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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. The A Word tv dama

    Series 3 of the "A Word" starts tomorrow on BBC 1 at 21:00 hours. Link to programme trailer below: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p089szgq Link to programme: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p089gzjx Link to previous episodes: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09flzps/episodes/player
  2. Item on the BBC website, "Coronavirus: The struggle of living in lockdown with autism": https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-52398144 Regarding the lockdown I am trying to make the best of things. How are you coping with the lockdown?
  3. Seen on the BBC news website, "Birthday drive by for boy with autism in isolation": https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-northern-ireland-52159567/birthday-drive-by-for-boy-with-autism-in-isolation
  4. AARG is Autistic Artists Research Group, they have put a YouTube video up titled "Introducing AARG - Autistic Artists Research Group!":
  5. Article about Autism on BBC website, titled 'How I hid my autism to fit in': https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-51475739 Article also mentions a "camouflage checklist" and has a link titled "Quantifying compensatory strategies in adults with and without diagnosed autism" to a paper at: https://molecularautism.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13229-019-0308-y
  6. Interesting article, I saw that on the BBC television News the other day. It's useful going to that link as the video part at the top of that news item is interesting too, link again: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51014028
  7. Article in today's "Guardian" online, called "Is my autism a superpower? " https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/nov/03/is-autism-a-superpower-greta-thunberg-and-others-think-it-can-be
  8. Is Anyone There?

    I don't know whether contacting the more frequent posters on this site would be of use to you. I notice that you come from Wales, I did a search and came up with this link to ASDinfoWales https://www.asdinfowales.co.uk/home/ There may be support groups etc in your part of Wales, as there is in my part of Scotland. https://whereyoustand.org/groups-and-organisations/item/autism-spectrum-connections https://apcymru.org.uk/ I also found information about Autism Cymru https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autism_Cymru
  9. Programme on BBC3 about young woman with Autism getting a makeover: "Misfits Salon Series 1:1 Daisy. Daisy is a teaching assistant and lives in Essex with her mum and their two dogs. Since school she’s never felt like she fitted in – she’s always felt isolated. Daisy is 24 years old and last year was diagnosed with Autism. Now she has a name to explain everything, Daisy feels like she’s ready to start a new chapter. She’s come to Misfits Salon to release the authentic Daisy to the world. ... ". https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p07p7k4l/misfits-salon-series-1-1-daisy
  10. Is Anyone There?

    I tend to look at the forum from time to time and if there is nothing new, click on to some other site. It would be good if there were more posts, I sometimes post a link to articles relating to Autism that I see online, which is probably the best I could do as I am not a good communicator.
  11. A recent news story titled "How women with autism found shelter amid the trees": https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17601562.how-women-with-autism-found-shelter-amid-the-trees/
  12. News story on BBC website, titled 'We were bullied out of our home for being different': https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/stories-48154578
  13. Story in todays "Mailonline": "Teenager sent to a health unit for a six-week autism check-up aged 18 is now caged with killers and rapists in a psychiatric hospital 13 years later": https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-6610761/Teenager-sent-health-caged-killers-rapists.html
  14. New member

    Another Chris Packham story in the press recently. "BBC's Wildlife expert Chris Packham, 57, offers HIMSELF up as a hunt's first human quarry in a bid to stop foxes from 'being torn to pieces'": https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6554989/BBCs-Wildlife-expert-Chris-Packham-offers-quarry-hunt-club.html#