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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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I'm posting here so that I don't misuse the Meet and Greet section.


It seems that I have upset some people by asking for my account to be reactivated.


I tried very hard in my leaving post to make it clear that I have huge respect for the forum, the admin amd the mods, and that I wasn't leaving because 'things weren't going my way' or to 'seek attention'. I was actually very much in two minds about posting at all, but then I didn't want anyone to think I had been banned, and I did want to express my thanks and support for the forum.


I haven't posted about this on the open forum before because it felt too private, but now I feel as though I have to explain myself. Three months ago my adult son reached breaking point, and I have been struggling with this crisis situation ever since. Maybe I was just 'autismed out' or something, but I wanted to say goodbye as I felt my time here had run its course.


A few days later I read Owl's post about her adult son, and I really wanted to post to offer some kind of support as the difficulties experienced by young adults are very close to home at the moment for me...so Lufty very kindly reactivated my account. I'm doubley glad he did so as since then I've been able to post on Loulou's thread, as she is someone I've known via PMs for quite a few years now.


I hope this clarifies things :(


Bid :(

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