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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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28 years ago, there was still a formal apartheid, or women mightn't drive cars, vote, etc just 99 years ago because were deemed as less-worth (whoever said they're idiots because the society accepted a harassment and depressions of any of their rights), and before there was even a slavery (people had given as many rights as animals). I'm happy that we've got over and it's not normal to depress the human rights of women, or Africans. Now it's not normal just because each one knows that someone defends the rights and there are still fewer people trying to brainwash the rest, still fewer people see any chance to break it. Meantime, in the society, it's absolutely normal to call aspies and people of other disorders "morons" (harass, humiliate you). We are still living in a society were anyone deemed as disabled can lose rights for information, privacy, or any other rights and be permanently harassed because none minds. It can go worse. Actually, I know a story wherein the public accepts even the non-acceptable arguments as reasonable and says like "a-ha, so then that's ok", without any proofs (just like "someone said"). On the other hand, the weight of your word isn't equal.  I can see the growth in the suicide rate among the young with disorders (because they don't wait for a happy end and perhaps, some of them take too many things personally...) and because of what? I can see many more and see that is the time to take an action... 

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