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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. Happy, happy........

    Hiya Smiley, <'> glad it's all going good, bit of a change from the last time we caught up. s xxx
  2. the census form

    I am having to strongly resist the urge to write 'mind your own business' all over the form.
  3. 'ello :)

    hiya, get better soon <'> s xxx
  4. Tents

    Tents with a built in ground sheet are best, seperate ground sheets let more damp in; but the tents with built in ground sheets are very good, even in strong winds.
  5. What to do at christmas?

    Justine, I think days like this are possible, if you are prepared. Take a toy for each which will occupy them. Give them best behaviour warnings, and tell them how you want them to behave. You've prewarned your brother, and told him about your misgivings, so I think you've got to feel the fear and do it anyway. So to speak! Have a backup plan if things get too rowdy./claustrophobic. A trip to the park, or a walk to let off steam/wear them out. s xxx
  6. not coping :(

    Justine, Most parents experience similar feelings at first. I know I did. Eventually, you start to realise that autism doesn't have to be a bad thing. He is still your son the same as he was before. I know it feels like you've been hit with a ton of bricks, but it does start to get easier as you adjust. Aim high for your son, with lots of support. You will work out as you go, what he can and can't do. Sometimes it's a case of doing things a few steps behind his peers, but gets there in the end. take care s x

    a link to find out what going on locally http://www.primarytimes.net/home.php and another, http://www.letsgowiththechildren.co.uk/
  8. The Grumpy Old Woman Thread......

    I spotted an ad in the paper for a Mr grumpy t shirt, and thought it would be perfect for my other half for father's day. Guess what...when I get to the store....all sold out Why do companies charge so much for spare parts of things? Just brought a new net and cushion for the trampoline, and was nearly what I paid when I brought it 5 years ago. Money grabbing wotsits.
  9. Husband dropped a bombshell - he's leaving

    Sally, make a trip to the CAB to find out what help you can get- community charge, rent, income support. Encourage your hubby to at least visit his GP to talk things over-he seems to have a few misconnceptions about depression and medications. Talk to the children together, and let him do the explaining. sorry this is happening. But you will get through this, ok? Take care s xxx
  10. The Grumpy Old Woman Thread......

    Trying to find a parking space and the cost of carparks, and signs that are not clear whether you can park there or not.
  11. Where do I start? The thing that really gets my goat at the minute, is the companies that make play stations and hand held consoles......they keep bringing out new models - what's wrong with the one's they're already making.....? People who can't pull their trousers up...or use a belt..... Kids that dump all their school stuff in the hall for you to trip over when there's a perfectly good cupboard...... Men that nick the tv remote.... will pop back later, got to get dd from Brownies.
  12. Kitchen Madness!

    paint over the lines with oil based white undercoat- once dry, repaint with emulsion, may need 1 or 2 coats. advice from my other half who is a painter and decorator s xxx
  13. Volume Control

    My son has a voice like foghorn leghorn at times; I used to say to him that on a scale of 1-10, his voice was a 12, and he needed to turn it down to a 5 or 6.
  14. What book are you reading at the moment?

    Just read Twilight, by Stephanie Meyer, was so good went and got the next 3 in the series, Moonlight, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn, read the lot in 2 days, haven't had such a good read in ages. s xxx
  15. Hello again

    Thankyou Pearl, that would be lovely. s xxx