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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. County are looking to place my son in a mainsteam secondary in Crawley that has an ASD unit attached. I have no experience of these units. Heard lots of good things and lots of horror stories. If anyone lives in the Crawley area, could your pm me?? Many thanks Sxxxx
  2. Got the final statement

    Hello, I am in the same boat as you atm, except I am waiting for statement to be finalised before I move. I have spoken to the authority I will be moving to. They have told me that they will not look at son's placement until my solicitor confirms completion date. When that happens, the authority will take the existing statement and review within 6 weeks. I believe that if I am not happy with the reviewed statement, I can ask to re-assessment. Hope that helps xx
  3. GCSE results.

    WELL DONE!!!!
  4. Statement advice

    Many thanks for your replies. I think that I will be going down the route of applying myself. Its always fight fight fight
  5. Statement advice

    Hi, my son is 10 and has Aspergers and ADHD. He is very capable academically but socially is having lots of problems at school. The school agree that he needs to be statemented but are dragging their heels as they feel the LEA will turn him down because he is so academically able. However, someone told me that the school needs to apply for a Statement based on behaviour. Is this different from a normal statement? I am very concerned because my son will not be able to cope in mainstream secondary without a great deal of support.
  6. Melatonin and bad dreams

    Melatonin is a chemical produced by the brain in humans. It gets our bodies relaxed and ready for sleep. Incidently melatonin is also found in milk - which is why it is a good bedtime drink. I wouldn't call it a drug and it certainly doesn't mess up your brain.
  7. Just a thought, would you son use a mouthwash? There are a few flavours (although mostly mint). That might be better than nothing at all?
  8. TV at bedtime

    my son used to listen to a cd called mozart for babies. He was about your daughters age. It had 2 cds, one bedtime and one playtime. The bedtime music is all of Mozarts calming music. My son used to fall asleep listening to this.
  9. Break from Melatonin

    Hi. We are the only county in the world where melatonin isn't available over the counter, Melatonin is a natural hormone that everyones body produces. It basically gets us ready for sleep. Most children who have ADHD / ASD don't produce enough melatonin, therefore they have lots of problems settling down to bed. Dont worry too much about the warnings. Paracetamol has warnings just like every other medicine. Its fine.... Enjoy your US holiday. We are going on Friday cant wait!!!!
  10. Ball or no ball?

    Never had a dyson but our Henry does the job and has done for years
  11. My son was always hyperactive as a child (according to my family) - I had no idea. I was an only child with little experien.ce of children. My little bundle of joy passed all his milestones. He spoke very early -knew all his colours and letters by 2 years old. To me he was no different from any other child. He joined preschool - they didn't mention any problems (apart from the time at Christmas - he emptied the Christmas post box and put the christmas cards in the nappy bin!!!!) R joined mainstream reception. No problems-except that he would not write. His reading age was that of an 7 year old. He went into Year 1 - his teacher was the SENCO. She called me in within 3weeks. He thought he had dyspraxia and "very poor social skillls" - I had no ideal that R was different from anyone else - until then. In year 2 got a dx of ADHD and HFA and Dxyspraxia. R went on Equasysm - very successfuly - for about a year. Then tried him on Concerta. It was HORRENDOUS. My darling son had tics that you would not believe. Crying his head of because he could not stop shouting his head off!!! Stopped those meds and tried Strattera, and thats where we are now. Strattera is causing so many many problems.My son is not coping at school. Refusing to do work. Lashing out at chairs , computers - your name it, I have spoken to his paed today and I am going to take him off his meds on Monday. I am seeing the clinical pchsc tomorrow. I really dont know what to do, because my son is on the gifted and talented register at school, but if they cant cope with his behaviour? What choice do I have but to send him to a special school???
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