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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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Moderators Wanted

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As you may know, this forum is made possible by the generosity of the site owners who pay for all the costs associated with running the site, which is why there are no adverts etc. to be seen anywhere on this forum.

 

To keep the forum running on a day to day basis there are a team of volunteer moderators, of which I am one. All the moderators started as ordinary users of this forum and we help by keeping an eye on what is going on and editing posts etc. when forum rules are broken, and occasionally stepping in when things get out of hand, which is thankfully a very rare occurrence.

 

The current moderating team have been in place for several years now, and through changes in our own lives we are finding that we are not on the forum nearly as much as we used to be, so the time has now come to appoint some new moderators. There are no specific skills or experience required. other than common sense and a willingness to spend time on the forum, so if you feel you may be able to contribute, please get on touch with Lufty or myself, we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

 

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Simon

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oakers   

From what I've seen A-SW you're pretty active around here so I'd give you my vote. I agree with what was being said on the other thread about it being helpful to have people who are experiencing these things themselves moderating, maybe, alongside parents as well. There is the time old saying though that no one truly understands unless they've been through it themselves :)

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From what I've seen A-SW you're pretty active around here so I'd give you my vote. I agree with what was being said on the other thread about it being helpful to have people who are experiencing these things themselves moderating, maybe, alongside parents as well. There is the time old saying though that no one truly understands unless they've been through it themselves :)

 

Amen!

 

And thankyou very much, i really appriciate the positive reasponses. I enjoy talking with you all, and it's very humbling to recive the votes, and encouraging words. :cheers:

Edited by A-S warrior

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JeanneA   

I agree I also think AS would make a very good moderator. I would also like to be considered if possible please?

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I agree I also think AS would make a very good moderator. I would also like to be considered if possible please?

 

Thankyou Jeanne! :) and i agree, i think you would be well suited as a moderator. :cheers:

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Lyndalou   

You've both got my vote :clap:

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oakers   

What a lovely positive thread :)

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JeanneA   

Thank you all for having faith in me and AS it is appreciated. :notworthy:

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trekster   

You all have my vote as well, just got the news that im now a moderator :-)

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You all have my vote as well, just got the news that im now a moderator :-)

 

Congratulations, and for what it's worth thanks for the vote :cheers:

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Edited out exclimation marks for trekster

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Yeup. we can do anything.

 

Do you not think that is wrong ?

 

In that you can switch between authority and participant as you please, can you not see the problem with this ?

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Do you not think that is wrong ?

 

In that you can switch between authority and participant as you please, can you not see the problem with this ?

 

I do agree, if it was someone abusing there power. However, i am your friend, and respect you all, and would never do anything to hurt anyone on here. But rember, that someone has to enforce authority, and rather be someone you know right?

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However I do believe you have already issued an on forum warning to me this very day for something that another called a contravention of the rules, specifically Rule 4, where I totally disagree on both counts. What am I to do, put up and shut up whilst another goes around quoting rules whenever they don't understand something for you wade in and be unfriendly, because that is how it came across, I was effectively prevented from defending myself from what could amount to malicious use of rules.

 

But I do believe you have to separate your authoritarian capacity from your user capacity, or else you will lose trust as what you think comes across as a friendly cop will be seen differently by others.

 

And so other websites have rules for moderators in that if they participating in a thread, they cannot moderate that thread for obvious reasons, perhaps it might be wise if you did the same here to prevent accusations of the abuse of privilege and what could come across as cliquey behaviour ?

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That was just a reminder for everyone. It was a topic on sexual orientation, as contained in rule 4. I was merely reminding everybody, As topics like that can quickly turn personal. The topic itself is fine. No warning at all, i have no issues with you.

 

Feel free to message me though if you want to talk about this, i'd rather do that, then fill a topic up.

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oakers   

If it was decided that moderators couldn't moderate on threads they were involved in it'd go back to having moderators that just 'existed'!!

 

How would anyone be able to be involved in the forum or discussions if they can't be involved in what they moderate?! I don't get that logic. We'd end up with moderators who no one knew anything about :/

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raydon   

Would this be a good time to revisit the question of an Adult only section?

 

P.S. Shouldn't this thread be in the forum matters section, I had completely missed it

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Suze   

This thread has been moved back into general discuss.Please keep any continuing discussion within forum rules.Thanks .

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caci   

I belong to another forum, where, if a topic is becoming heated, and a moderator has been posting, a different moderator is asked to step in and moderate.

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trekster   

Caci i like that idea, unless the moderator currently involved is already attempting moderation on that subject.

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I belong to another forum, where, if a topic is becoming heated, and a moderator has been posting, a different moderator is asked to step in and moderate.

 

And that was what I was saying a few days ago, because you have to agree the potential for abuse is immense and it is something other fora had decided because it was being abused, because at the end of the day people are only human and humans will disagree and get caught up in trying to force their opinion- it's a human thing, but for someone to suddenly switch from a participant into authority when they realise a thread has degenerated comes across loud and clear as an attempt to get the upper hand in a debate and is seen as an abuse of privilege and it causes no end of problems on forums.

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