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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

Signed up a couple of weeks ago but just now introduced myself lol

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Hello :)


My sister found this site for me so I thought I'd give it a try and see if I can chat to new people and ask for advice about decision's in life.


Due to recent events, I've decided to move out my Dad's place. My sister bless her, says I need to look at and get my foot in as much available options as possible. But to me, its like going to the sweets shelf and end up finding it hard to choose a sweet because there's too much choice. I like to do things in turn as I feel its less chaotic for me. At the present moment, my mate's mum has said that I could stay with her and him, but has suggested to stay for a little while to see whether or not I can move on with my life and focus what I want to do for my future.


But if I eventually learn I can't focus on anything, what would be the advisable yet wise step-by-step guide in getting a place of my own or sharing with someone who preferably has autism or AS?


Much help would be appreciated and I hope to make friends with as many of you as possible :)

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Welcome to the forum. :)


Moving out of your home is a big step in itself, and will take some adjustment, so it might be a good idea to take up your friend's mum's offer in the meantime. That may help to give you a chance of semi independence while you work out what to do next.


K x

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