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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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    finding new uses for gaffer tape!!!
  1. Statement help

    i had the lovely lady from PP come over and help me do mine......it said of all the reasons why i felt that el needed extra support in school, and gave examples of things that had happend in the past.
  2. I want some stars...

    am worried about you all as i cant see any starts anywhere!!!!
  3. worms!!!

    have you had the hob nobs with the choccie stuff in the middle? hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm have got avg and ran that and it found some worms and got rid of them.....fingers crossed that they dont return! thanks dude!
  4. Magazine Agony Aunt...

    oh dear......does he carry a brick around?????
  5. 2 years after arguing with M,s consultant

    argh that really takes the mick!!!! but i hope that now that you have finally got it you can use it to kick the LEA's bottom very very hard.....
  6. OK so I decided to make a complaint....

    go girl!!!!
  7. 2 weeks :(

    cant say better than the others chic but well done for going for it!!!
  8. Just a moan!!!

    oo you're so mean!!!! every time el wants something and i say no all i hear is "you're so selfish, you got an i pod"..........i think i will still be hearing that in ten years time......
  9. Aspergers and Me

    good luck!
  10. confused???

    good luck!
  11. new obsession

    i'm so glad el is older now lol! i had to watch it the other week with my nephew (yes, autistic!!!) and it really creeped me out.......
  12. the twins

    aw chic! <'> it sounds like this new doc is much more interested in helping you, i hope that you get the answers you are looking for.
  13. ###### life

    loads of <'> from me too! hang on in there!
  14. steve in hospital

    omg how scary that must have been for you all! am so relieved that he is on the mend, <'> to you all!
  15. We don't need this - more news

    i didn't realise that there was a conection being made to autism! its so sad that this could happen but have to agree with a previous post that you know its going to be in america before you hear that it was, and you also know its going to take up most of the news when there are other bigger things going on in the world.......