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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. Congratulations to you for standing your ground. Hopefully your actions will lead to better treatment of other people on the spectrum.
  2. Some more research involving robots which could be of use to those on the Autistic Spectrum: https://www.spectrumnews.org/opinion/viewpoint/intelligent-robots-prove-boon-autism-therapies/
  3. There is currently a petition to "Stop the detention of people with autism & learning disability’s in ATU’s" on the UK Government and Parliament petitions website. Perhaps some of you would like to sign it, here is a link to it: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/231406
  4. Choosing the most suitable job

    I suppose that I would be in the Table 3, with the possibility of going down to Table 4 if I had to. What I was looking for was a computer programme or web page linked to a database with many more types of jobs. Also, to be more useful, it could take other factors in to account, such as hypersensitivities to things such as noise, light level, smell, touch etc which an autistic person might have. For example, I visited a workplace where I could potentially have had the skills to work, but I found it was a very noisy (overbearingly so) workplace. Someone could have good cooking skills, but might not cope with a hot, noisy, crowded kitchen in a restaurant etc. A job might look good on television, leading people to think about doing it, but there might be facets of the job that might be a problem for autistic people such as dealing with difficult or unreasonable customers which might require high level interpersonal skills.
  5. News article: " Autistic boy 'mocked' by Great Western Railway staff ": https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-45952442 What a terrible thing to do. Has anyone on here had any thing like that happen to them?
  6. What do you think of that "jazz hands" rather than clapping debate after the news that University of Manchester student union has ditched clapping, whooping and cheering in favour of "jazz hands", due to the fact that traditional clapping can cause issues for students with autism, sensory issues or deafness. ? https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-45717841 The article below discusses this matter: https://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/jane-bradley-where-do-you-stand-on-clapping-vs-jazz-hands-debate-1-4810835
  7. "'Nature' being prescribed by GPs in Shetland Nature prescriptions such as picking up driftwood from a beach are being offered by GPs in Shetland in what is believed to be a UK first. NHS Shetland and RSPB Scotland have teamed up for the pioneering initiative. Listening to birdsong and taking a walk are among the other ideas being suggested to patients. It is hoped it could help tackle a range of conditions such as high blood pressure and anxiety. ... ". https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-45758016 Many autistic people suffer from anxiety, do any of you think that greater exposure to 'nature' would be of therapeutic value to autistic people?
  8. The Undateables is back

    It was good that in the latest show (Series 9, Episode 2), Rory (who has Asperger's) was successful.
  9. Books on ASD suggestions please.

    I recently bought and read that book. It gets good ratings: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28000268-autism-equality-in-the-workplace
  10. Challenging Limits

    I suppose it depends on what someone wants to achieve in life. In areas such as employment, life can be very competitive and people are expected to be be very knowledgeable about thir subject, have excellent communication skills, welcome change etc etc. There appears to be little choice but to push oneself to the limits. To help to do this coping strategies are useful.
  11. News story: " Playing peek-a-boo with babies can reveal early evidence of autism " https://careappointments.co.uk/care-news/england/item/44829-playing-peek-a-boo-with-babies-can-reveal-early-evidence-of-autism
  12. Link to BBC news story: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-45006090 Research publication link: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41746-018-0035-3
  13. BBC news story " The watch that can help manage severe autism By measuring stress and anxiety levels, this wearable device could help people communicate. ... " : https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/health-44680214/the-watch-that-can-help-manage-severe-autism
  14. " New guidance making it easier for people with autism or a learning disability to navigate the internet safely and legally has been produced ... " : https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/fife/669435/fife-at-forefront-of-new-internet-guidance-for-people-with-autism-or-learning-disabilities/
  15. " 'Clever genes' may lead to autism, anorexia and bipolar - but protect against Alzheimer's, claim scientists ... ": http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5873515/Clever-genes-lead-autism-anorexia-bipolar.html
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