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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. Autism Service Quality

    Hello everyone, I had some great advice and support from my first post on this forum (which seems like a long time ago). I have been working hard since then and am nearly at a point where the Autism Service Quality website will be launched! The Autism Service Quality website will be a free resource for the autism community, and will work a bit like TripAdvisor and similar sites (but with a twist). There is still some testing to do on the site so please get in touch if you would like to help by giving feedback. Before the website launches I have set up a facebook page that describes what I am trying to achieve from it and generate interest! It will only be successful if people see value in it. Please take a look at the facebook page and read the 'about' link, and 'Like' the page if you like it! I would appreciate as many 'what matters most' comments as possible, to give the page a good head start: https://www.facebook...mservicequality Please share the facebook page link with people that you think might be interested. Thank you, Gary
  2. Autism Service Quality

    Hello everyone, I had some great advice and support from my first post on this forum (which seems like a long time ago). I have been working hard since then and am nearly at a point where the Autism Service Quality website will be launched! The Autism Service Quality website will be a free resource for the autism community, and will work a bit like TripAdvisor and similar sites (but with a twist). There is still some testing to do on the site so please get in touch if you would like to help by giving feedback. Before the website launches I have set up a facebook page that describes what I am trying to achieve from it and generate interest! It will only be successful if people see value in it. Please take a look at the facebook page and read the 'about' link, and 'Like' the page if you like it! I would appreciate as many 'what matters most' comments as possible, to give the page a good head start: https://www.facebook.com/autismservicequality Please share the facebook page link with people that you think might be interested. Thank you, Gary
  3. Hello everyone, For those of you who read my last post, and to those who responded, I can tell you that I'm not too far off launching a new website for the autism community. I'm very excited, but have no clue if anyone else will be... The site will enable users to communicate 'what matters most' to them when using any type of service, whether it be schools, diagnostic services, supported living services, hairdressers, employers etc... you get the picture. The outcome of collecting this information will aim to inform a wide range of service providers what they can do to be more 'autism friendly' (for want of a better expression). The hope is that services will then register on the site and open themselves up to be rated against the autism community's 'what matters most' (quality criteria). A bit like Trip Adviser where users can search for services in their area - but more personalised quality criteria. I want to create a low budget (as it's all I can afford!) video for the homepage that explains the site's purpose and basic functions. I really need help with this so people will be drawn to the site. Here is an outline of my request: What would be a good example for the video storyboard? In other words, what would be a typical service experience that you could provide some 'what matters most' criteria for easily e.g. pubs, and 'what matters most' criteria could be having a quiet area and visual menus for food? Other suggestions for any other type of service would be gratefully received. I'm looking forward to hearing from anyone! Thank you for reading this. Gary
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