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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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    Norfolk Broads
  • Birthday 07/30/1975

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    Music, Philosophy and Literature are the most important to me.

    Dear forum members, I am starting a new stage of my life characterised by profound development. I am not sure how one introduces oneself to others so my form or manner may not be correct. My avatar is a detail from the Edward Burne-Jones painting 'Love among the Ruins'. It shows the kind of relationship with a woman that I seek most keenly, one characterised by tenderness and mutual caring where the personality of both individuals is recognised and accepted. The idea of continuing to love despite the extreme adversity of ones circumstance appeals to me since my life is also in ruins. I have never had any friends or acquaintances, I live completely alone and am entirely estranged from all members of my family. All of my attempts to make friends have failed completely. I did not succeed in making friends in childhood, nor in adolescence, nor as a young man: my social failure so far in life has been absolute. My internet nom de plume of Magliabechi I have chosen with reference to an historical figure with Aspergers Syndrome with whom I feel a considerable degree of kinship. Antonio De Marco Magliabechi was a minor historical figure who achieved a major impact in the cultural life of seventeenth century Florence as the Medici's librarian. He was a passionate scholar with marked savant skills, acute personal idiosyncrasy and was notorious for his profoundly limited social ability. He represents a perfect example of an individual with Aspergers Syndrome who found a niche in society within which his talents could be fully expressed. His difference was accepted, and he was able to thrive. I am too idiosyncratic to be able to sustain employment and so have to subsist financially on state support. I have always had a profound interest in art and philosophy and great drive. I am however too idiosyncratic to be accepted in any formally recognised structure of education. I have not yet found either acceptance or any place in society. The example of Magliabechi represents a personal ideal for me. Thank you. Magliabechi.