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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. favourite thing to have on toast?!!

    Ahhhh, with you now. He crucified sang Wherever I lay my hat
  2. favourite thing to have on toast?!!

    Was it Ian Drury and the Blockheads? I love peanut butter on toast - scrambled egg on toast (with brown sauce) - poached egg on toast (with brown sauce) - cheese on toast (with brown sauce) - emmantel cheese slices and milano salami on toast - pate on toast.............oh, and I like brown sauce
  3. LEA have offered special school for sept.

    Great news JsMum. Hope the visit goes well Annie xx
  4. I'm literally speechless

    So sorry I'm late to this but................ Well done Flozza You've worked so hard to get there, but you've done it, blooming fantastic! Annie xx <'>
  5. Goodbye everyone

    <'> Take care Fran <'> Annie xx
  6. hello!

    Hi Balloon Animal, Welcome! Look forward to chatting to you Annie xx
  7. Good vibes tomorrow pleeeese!!!

    Good vibes coming your way Elun <'> Annie xx
  8. Hi

    Hi Diane, Welcome . It wont take long, you'll soon get the hang of things here. Anything you're not sure of, just ask. Annie xx
  9. hello does anyone remember me?

    Hi Niki, Welcome back Annie xx
  10. Hello again!

    Hi Esther, Welcome back! <'> Annie xx
  11. hi

    Hi Ellen-may, Welcome to the forum Annie xx
  12. Hello

    Hi Warren, Welcome to the forum. Glad you've found us. Annie xx
  13. been away for AGES

    Welcome back Loulou <'> Annie xx
  14. How to cook Venison?

    Thanks for reminding me Kathryn . I've got a stash of it hidden because our boys like it. If they know where it is it'll be gone in nano-seconds. Going off to find it now . I know how much you love it BD, shall I send you some? maybe some houmous as well Annie xx
  15. He's out at a party!

    Hope JP had a great night . Annie xx