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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. Steven Neary

    And now the original detention has been ruled unlawful. So pleased for them both.
  2. I'd be straight on the phone to ask the EP what school they thought was suitable. They do generally know what they're talking about.
  3. IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ re: medication

    Speech and Language Therapy, sometimes known as SLT.
  4. Fed up of the mind games

    Sounds tough going! Hopefully a referral to CAMHS will come pretty swiftly and you can start to get some answers.
  5. Taxi Problems

    It's worth mentioning to the bus depot/transport coordinator that you're having a bit of difficulty, what do they advise. The other thing is that schools very often offer a bit of additional training to the bus staff.
  6. The 'autistic Rock'

    I built in opportunities for sensory input throughout the day. So a chance to bounce, some rolling up in duvets, a visit to softplay, and the thing he likes best, joint compressions, which make him melt. Best to have a bit of structure round it so that he's aware his needs will be met and he will, over time, be able to wait.
  7. The 'autistic Rock'

    We have a swing seat in the garden (on our third one) which gets used for very gentle rocking early in the morning and when my son comes home from school, even in the snow.
  8. another newbie

    Has she ever had an EEG? Been to the neurologist? Just wondering if epilepsy has been ruled out? Recommend www.fledglings.co.uk for bed-wetting products and www.turn2us.org.uk for information about possible sources of grants to pay for them. Households with an income under £30,000 in receipt of DLA at middle rate for care can apply to the Family Fund.
  9. Met my first DAN-Style parent...

    My favourite snake oil story was told to me by Paul Shattock. He said the original snake oil was part of Chinese herbal medicine and came from Chinese water snakes. In the US it was made from rattle snakes. He swears that analysis of rattle snake oil shows very little of value whilst water snake oil is packed full of Omega 3s. He's a very plausible snake oil salesman, lol. I would do anything to improve my son's life. He is far, far too vulnerable. We still work at things to help, won't ever stop.
  10. There's a new Priory school at Roehampton now (next to The Priory). I went with a friend to visit it before it opened. They were keen to progress students academically.
  11. Baston House? Brand new, but owned by the Hillingdon Manor people. Not what you've specified but worth a look IMHO as I think ASD-friendly independent is as rare as hens' teeth.
  12. I've been busy

    Try again, this should be a collage of pictures.
  13. I've been busy

    Oh dear, defeated by technology. I've removed the link as I've no idea what you were seeing. I'll try again sometime soon.
  14. Residential?

    Was about to suggest a 'college' placement - the up to 25 option already mentioned.
  15. I've been busy

    everything in the photo! it's going to be an adventure playground for disabled children and young people.