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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. Learning to interact with people

    I sometimes search how to interact or how to start conversation. It helps me sometimes ^_^
  2. Help with a few things

    Why not go out with the family. Have vacation.
  3. I dont have children yet but learned a few things by reading here hehe
  4. Eating problems

    Had the same situation before but i just tried eating vegetables and fruits.
  5. Social Anxiety and confidence

    Try not to overthink Just think positive. Everything will be alright and the right person will be there soon.
  6. Choosing the most suitable job

    Do you have a problem with multi-tasking? try to apply online jobs.
  7. I don't like Facebook...

    wow!! Expensive Talent Fee huh! sounds funny with extras.
  8. It's hard to relate when you don't have it, sorry dear!
  9. How's your son right now? did you consider counseling?
  10. why you should eat dark chocolate!

    I am a lover of dark chocolate and it's a good food for the brain.
  11. Money-saving tips for carers

    Thank you for sharing the link it is helpful!
  12. So sad to hear your story dear, did you try to consult a counseling team. Perhaps that helps.
  13. Distance learning autism course?

    I don't know about this but it's a good thing to know. Thank you
  14. Good luck on your research and I hope you will provide great information to people.
  15. gender identity trans*

    This thread is more sensible and complex. I hope everyone out there understands transgender and never judge them.