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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. University Application

    Tally That is absolutely brilliant news! Many congratulations. Barefoot
  2. UCAS Application

    I can recommend looking on The Student Room site for good examples of personal statements and the sorts of things people include for particular courses. I think it would be good to mention that your interest began via your cat but show how it has developed since then, i.e don't go on about it too much! There are also some good books on how to write a persoonal statement that you can buy from a well known book selling internet site. I don't think I would mention your brother unless it has affected any exam results or impacted on your studies toward your intended degree. Barefoot
  3. Good news - Uni applications: UPDATE

    Good luck today. Barefoot x
  4. Good news - Uni applications: UPDATE

    I'd been hoping for an update to this thread. Absolutely bl***dy brilliant news! Hope all goes well - keep us posred. Xx
  5. To be or not to be... Asperger's

    To go back to Littleplums's original post, I would dare to answer on my son's behalf and say that I very much believe that, given a choice, he would have preferred not to have been born with Asperger 's but as to taking a 'magic pill ', I'm not so sure. I would hope he would say 'No', as he is a fantastic lad who is very loved by all who know him, but I fear he may well say 'Yes'. Barefoot
  6. Why not suggest it to the daily Mail? Have to say I disagree with you on your views - nothing new there.
  7. Positive News.

    Suze That is wonderful news! Many congratulations to your son ( and allow yourself a big pat on the back too ). Barefoot x
  8. Sad News :(

    Sad news - nice to hear she was looked after so well by staff. Stay strong. Barefoot
  9. The very worst news

    Oh Tally, that is awful news, I am so sorry. Wendy x
  10. A Rough Time after 5 months

    Flappyfish Thanks for that recommendation - looks a very interesting read. Forgetmeknot Hope the book helps you too.
  11. fluctuating symptoms

    BD What is wrong with a reward for good behaviour?
  12. Hmmmmmm...

    I prefer 'innocent until proven guilty'
  13. grief

    I think dealing with death is very hard when you are young as it is not something you expect to have to deal with. It makes you question mortality at a very early stage in your life - just as you are supposed to be having the time of your life. A friend of my daughter's died a couple of years ago and she was devastated - she normally is the type to take things very much in her stride. It took her much longer than I ever anticipated to come to some understanding and acceptance. The doctor offered grief counselling which was very proactive - not just the 'sit and talk it through' type of thing. Perhaps you could speak to your GP to see if there would be any sort of professional help you could call on? Otherwise, I found it best to let my daughter talk about it whenever she felt like it as it is better all out so you know how she is thinking rather than bottling it up and you being left in the dark.
  14. First day back...

    Bid Hope all goes well for your dd and she enjoys her night. Don't know about you but all we got was a rubbish disco in the school hall. Barefoot x
  15. First day back...

    Easy!!!!!! My darling lad is on prom committee - endless traipsing round looking at prospective venues, artwork for invites, shopping for decorations, shopping for smart suit - not easy with 6ft 6inch son, hair bleaching and dying!!!!!!!! Will be so glad when term ends. Also had email from school charging me £42 for week work experience which I arranged and for which he will get no pay, and I will be paying transport, etc. Aaaarrrgh! Kathryn, hope you find new job - hopefully just after Wimbledon ends. barefoot