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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. Urgent please

    Hi Bid <'> Haven't posted for a very long time. R was transferred tp adult services last July. I have to say that they have been more helpful and understanding than CAMHS ever were! I hope everything goes well with the transistion process.X
  2. petition

    All done!
  3. update on steven

    I'm really pleased for you and Steve Hev!
  4. I'm literally speechless

    :thumbs: Congratulations!
  5. hi

    <'> >< <'> ><
  6. independent travel

    Hi Hev I would ring up the school and have a chat. Steve's very young for independant travel. Ryan didn't start until the 6th form at the FE college. I don't think the school would agree to it anyway.
  7. it was awful

    <'> <'> <'> >< Does Steve have to come home every weekend Hev? Do you have the option of him coming home every 2 weeks? Sometime it helps them to settle more.
  8. Done it!

    Well done Bid, you've done really well! :thumbs:
  9. i feel like you know what!!!!!!

    <'> I know just how you feel. Keep strong, i've just had this with R, he still gets home sick and he has been in a residential setting for nearly 3 Years, 95% of the time he loves it there. Its especially hard at first but it gets better and i'm so sure you've done the right thing. <'>
  10. steve went back

    :thumbs: That brilliant news Hev, i'm really pleased for all of you.
  11. steven starts school

    That's great news Hev. I really hope he settles in well. Good luck!
  12. school said yes!!!!

    :thumbs: Brilliant news!
  13. ive given up fighting

    <'> >< Sorry to hear about the school Hev. Do you remember when my son went to the specialist AS placement? He had a really rough time and wouldn't settle either. That is when CAMHS refered him to a specialist ASD team. I'll Pm you the address, don't give up, if this school isn't suitable for Steve there will be one that is.
  14. the worst day so far

    Thinking of you. <'> ><