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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. ASD and controlling behaviour

    Hi Joybed I sympathise wth you and what you are going through. It sounds very similar to our household at the the moment. My DS is only 6 but has become so manipulative and argumentative about everything. He's always had violent outbursts and although these have reduced in number since he started on medication he is just getting so big that the ones he does have are becoming very scary. His poor brother and myself get the rough end of the deal and although we really could do with a holiday away I just haven't got the courage to do it just yet. Sorry I have no advice but just wanted you to know I'm thinking of you and hope you manage to have a good holiday.
  2. Weighted blankets

    Hi All I haven't been on here for the last couple of months, things have just been so hectic. I've had a bad few days with C, he had one of his worst meltdowns to date on thursday, and he has become so strong now that it really worried me. (and hurt me ) I've been searching and reading up as usual and came across weighted blankets. Does anyone have any experience of using them, just wondered what the thoughts were. Also what are they weighted down with? Thanks.
  3. Your Life In Six Words!

    Wasn't me, you can't prove it!!!
  4. im in tears now writing this.....

    Hi RQ Haven't been on here for a couple of days and have just seen your thread. Have no advice but wanted to give you one of these <'> and say you sound so like me so I do understand, I hope things are a bit easier today. Allie x
  5. changes

    <'> <'> <'> So sorry to hear it hasn't got any easier yet. Hopefully with DH's help things will be a little better for you. Good luck with the rest of the week. Allie x
  6. changes

    Loads of <'> <'> . C is the same and its definitly started since the xmas hols. I have put a very strict routine of what we are doing and when for this half term but I am dreading it. I hate staying in but am too exhusted to go out as not sure what will happen and am too worried to try. Good luck hope today has gone okay. Allie x
  7. Your Life In Six Words!

    I'm normal, everyone else is abnormal ( as long as I believe that all is well )
  8. Parents beating themselves up!

    Sorry Carol, I wasn't going to get involved with this but I think the whole idea of a forum is that if you post something up, it results in a discussion, thats why forums are so great because you can get so many diffrent peoples perspectives and opinions. I do feel that if you post you have to be open to other people commenting on your post!

  10. natural remedy for adhd

    My Ds started taking Clarocet junior a couple of months ago and I've noticed a huge diffrence in him as has everyone else.
  11. So angry!!!!

    Thanks I like that saying - just so true. At least we can all always come on here and have people who understand
  12. So angry!!!!

    When I fetched my ds1 from school today he told me he didn't ever want to see one of his 'friends' mothers. This little boy - you all know the type- loves winding C up and then thinks it very funny when C reacts, usually by pushing, hitting etc. Now I know C is no angel but he doesn't understand. Anyway this boys mother goes into the class at the end of the day and says to the teacher - a substitute, not regular - and points at C and say's 'I don't want my son near that boy, he pushed him!!!!!!!!!' Needless to say I went straight to the head, she was brilliant and said she will speak to the mother. But I was so angry, I've no problem if she wanted to complain about C but surely its common sense not to do it in front of the children. Sorry just needed to rant!!!!
  13. Help Please...

    Not sure if I'm allowed to name it - Mod's please change if its wrong. Partylite - a candle company - you can go online and find them, used to do loads of tealight holders like the one you are talking about. Hope you find the right one. Allie
  14. When my son was dx, his pead said he was very definitly asd but had so many other traits that she didn't think she would ever be able to fully dx him. She said he was obviously a very complex little boy - I could have told them that years ago!!!!!
  15. Indestructable stress balls/toys

    (it was a squeezy one with a net over it and it sort of squeezed like pustulent spots through the net... it was fab)... but like all of them it burst. I got my Ds the same stress ball, there was goo all over his hands before we got home , just glad he didn't wipe his hands all over the car seat