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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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Mental Health Resources


Crisis Support



24 hour, confidential, emotional support by telephone, email, letter or face to face, for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide.

You do NOT have to be suicidal to call.

You do not have to speak. In fact, 48% of callers do not speak at all.

Phone: 08457 909090

Email: jo@samaritans.org

By post: Chris

PO Box 9090





National out-of-hours telephone helpline offering emotional support and information for people affected by mental health problems.

08456 768 000 (open 6pm-11pm daily)



NHS Direct

24-hour helpline: 0845 4647



Comprehensive and up-to-date health information and self care advice for people in Scotland.

08454 242424


If you are thinking about suicide, please read this first


General mental health information and advocacy


Youg Minds

A national charity committed to improving the mental health of all children and young people under 25, through giving advice, training, campaigning and distributing publications.



Information, support and advocacy for people with severe mental health difficulties and their carers.



The leading mental health charity in England and Wales, working to create a better life for everyone with experience of mental distress.

MIND produce several factsheets about mental health conditions.

MIND Info Line: 0845 766 0163 Monday to Friday, 9.15-5.15



Self Harm


Sirius Project

Information on self-harm and related issues, advice on how to stop self-harming, advocacy, useful organisations, forums and a chat room.




Depression Alliance

Working to relieve and prevent this treatable condition by providing information and support services.




Sort Out Stress is a website for men, offering help and advice on dealing with stress and other mental health conditions.


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder



The leading national charity, independently working for people with OCD.


OCD Action

The largest and longest serving UK national charity for people affected by OCD.

Help and information line: 0845 390 6232, info@ocdaction.org.uk





Britain's largest specialist drug and alcohol treatment charity, offering help and advice to anyone affected by drug and alcohol misuse.




British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

If you are seeking counselling or psychotherapy, it is recommended to choose a professional who is a member of the BACP, and bound by their code of ethics.

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