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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. BBC Chris Packham - Aspergers and me

    He has a short film clip on the BBC website today. "Chris Packham wants better education for children with autism ....... " http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/health-42172182/chris-packham-wants-better-education-for-children-with-autism
  2. Socialising and dating opportunities

    There is some information here: http://community.autism.org.uk/f/miscellaneous-and-chat/4867/dating-sites
  3. Books on ASD suggestions please.

    Jessica Kingsley Publishers have a lot of books on the subject: http://www.jkp.com/uk/autism-and-related-conditions.html
  4. News article

    Could this game with its ability to help people mentally better filter out noise, be of use to Autistic people (perhaps reduce overwhelming due to noise): http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4993574/Brain-training-game-help-people-understand-speech.html Sorry about duplicate posting, shortly after the first attempt there was an error message which lead me to believe that the post hadn't been posted.
  5. "Cutting edge robot could reduce autistic unemployment rate A state of the art robot which teaches people key facial expressions could reduce unemployment statistics for autistic adults in the future. ... ": https://www.hw.ac.uk/about/news/cutting-edge-robot-could-reduce-autistic.htm
  6. "The severed head of eccentric philosopher Jeremy Bentham is to go on display for the first time in decades and scientists are using the opportunity to test his DNA to find out if he was autistic.": http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/10/02/severed-head-eccentric-jeremy-bentham-go-display-scientists/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_tw
  7. Something to consider: " ... FRAUD ACT 2006 The Fraud Act 2006 may apply to the use of false ID (of any type). Section 6(1) makes it an offence for a person to have “...in his possession or under his control any article for use in the course of or in connection with any fraud.” This Act defines three types of fraud, and includes fraud by false representation. A person commits a fraud by false representation if “...he dishonestly makes a false representation and intends, by making the representation, to make a gain for himself...”. Therefore, the use of false ID by a person aged under 18 to obtain alcohol may be an offence under section 6 of this Act. A person found guilty of this offence is liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years or to a fine (or both). ... ". Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/183495/False_ID_guidance.pdf
  8. I saw this on the BBC website today: "Epilepsy drug warnings 'not reaching women', survey shows": "Almost 70% of women surveyed about a powerful epilepsy drug have not received new safety warnings about the dangers of taking it during pregnancy, the BBC has been told exclusively. Sodium valproate, known as Epilim, carries a 10% risk of physical abnormalities in unborn babies. About 20,000 children have been harmed by valproate medicines in the UK since the 1970s. The medicines regulator said the drug had been kept under constant review. Babies exposed to the drug in the womb have a 40% risk of developing autism, low IQ and learning disabilities. ... ". http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41345647
  9. I am struggling a bit with my current job (it has a wide range of tasks some of which I am better at doing than others) and it might come to and end anyway due to budget cuts. I am looking in to the possibility of what to do next if my job disappears. I have looked on the Internet and have found useful articles like this: "Choosing the Right Job for People with Autism or Asperger's Syndrome" https://www.iidc.indiana.edu/?pageId=596 Can anyone tell me if there is a web page which would ask a list of questions, analyse the answers and suggest the best match job that I could do, please? I realise that I might have to do a training course, I couldn't do more than one year.
  10. What's everyone listening to?

    I like to listen to and watch nineteen sixties stuff, such as:
  11. One word association

  12. One word association

  13. Post A Random Quote

    "There is little success where there is little laughter." - Andrew Carnegie
  14. "Severely autistic boy, 4, is on the road to recovery after undergoing WORM THERAPY despite being told he would never lead a normal life ... ": http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4422218/Autistic-boy-4-road-recovery-thanks-WORMS.html "A hot bath 'helps soothe the symptoms of autism and makes children more sociable' ... ": http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2522714/Autism-symptoms-soothed-hot-bath.html
  15. Hello

    I am a 54 year old male based in Central Scotland (North of the Forth). I was diagnosed as being on the autistic spectrum last year. Workwise, I am just managing to hold down a part time job at the moment, am worried about job cuts.
  16. Hello

    A number of things have fallen in to place since I got my diagnosis. I looked for books on the subject of how this related to the workplace and bought this one: http://www.jkp.com/uk/asperger-s-syndrome-workplace-survival-guide.html It was a real eye opener, prior to reading it I thought that being on the autistic spectrum was mainly about being a loner with poor eye contact and difficulties in social environments etc, but the book pointed to other things as well (relating to the world of work). There is an information file associated with the book which can be downloaded from the Internet, which is useful to show employers to explain certain things. It correlated quite well with certain shortcomings that I have at work (and have had in previous jobs). My boss has been understanding about it and said that he had always suspected that I was autistic. My partner said that she suspected that I was something like that as well. So far the diagnosis has been useful and I haven't encountered a downside yet.