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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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Sa Skimrande

Who owns this website and what is the purpose ?

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After being told by Mossgrove that this website is paid for by a group of individuals who keep the site advertisement free I wonder what is the purpose of them doing this.

 

Is it a charitable action in that they wish to provide for the UK ASD ?

 

Or is it other ?

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Kris   

The forum was originally created by myself (as the techie) and my friend Elefan. Elefan had a child on the spectrum and was seeking answers to questions.

 

It just went from there. Like many things it was born from a need at the time and grew to serve so many other people through the years. It continues to do so and I guess that is its purpose now :)

 

Lufty took over with the costs, admin and care and maintenance of the forum after I moved onto other interests some years back. I still pop by from time to time and will try and do so a little more in the future to support the moderating team.

 

Kris

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The forum was originally created by myself (as the techie) and my friend Elefan. Elefan had a child on the spectrum and was seeking answers to questions.

 

It just went from there. Like many things it was born from a need at the time and grew to serve so many other people through the years. It continues to do so and I guess that is its purpose now :)

 

Lufty took over with the costs, admin and care and maintenance of the forum after I moved onto other interests some years back. I still pop by from time to time and will try and do so a little more in the future to support the moderating team.

 

Kris

 

Hi Kris,

 

Nice to see a response from the original creator of the forum.

 

Just wondering as you're here though - is there a way to maybe curtain/screen one of the areas of the forum as I don't know if anyone else has these worries but I worry that some members are maybe putting a bit too much info out there that can be accessed by just about anyone. Some times I have a look through to see if there's anything interesting to reply to and I don't log-in and I have long thought how useful a cordoned-off area would be especially where sensitive issues/daily rants about this and that can be discussed amongst members only.

 

Thanks

Mike

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Lyndalou   

Hi Mike

 

We probably don't see it all but there are certain things like what you are talking about - members posting too much personal information and various issues that may be upsetting to other members - which when seen or when our attention is brought to it, can be edited or moved by the moderating team. Members are contacted to let them know the reasons why certain decisions are made.

 

The idea of an over 18's area (private) has been discussed quite a lot recently but as it stands there are no plans for this to be put into effect.

 

I'm not sure if a screened area for members only has ever been discussed but can let the other moderators / hosts know of your suggestion.

 

Please flag up anything you think is of concern Mike in future (and anyone else!) and keep the comments coming.

 

Lynda :)

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