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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. Hi everyone, I don't know if you will remember me,but, I used to be on here quite a lot. I left the board a year (or more) ago as I felt things had moved on for me. Things are still good and my son K, - dx at 13 with AS, dyspraxia and other co-morbids, who went through hell through his teenage years in school,( I had to take him out for 6 months at 14 and he left with no exams at 16, we got him onto a course for people with disabilities) - continues to do well. He is now a fine young man,(19 after xmas!). He is in college studying computer science and doing very well. He has friends and a social life both in and out of college. We never thought we would see this day This board was such a help to me then and thinking back over the last few years and realising how far we have come, I just wanted to pop on and say...Thankyou to all who helped me then. I am sure some of you may still be around. To all who are going through a bad time, there is light at the end of the tunnel. May you all have happy times this holiday season and may the new year bring joy and hope to all . Take care, Theresa
  2. Time to Go

    Hi everyone, I found this board in 2004 when my son now 17 was first dx. The board and the many people who were on here back then helped me get through some tough times. Life has moved on a lot and changed for my son and for me. Back then he was a mixed up teen who didn't know what/where to turn to after dx. We battled for support and battled with each other too! He is now a polite, handsome, independant lad who had to opt out of school because of lack of support but who managed to get a course in a college for people with special needs and is doing very well. He hopes to go on to 3rd level and do a degree next year. He has a small group of new friends who share his interests and he sees them now and again, he likes his own company too. I would never have believed 4 years ago that he would come this far. I am so grateful to everyone here who helped us along. I stayed popping in now and again,but, I now feel it is time to move on as life has moved us on, so I have asked for my account to be closed. Thankyou so much to everyone who was there for me in the past and I hope I was there for some people also. Words cannot express how much this place helped me when there was nowhere else to turn . Our story is by no means over,who knows what challenges lay ahead,but my son and I will meet them together now and I will be behind him helping him instead of out in front fighting through. Best of luck to everyone out there, Take care of yourselves. Theresa xx <'>
  3. Goodbye

    Don't be on much here now,but you helped me along back in the day! K is all grown up now too..time has passed so quickly and I have been through so much,you were there with advice when things were bad. Hope you get to read this. Thankyou so much and best of luck. Theresa x
  4. Minor medical emergency!

    Uggggh yuk! why when something says don't do I fell the need to do.
  5. New food craving

    Lucas said...I drink quickly in case the taste and texture changes. My son drinks very quickly and seems to throw the drink into his mouth from the glass rather than through his lips,either that or he uses a straw. He can drink a whole glass in seconds without seeming to pause for breath!
  6. HAPPY BIRTHDAY 100% BEN!!!

    Happy Birthday!!
  7. So Is AS a Disability or Not?

    It always seems to me that people with AS are disabled when it suits the system and not disabled enough when it doesn't...thats always been the case when my son wanted or needed anything so far.
  8. Rude man in the library

    How rude and how childish..I would have been furious with that man!
  9. Work Experience nightmare

    Thats a terrible thing to happen..hope they realise how wrong they were in their dealing with this.
  10. back after long break

    Hi, don't be around much myself these days, glad all is well with you.
  11. words fail me!!

    That is disgraceful!
  12. My daughter spent the day in ICU

    Try not too worry too much...hope you are feeling better about things and your daughter is feeling better too.
  13. i could actually hit him

    <'> <'>
  14. hi

    Sorry you are going,I am just back after a long absence when I felt I had to leave last year...Take care.
  15. the ex turned up!!!!!

    Glad it went well for steve....sometimes I think K likes everyone better than me <'>
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