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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. New Puppy problem's - advice please

    Hi welcome xx..........how old is your son ?.......what breed of dog ?..........have you had a dog before /any previous experience ? ...........ok its gonna help if your pup is socialised and given KC recommeded training classes.If your son is older it would be fab if he could go along to the classes and learn how to help train and teach the pup.Are you using a dog crate for your pup ??............this will help as the pup will benefit from having a quiet chill out place.Don,t force them together your son may not like the pup till it is a well behaved adult dog.The better behaved and trained you pup is the more confident your son will feel around it.Its also ok the split areas up and have puppy free zones and vice versa,its important to lay those ground rules now and stick to them.
  2. Things may have changed (I,m going back 10 yrs now ), but when my son was 8 we requested an emergency review .This is when the statement is reviewed and all active parties must be present for it, the statement is reviewed and can be changed accordingly.When was his statement issued ?Usually a review will take place once a yr .
  3. I would be very concerned like you , the specialist school sound like they are back tracking now on the placement.How has R coped in primary ?..........what level of support did he have ?.........if you can get the right mainstream high school some placements can work really well.Its difficult as all our kids manifest their difficulties differently.My son was at a high school with over 2000 pupils.However he went as part of the AS resource unit there.He was disapplied from some subjects,did his homework at school with help, was excused from assemblies, and registration , had a key worker, support in most classes, which were smaller target classes aswell.He was very settled there.One thing that worries me is how able you think your son will be and become as an adult.I,m glad my son went to his high school, they focused on him gaining independence and being able to work independently and they pushed him to do things out of his comfort zone.He left 2 yrs ago and is a very pleasant young lad , he has his own car , has gone to college successfully (he had some support for his dyslexia there ) and is now working .At some point if our kids are able they go out into the neurotypical world on their own, I guess the decision is , is your son capable of doing that yet within a mainstream school , some schools have amazing support, but it means alot if your son is happy , good luck cmuir its not an easy descion the move to high school we looked at 4 schools in total .best wishes suzex
  4. Does your husband have Asperger's syndrome?

    I don,t feel comfortable about this.I cannot understand why the media likes to harp on about Aspergers and Autism.There is no difference between a couple where one partner has AS,.............. and another couple,............... where both could be considered neuro typical.All relationships are unique and no couple are ever like another.Diana can I ask you are you married to someone who has a dx ?
  5. New Moderators

    Thankyou so much, that is a lovely thing to say , it means alot
  6. Aspergers and empathy

    Hi there Amelia , welcome to the forum.It s true over time those with ASD can develop coping stratergies.My son as a child was hugely effected by noise ........now it no longer bothers him as much.Seeing your gp for a referral is usually the first step to a diagnosis.There are also lots of adult girlies on here who have sort a diagnosis as an adult themselves and I,m sure they will be along soon to give you some advice aswell xx
  7. Needing a 2nd opinion on Asperger's diagnosis

    Hi claire welcome to the forum, have you tried the NAS , they have a list of physchs throughout the country, x
  8. help help help.... i need advice!!!

    I,m a fan of Olga too, I thought I had a pretty good understanding of my son till I read her book xx
  9. Supermarket discrimination?

    have you tied using an i pod with your own stuff on when you shop .
  10. The Story Of My Diagnosis.

    Its nice to learn a little more about you Alex, it can sometimes be a breakdown that leads to a diagnosis, this happened in my sons case at school when pressure stress and anxiety became too much , and school referred him to a physchiatrist.Personally I hope you are no longer self medicating and are now recieving advice from your GP.
  11. Are they traits of Asperger's Syndrome.

    No I don,t believe the behaviour you describe is symptomatic of autism.My experience is that those with a diagnosis of Aspergers tend to prefer to adhere to rules and guidelines.My son has AS and he is a very gentle character, most, in fact all those that I have contact and friendships with who are diagnosed with Aspergers are considerate lovely people.I think if you like using this forum Alex the best thing to do is be a little bit more considerate in your style of posting.You can come across as very derogatory and condescending particulary in your direct references to other users on this forum.Folks on here are very friendly and here to help if you give them the chance .
  12. Am I a trouble maker?

    I think you like to bait people , however there are better ways to conduct a lively debate or discussion.To enjoy upsetting people will not win you any friends on this forum.I suggest you take a look at your behaviour and if you wish to remain here treat others with respect. There are better ways of trying to understand others , and you are not doing it in a methodical and efficient manner at all.
  13. Prison votes. The view of an Aspie.

    Alex I,m not sure the point you are trying to make here .It seems you are deliberately baiting people, I cannot see any reason to aloow this discussion?.........to continue.
  14. Prison votes. The view of an Aspie.

    I though the whole point of prison was the loss of freedom /human rights. .........so is it not a moot point........of course the european court of human rights would disagree.
  15. Visiting Glen at the Hospital

    Oh Jeanne thats great to hear , really glad it was positive xxxx