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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. RIP Lorna Wing 1928-2014

    Very important person and has done so much. Thank you Lorna. Through Nas. We have been to Earlybird and Earlybird plus and now social eyes for teenagers.
  2. Its amazing really how many people no of someone on the spectrum, autism awareness makes people think about it and think of their own experiences
  3. Social Skills

    For the last 4 months my 14 year old son with ASD, has been attending a NAS sponsored course called social eyes.they meet every Wednesday after school to interact and learn social skills like taking turns talking, respecting others points of views and life skills like eating out and going shopping.he is in a group with other teenaged boys on the spectrum, he still looses his temper, that won't stop, but its helping him to cope better in social situations.The shame is, there is no girls in the group, he needs to learn, how to inter act with girls.he also goes to a boys club, run for teenaged boys with autism, to help them inter act, playing games and eating together, he is having to learn to play in teams with others and to follow game rules, its a very good club he is not too bad in company now, but he still needs lonesome time in his room, with computer games.
  4. A question for parents

    My 14 year old loves online roblox and mario games on the wii and he gets shouty as well particularly when he can't beat the machine.He gets quite aggressive, so I make him, turn them off for 2 hours or more to calm down, even though he is abusive and exploding at me, no viloence, just temper tantrum. Then he has to earn it back by showing he can be calm and excepting for what ever result.When his volume goes up I give the alternative of the off button, he knows it can happen, so his volume goes down again.
  5. A lot of parents in our support group,we know are educated, with good jobs, in management or professions such as medicine and teaching.we are very lucky to have the services others don't. I think you will find most of the prison population, are of people who have learning disabilities and on the spectrum, but have not been recognised by education authorities or their parents, and not had the support they needed, before ending up in trouble.
  6. Noisy Neighbours.

    Oh dear. Watched that noisy neighbour on channel 5 tonigh. I am so sorry for your suffering. All I can sugest is you record their noise and time and frequency. And go back to the neighbour and the police,with the evidence ,housing authorities, citzens advise people. etc it is harassement there is laws for race discrimination and harassment, there should be one for people who are different physically and mentally as well.
  7. Would you use a cure for autism?

    I voted no, because it means my son, would not be the person he is.what cure is there, something the Nazis tried I suspect.The best thing for him, is to teach him how to cope with life, and to manage his challenges, that makes life currently difficult for him.
  8. Noisy Neighbours.

    Is it worth giving them a dose of loud noise, when they play their music, put ear muffs on yourself, and everytime they start, you give them back the same, even better.
  9. What needs promotional is autism awareness, for early intervention, with educated professional s being able to spot development behaviour in toddlers, the positvie side to autism, its complexity of different challenges , because, like all humans we are all different.
  10. Families Affected by Autism

    Its a on going learning curve.you learn as they grow and develop, more than that, you learn a lot about yourselves
  11. I think you are very well restrained not to respond. So good on you.My 14 year old is now learning its ok to be angry, but not ok to respond with violence and vandelism to things. Its very hard not to be provoked and takes a lot of discipline. Bullying is awful it has long term effects on the victims.If you can keep cool and maybe get a punch bag to hit, that releases your feelings with out causing any harm yo yourself and others.
  12. Cats or Dogs?

    We have a 9 month old cat, P is very good, though his stroking movements are irratic, and the cat responds with claws, in play, reacting to the quick hand movements. When P is in the mood I get him to feed the cat, to help him have a mutal getting to know you bond.Cat is very good and removes himself, if things are too much for the cat.
  13. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2568819/Killing-man-Its-no-big-deal-As-Attorney-General-deluged-calls-increase-sentence-sneer-mother-thug-punched-Aspergers-sufferer.html Do they really have such a low value on the life of a man with aspergers.?That mother needs to be educated and her son made to feel shame for their callous behaviour.
  14. vitamin supplements Aspergers

    I use iq fish oil.i put it in his juice, he has been on it since he was 4 its suppose to help hand/ eye co ordination and because he has a basic diet I hope the omega 3 and 6 give him the extra nutrients he needs.
  15. new highland one stop shop highlands

    The vue cinema I noticed yesterday is holding autism friendly screenings.