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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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The National Autistic Society Scotland works to provide help, services and support people on the spectrum and their families. These include some specialist residential, supported living, outreach and day services for adults, and specialist schools and education outreach services for children. They may also be able to provide an advocacy for education service, social groups for HFA/AS adults as well as a befriending service.


Education advocacy service:




SEN jargon explained:




The Scottish Society for Autism is an independent Scottish registered charity established in 1968. The Society works together with people with ASD, their families, carers and other organisations, agencies, and individuals in Scotland. They may be able to offer school/education services, respite, crisis intervention support, assessment and outreach services.



ISEA provides free independent advice and support and information to parents of children with special educational needs.



AFAISIC Scotland is the Scottish branch of the UK charity representing children and young adults with communication impairments, working for their inclusion in society and supporting their parents and carers.



Barnardo's Scotland aims to provide positive help for disadvantaged children, young people and their families. There are extensive local projects running across the country aimed at providing support.



Offers advice, information and support for those with dyslexia and also aims to raise public awareness of the condition. Lots of good links to other organisations, seems to have a fairly widespread web of local support groups too.



Enable campaigns for improvements in the lives of children and adults with learning difficulties. It also provides an information service.




Children in Scotland is the national agency for voluntary, statutory and professional organisations and individuals working with children and their families in Scotland. Children in Scotland makes connections between research and policy, and practitioners' everyday experiences, to influence policy and to develop best practice in working with and for children and young people.



RESOLVE: ASL is an independent mediation service , set up by Children in Scotland to assist local education authorities to meet the mediation requirements set out in the Education (Additional Support for Learning)(Scotland) Act 2004. This service can be accessed through the CiS website, or in some cases through the ASL Manager of your LEA.



Children in Scotland also runs Enquire, an advice service for parents and carers of children and young people who have additional support needs, and professionals working with them.




Enquire is the Scottish independent advice and information service for additional support for learning (special educational needs). It is managed by Children in Scotland and funded by the Scottish Government.



The Additional Support Needs Tribunals for Scotland hears cases brought by parents and young people concerning provision made for children and young people facing the biggest barriers to learning.



The Education Law Unit is Scotland's expert legal resource in the field of school education, with a particular focus on tackling discrimination, promoting human rights and the rights of disabled pupils and pupils with additional support needs.

The Education Law Unit works in partnership with schools, education authorities, parents' groups and charities across Scotland to make pupils' rights and parents' rights in education a reality.


The Autism Toolbox: an autism resource for schools.









The Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 can be viewed through the website of the Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI), as can the Explanatory Notes that accompany the legislation.

The first, shorter web address above will take you to the home page. The second should let you access the Act directly.




The Scottish Executive has produced a Summary Handout on the Additional Support for Learning Act which can be found at the web address above. A direct link to the handout can be found using the following link.



NAS Guide to resources on education legislation:






For those who home educate in Scotland, the following links might be useful;




A publication from the Scottish Government, "Guidance to parents and local authorities on home education", the purpose of which is to set out the legislative position, provide advice on the roles and responsibilities of local authorities and parents in relation to children who are home educated, and to encourage local authorities and home educating parents to work together to develop trust, mutual respect and a positive relationship that functions in the best educational interests of the child.



The Schoolhouse Home Education Association is a registered Scottish charity that offers an information source for parents/carers and children who are considering/have decided on Home Educating their child.



Education Otherwise is a membership based organisation that provides support and information for families whose children are being educated outside school.


Home Education Advisory Service Scotland


Scotland branch of the HEAS. Provides information, advice and support for home educating families. The website seems to be based in England, but the contact details for the Scottish Branch are as follows...

Home Education Advisory Service (Scotland)

10 Chalston Road, Bridge of Allan, FK9 4DX

Telephone: 01786 831066

Fax: 01786 831066

Email: brenda@heas.org.uk

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Local Authority: Scotland Wide

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