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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

Warwickshire Employment Support Team (WEST)

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With the recent news that my contract will not be extended beyond mid-March (more information here: http://www.asd-forum.org.uk/forum/index.php?/topic/30575-bbc-project-aspergers-and-employment/?p=353556) I now face the prospect of looking for work again. I was tipped off about an agency that could support me looking for jobs in the Warwickshire area.


Just to clarify, I am not from this area originally (see my intro thread http://www.asd-forum.org.uk/forum/index.php?/topic/26315-hello-from-aeolienne for a partial bio) but I would prefer to stay around for a bit. I know it's important to be geographically flexible, but OTOH it's so bl00dy expensive to move for each job, especially with my track record of long gaps in between.


Anyways, I was given a leaflet about WEST (Warwickshire Employment Support Team) which describes it as "a county-wide service for people with a learning disability or who are on the Autistic Spectrum [sic], who want to work and who meet the criteria for Fair Access to Care Services." It also said, under "Eligibility for a Service", that "Customers must have been assessed by a Social Worker [sic]", although the person who gave me a leaflet said that the mere fact that I had a medical diagnosis of Asperger's would be enough. So I gave WEST a call and spoke to someone who said that they usually deal with referrals from social services but there's some other scheme that would enable me to be referred directly, or something like that. They should get back to me by next week.


I then had a look at WEST's website http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/west, which only mentions learning disability, not the autistic spectrum. How helpful is it likely to be?

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