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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. Hello, I am a 4th year Psychology student at Heriot Watt University. I am inviting you to take part in a study I am carrying out which is investigating the experience of university life of students with autism and students who have developed typically, attending UK based universities. The study uses a questionnaire which includes; information about yourself, how you spend your time at university, your application to university, your adjustment to university life, your experience of lectures, the support at your university and how you feel about your course. The student experience questionnaire has 7 sections and you will be asked to complete 3 additional short questionnaires to control for mood and personality characteristics. The study will take approximately 70 minutes to complete. Participants can be of any age and gender and we are looking for English speakers/readers. You also do not need to have a particular type of diagnosis of autism. The only request is that you have attended university for at least one year. If you would like to take part please PM me as my online survey is linked to my email and has to be sent out via my personal email. Thank you Please note: I am only looking to recruit participants with an ASD who are currently attending university. I also have full ethical approval from my university ethics board, they have viewed this advert and have allowed me to advertise on the internet.
  2. Hello, my name is Marc Fabri and I lead the European-funded Autism&Uni project. Autism&Uni aims to increase opportunities for young adults on the autism spectrum to succeed in higher education (HE). Many people on the autism spectrum are capable of success at HE level. However, they are likely to be under-represented, even though autism is not an indicator of intellectual ability. Clearly, the transition from school to a university environment can be a very difficult step for someone with autism. We want to support the students in finding out about the challenges they may encounter when applying to, and then settling into university. We will help them learn the skills they need to negotiate student life and studies successfully. Autism&Uni involves people on the autism spectrum and those who support them, right from the start to ensure they have direct influence on designing solutions that work for them. There are three ways to get involved: For young people on the autism spectrum If you are thinking about going to university or you already have university experience, please help us by completing our student survey at www.autism-uni.org/get-involved. For individuals and organisations providing support If you support someone on the autism spectrum, e.g. as a parent, a teacher, lecturer, disability advisor or other autism professional, we would like to learn how you do that and who you work with. Please visit www.autism-uni.org/get-involved. Tell your story We are particularly interested in collecting personal stories from people who have had higher education experiences. These stories will help us determine how future students can best be informed and supported. If you want to share your story – either with your name or anonymously – please go to www.autism-uni.org/get-involved/stories. __________ Autism&Uni has partners in the UK, Finland, The Netherlands, Poland and Spain. The project has been funded with support from the European Commission and runs from October 2013 to May 2016. Web: www.autism-uni.org. Email: autism-uni@leedsmet.ac.uk. Principal Investigator: Dr Marc Fabri
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