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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. Home ed/flexi schooling

    It's been a long haul but we do seem to be finally getting there in spite of the b****y RO going on holiday last week right in the middle of it all. The provision was negotiated over the holiday with Com's consultant doing most of the work (she was fantastic ) and the senior RO telling us that 'anything is possible' We had final confirmation that the package is to go ahead just last night
  2. Home ed/flexi schooling

    Com now has a combination of home tuition and 1-1 in a medical needs unit, currently an e-learning package is also being set up. All funded and managed by the LEA PM me if you want to know more Z
  3. I Need Help

    <'> <'> <'> <'> <'> You know where we are take care of yourself Zemanski
  4. I Need Help

    hope everything goes well for you both <'> <'> <'> Zemanski

    I got an email from the Bank of Scotland this morning telling me to follow a link because of a security upgrade. I am not a customer of the Bank of Scotland - very suspicious If you get this email do not follow the link, if you are a customer go to the official website and contact the bank from there instead. Zemanski
  6. A message from Nellie.

    We missed you lots, Nellie really glad you're back Zemanski
  7. Time to move on

  8. takin a break

    take care, Flutter. People need to have their say and sometimes it gets out of hand but it'll calm down soon, you know we're not usually like this here. don't stay away too long Zemanski

    we had to ring social services to get a form, just a basic 'are you registered disabled?' form, and the back had a bit for the GP to fill in. The GP filled it in, free, and Com now has a free bus pass which allows a carer (anyone) to travel free with him too. It also allows him to travel by train for 35p within Yorkshire and as far as Manchester. Com gets middle rate with lower rate for mobility. Z
  10. What have you got in your pocketses

    speaking of DIY My dad and brother both had a thing for carrying nails around in their pockets - must have been pretty uncomfortable and they usually had more holes than pockets My mum was constantly complaining about finding nails in the washing machine, replacing the seal was a regular job! last week I found 3 drawing pins in the washing machine, I can't imagine why anyone would want to put drawing pins in their pockets - ouch! Z
  11. Maths quiz from J

    Jill - good thing he wasn't patronising as he is completely wrong! Pi never repeats itself. Here is a link to the first million places... But if you can't wait, here are the first few: 3.1415926535 8979323846 2643383279 5028841971 6939937510 5820974944 5923078164 0628620899 8628034825 3421170679 8214808651 3282306647 0938446095 5058223172 5359408128 Nemo
  12. Protection sheets for beds

    The pampers ones are very expensive, if you can get the washable ones they are very good (try searching the internet for special needs/disability supplies if your OT/paediatrician/health visitor/ social worker can't help) another thing I spotted recently on the internet is that they do puppy toilet training mats in some of the pet supply stores and they appear to be the same as the disposable pampers sheets but cheaper - just a thought Zemanski
  13. recipes

    doesn't seem to work - it usually does but these links aren't coming up sorry Z
  14. recipes

    Hi Mrs P if you start your links with http:// they should (sorry failed with the oliver one) work http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/database Z
  15. Distraction and lack of focus

    very common in children with ASCs, ADHD, dyspraxia and dyslexia it is thought to be to do with attention deficit and problems with sequencing short term memory some things to remember when giving instructions - 1. make them short and to the point, do not give extra information or embed them in conversation 2. never give more than one instruction at a time (not actually as easy as it sounds - get your socks from the clean laundry pile and put your shoes and socks on may sound straight forward to us because the 2 instructions are connected but it is actually more than some children might be able to cope with; go to the bedroom and get your socks is also 2 instructions and the child will probably only do the first part, get your socks from your bedroom will probably be more effective) 3. ask the child to repeat the instruction back to you - this not only makes sure they have heard and understood the whole instruction but helps train the short term memory 4. repeat the instruction again before the child sets off. hope that helps a bit Zemanski