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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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New Guidelines and Rules

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Rule introduction notice:


In response to a number of recent incidents it has been agreed by the moderating and administration team that new rules be introduced to safeguard the integrity of the forum.


All members are asked to abide by new guidelines regarding single identity posting, as detailed in the amended forum rules found in the header section of all posting areas.

While it is recognised that ?dual identity? posting does not necessarily imply any malicious intent it would be foolish not to recognise that there are potential dangers. It is felt that on a website of this nature, with a family membership, the protection of more vulnerable users must be a prime consideration.

We would ask any members currently posting under dual names to refrain from this activity, and to revert to a single on-forum identity.

We trust that all members will appreciate the reasoning behind this decision, and would reassure you that to date there have been no dual posts discovered that imply any malicious intent. It is felt, however, that as the forum continues to expand the potential for system abuse is a very real consideration, and that prevention is always better than cure.





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Good idea - I hate it when people don't put their recognised name to a comment they've made ... on other sites, I mean, not this one specifically.


Just a suggestion that you should now delete (or at least edit) the pinned "Forum Rules" post on each forum (this is the one on this forum), as they are now out-of-date (missing a rule, and the mention of the 3 new moderators). :)



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