanted to maybe make some online friends that understand my conditions. Trying to get people who haven't been through any of it is a nightmare! Anyway, I love helping people and I would love to make some new friends on here. I'm looking forward to getting to know some of you. Anne.