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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
halilind

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halilind   

Hi, im Linda new reader hopefully member. Im mum to James 16, who has aspergers. Hes in mainstream school doing gcses and College in Sept doing Creative Media.

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trekster   

Hello and welcome to the forum :-)

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GRP1919   

Hello Linda,

 

How lovely to hear from you.

 

My name is Gareth, I am thirty years old and was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) at the age of seven.

 

You say your son with AS is sixteen. I can never forget how disadvantaged I was at sixteen and that is one memory I simply never miss. You also say your son is intending to study creative media in September, so I thought you might like to know that I am a huge lover of fiction and creative arts. Examples of the ones I value are The Forsyte Saga (John Galsworthy), The Stranger’s Child (Alan Hollinghurst) and the old television sitcom To The Manor Born (starring Penelope Keith and Peter Bowles).

 

I am currently studying for a degree in Tourism Management. I have long held a great passion for both travel and tourism. I particularly enjoy things like countryside rambling, investigating natural heritage and touring museums. My two favourite UK tourist destinations are Hampshire and Dorset.

 

How is your son getting on at school? I hope his school life has been better than mine was. Does your son have any friends, at all?

 

You can reply to this or send me a private message whenever it may suit you. You can use whatever language you may feel comfortable with.

 

Kind regards,

Gareth.

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BelLocke   

Hello there, Linda, and welcome. :)

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halilind   

Thanks all for being so welcoming, its lovely to know so many people share the same situations especially when you think its only you

Hi Gareth, great to hear from you. James is doing ok at school, taking his gcses, He does have friends at school but keeps school and home seperate so doesnt socialise voluntarily but likes meeting people and travel. His favourite place is Florida. Also reading, F1, music, concerts, cimema xbox and pc, and keeping me on my toes haha!! Anyway take care all, hope to hear from you soon Linda..

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