Self help and resources

NHS mental health crisis line.
It can be called by anyone, for anyone, of any age. Unfortunately there isn’t a single number, you have to go to the NHS 111 website and put in your postcode and under/over 18 to get the right one.
   It works in a similar way to the 111 service: your call is triaged, and then someone calls back.
   It was set up at the start of lockdown, to try to prevent those suffering from a mental health crisis having to go to A&E. In Bristol it gets used by NHS paramedics, police, and A&E staff as well as by patients on behalf of themselves and on behalf of others.

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Tania Marshall, Autism Studies PhD. student, has compiled a working list of traits women with Asperger Syndrome have.  Her 18-point profile was created for females who are self-diagnosing or considering formal diagnosis, and to assist mental health professionals in recognizing Asperger Syndrome in adult females.

Women with Autism
Autism is a lifelong condition, often seen as particularly ‘male’. Yet a growing number of women, and those assigned female at birth, are being diagnosed as autistic in their 30s, 40s, 50s – and beyond. Writer and performer Helen Keen is one of them, and she’s found this diagnosis has helped her make sense of many aspects of her life, from growing up with selective mutism, to struggling to fit in as a young adult. In this programme Helen asks why she, like a growing number of others, had to wait till she was well into adulthood before finding her place on the autistic spectrum. She discovers that for many years psychologists believed that autism was rarely seen in women and non-binary people. Now it is accepted that people often display autistic traits in different ways, for example, they may learn to ‘camouflage’ and behave in a neurotypical way – but at what cost? Helen talks to others like her who have had late diagnoses and finds out if knowing they are on the autistic spectrum has given them insight into how they can navigate the pressures on them from contemporary society. She also explores how we can value and celebrate neurodiversity.  Helen also talks to psychologists Professor Francesca Happé , of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience in London, and Dr Steven Stagg of Anglia Ruskin University about their research into autism.  BBC Radio 4 programme:

Francesca Happé on autism (in women)
When Francesca Happé started out as a research psychologist thirty years ago, she thought she could easily find out all there was to know about autism – and perhaps that wouldn’t have been impossible as there were so few papers published on it. Francesca’s studies have increased our knowledge of how people with autism experience the world around them, and their social interactions. She’s looked at their brains using various imaging techniques, studied the families of people with autism to explore their genetics, and raised awareness of how the condition can appear differently in women than in men. Jim al-Khalili talks to Francesca, now Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience in London, about her research career and her current projects, including how people with autism experience mental health issues, such as PTSD.

Depression screening questionnaire
Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder Q and A
A comprehensive guide to low self esteem including resources
Are you Highly Sensitive? Is your child Highly Sensitive? Where does High Sensation Seeking fit into the mix?
Information for keeping your children safe online
Cognitive Function Test: 15 minute test for Dementia  and more about the test below
The  X plan.  A lifeline for when children and young adults get themselves into a difficult situation and want a graceful way out.

Keeping Kids Safe Online: The Ultimate Parent Guide for Protecting Your Child on the Internet

Understanding the Other: Mentalizing with Attachment Theory – Understanding other people’s worldviews without having to agree with them

Aspergers and Autism, a simple online quiz to see if you are affected by these conditions

Autism in Girls , an online article about the Signs of Autism in Girls published by Autism Parenting Magazine

The Ultimate Guide for Protecting Your Child on the Internet

Complex PTSD: Please see below a 20 minute online teaching session about complex PTSD in children and young people (but which also contains useful information for this specific distress in adults too).   This session is aimed at more experienced/specialist users and helps practitioners identify responses to persistent or repeated interpersonal (‘complex’) traumas and current treatment recommendations for complex post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Cognitive behavioural therapy through an interactive website.  You have to sign up to do it, and it is no longer free of charge.  But it comes highly recommended by a client.   It is Australian

Boys and Body Image and the Affect it has on their mental wellbeing.

For those dealing with issues around pornography

The Ultimate Guide for Protecting Your Child on the Internet

The Ten Rules of Anal Sex by Jack Morin Click here to download

Testosterone for Women: 2019 International Society for Sexual Medicine: Guidelines on Testosterone for Women
Experts from nine medical organizations, including the ISSM and the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH) have developed the first Global Position Statement on testosterone therapy in postmenopausal women.   The panel concluded that testosterone may improve sexual desire, arousal, orgasm, and pleasure in postmenopausal women with hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD).    Please click here for more information.

Testosterone for men: The normal levels and why, when the UK tests say ‘normal’ a sex therapist or endocrinologist will disagree

The Online School of Sex for Disabled People

This website has a huge list of resources: for everyday sexism, for rape and sexual assualt, for black and ethnic minorities, for legal issues, for children, for refugees, for sexual information,

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