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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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Hi there, my name's Brian/Byron and I'm a Portsmoutherian living up here in Yorkshire.

 

Long story short, after years of suspecting myself of Social Anxiety, Schizoid, BiPolar and or Schizotypal (deep breath...) I was finally diagnosed with Asperger's earlier this year at Sheffield.

 

I have a part time job and a wonderful girlfriend, and have managed living (with the help of my girlfriend and her father) in my own flat for three years now. I've also got a first class degree in the Arts, which so far hasn't translated into anything further, but avenues are opening up for me as of late that could lead to bigger and brighter things!

 

Hope to be a good member of this community ;)

 

Byron T.

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Karen A   

Hi and Welcome to the Forum.

:)

 

Please let me know what being a good member of this community involves when you find out so that I can try to be less bad. :D

Luke Beardon from Sheffield spoke at a conference that I went to last Thursday.He was excellent. :thumbs::thumbs:

 

Karen.

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Hi and Welcome to the Forum.

:)

 

Please let me know what being a good member of this community involves when you find out so that I can try to be less bad. :D

Luke Beardon from Sheffield spoke at a conference that I went to last Thursday.He was excellent. :thumbs::thumbs:

 

Karen.

 

Thanks Karen, I'll let you know! :D

Which conference was that by the way?

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Karen A   

Thanks Karen, I'll let you know! :D

Which conference was that by the way?

 

Hi.

It was a conference for parents of children with ASD and professionals.It was in East London.We were very fortunate to have some excellent speakers.I do not have AS but have a son [ben] who is 12.He was diagnosed with AS just over a year ago.

 

Karen.

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