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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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Sooz68   

Hi, I’m Sue, I live in North Lincolnshire and I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Asperger’s and Dyspraxia at the age of 47, two years ago. I suffer with anxiety and depression as a direct result of the ASD (thank you to the GP who spent a decade describing me as neurotic!) and I’m finding that any help for Asperger’s is hard to find, but once you’re over 18 it’s almost impossible. I’ve tried all the charities, I envy my nephew, he’s an adult who lives in a city with a specialist NHS Asperger’s Centre, I’m assuming they’re thin on the ground. I’m currently waiting for a social services assessment to see if I can get funding to pay a local organisation for help. The crazy thing is our local CMHS discharged me after persuading me to go for an ASD assessment. They don’t deal with autism, so they don’t deal with its effects. A total cop out IMHO. 

I’m 50 soon and I want some control back, my life has fallen apart and I want to put it back together but I need help from people who understand, because I really don’t. Menopause is I think adding to my general feeling of ‘bleurgh’ but I’m not a miserable person. I will admit to being fairly happy without the company of others, but I love my dogs and rabbits, oh and the husband ;) I have become a complete recluse, scared by shops, doctors, dentists, even the hairdresser! It’s not who I was and I need to get things back on some kind of even keel. I’m hoping there are adults on here who have had late diagnoses who I can chat to and we can exchange experiences and hopefully I can make some friends. It’s isolating being the only female Aspie over the age of 20 that I know. 

My hobbies when I could leave the house .. I had a 1200 Bandit motorbike, I loved that bike! I enjoyed walking, photography, and painting from photographs. Now I’m stuck in I’m a bit of a COD WW2 fan, I’m enthusiastic rather than good! I also love to knit and as I’ve mentioned before I love my menagerie. I’m also a lover of music, popular not classical, anything from ‘70s punk to country, and I enjoy crime fiction audiobooks, I find it easier to absorb a book by listening to it than reading it.

Anyway enough of my waffling, lovely to ‘meet’ you all and thanks for adding me x

 

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trekster   

Hi and welcome to the forum. I'm in my late 30s and struggling to get some post diagnostic support because they can't find my diagnosis. Been fighting the local Asd service for over three years now and it's getting ridiculous. 

You tried seeing if theres a peer support group in your area? I down Bristol way so unsure what there is in your area. 

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Sooz68   

Hi, yes there is nothing locally. We have decided to move out of the area, as much as we like our house and the space we have here I need some support, be it from a local group or the NHS. It will mean a substantial reduction in house size and no garden which isn’t ideal with the dogs, but there are areas where the NHS do have services .. Nottingham is one and is as local to my family as we can find. It’s a two hour drive from them but that seems to be the ASD postcode lottery. 

I’ve spent the last 2 years fighting the local CMHS, they’re all we have but they don’t have anyone qualified to deal with autism. It’s no fun having to fight the very people who are supposed to help you.

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