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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. Hi, I am new to online forums generally, but am hoping for some useful pointers. I am the mother of a 24 year old son with Aspergers. My son is desperate "to find a girlfriend" and it breaks my heart when he raises this subject. I don't know how to help him. I have taken him to many local special needs youth clubs over the years which have been life-enhancing in so many ways but often those attending are less able than my son and thus there is no prospect of linking up with anyone he can go out and about with. He is kind and gentle, able to get himself about locally (SE London) on public transport, has a great sense of humour and is keen to partake in normal social activities with friends, ie cinema, pub, eating out etc. He has a keen interest in rugby (watching, rather than playing!). I cannot believe there are not other people (ladies included) on the spectrum, in a similar situation. Any thoughts/pointers/details of relevant websites would be much appreciated.
  2. -What are the experiences of sexuality and relationships that are unique to all individuals with Aspergers and ASD? -How have these experiences worked to shape and develop your sense of self, sexual orientation, and gender identity? Researchers at Deakin University are looking to learn more about the experiences, concerns and positive factors that males, females, and non-binary genders on the spectrum face as they approach young adulthood, and pursue the romantic and sexual life that best meets their wants and needs. It is hoped that with greater understanding, findings can work to inform parents, partners, and supporters of ASD of the many factors that are important to those with ASD, while enhancing sexuality support services and programs tailored to specifically address the issues and concerns that are expressed by this unique group. If you are aged 12 years or above, and would like to share your thoughts, we would be most grateful if you would take 25-35 minutes of your time to complete this anonymous questionnaire: http://psych.hosted-sites.deakin.edu.au/sbs/ We very much appreciate you taking the time to consider the research, and are more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the research.
  3. I don't know if this is the right place to post this, but what are everyone's thoughts on a stickied thread dedicated to friendships and dating? Other forums I have been a member had similar threads and they did get members together. It might be an easier way for members to find aspies in their local area to meet up with and develop real-life friendships with as opposed to everything being online. So, what do people think of this?
  4. The Game by Neil Strauss

    Hello, I got an Asberger's diagnosis in April 2008 and have been managing it since. I am in my final year at university and am due to graduate. in June. My housemate is a serial player (knows how to 'pull' women in nightclubs) and I had previously not had any success with doing that. He recommended that I get the book called 'The Game' by Neil Strauss. This book is a practical and mission based guide that makes you change yourself to become more confident. At the start I thought 'this can never work' and 'this is just not me' but I applied by Asberger's obsessiveness to it and not I have been successful twice and keep in contact with them. This book, as long as you put it into practice, do not take it too literally, and bear in mind that that there are no rules and only guidelines; is very handy. Also this book enables you to be able to strike up conversation with groups of people you have never met before and who you have nothing in common with, so is also very useful for jobs
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