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Thank you to all who took part in MH Autism's survey at the end of 2018 - we have a new survey available which will be the last step in developing adapted assessment measures.

We are looking for adults aged 18 years and over, to take part in a research study.

Our research has found that there are currently no tools available to assess depression, suicidal thoughts and suicidal behaviours in autistic people. This means that service providers are not able to appropriately assess depression or suicidality in autistic adults, making it difficult for autistic people with these difficulties to access treatment and support.

In partnership with autistic adults, we have adapted two widely used measures of depression, and suicidal thoughts and suicidal behaviours to make the questions more clear and relevant for autistic people. We are now asking both autistic people and non-autistic people from the general population to complete these adapted measures. This will help us learn if our new measures work for autistic and non-autistic people.

Taking part in the study will involve completing a private questionnaire online Ė you do not need to tell us your name or contact details. You will be asked to provide some information about yourself (your diagnosis/es, age, sex, employment, education, interests, coping in social situations and interpersonal needs). Then you will be asked to fill in each question on the original and adapted tools. The survey will take approximately 30 minutes to complete, and you can stop the survey at any time and come back to complete it later if you wish. Further information about the study can be found in the participant information sheet in the link below.

If you would like more information please contact the lead researcher Dr. Sarah Cassidy and her team:
lp-mhautism@nottingham.ac.uk

To access the survey please click on this link:
http://tinyurl.com/y3w2jmy2

Thank you for considering taking part in this research project.

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Survivor Room / Re: Quitting smoking now
« Last post by Skye on July 11, 2019, 07:36:30 AM »
A friend of mine gave up using Paul McKenna. Think she downloaded the book so she could just lie and listen to it. You could listen to it whilst doing your exercises or going for a walk? I donít know. Iím not terribly good with those sorts of things but she really rated it. Youíre doing well Justine, all steps in the right direction.
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Survivor Room / Re: Quitting smoking now
« Last post by justine on July 11, 2019, 07:32:12 AM »
Woke up and had 1 fag. Feeling a bit down.

I've been smoking for 3 months. Its a habit. I might set a goal of quitting for 3 weeks, as that's the time it takes to create a habit. Focus on other things when I'm bored or down. Smoking as a way of harming myself when I'm down isnt good. I can listen to music or draw a picture of how im feeling. Temporary things. Smoking once because I'm down just reinforces the habit.
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Survivor Room / Re: Quitting smoking now
« Last post by justine on July 10, 2019, 09:23:17 PM »
Smoke count about to be 6 today. Staying at a friends. Had 1 when I woke up. 1 after breakfast. I did have boiled sweets instead of chain smoking in the day. 1 before going out. 1 after dinner and 1 now as I'm watching tv and bored.
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Survivor Room / Re: Quitting smoking now
« Last post by justine on July 10, 2019, 12:47:58 AM »
Fag count: 1

Staying at a friends so its gonna be harder not to smoke. Throat still swelling tho so that may help.
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Survivor Room / Re: Quitting smoking now
« Last post by justine on July 09, 2019, 12:35:49 AM »
Fag count: 1

My throat is swollen which puts me off smoking so not smoked again
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Survivor Room / Re: Quitting smoking now
« Last post by Skye on July 08, 2019, 07:14:23 AM »
Good luck ... having one to look forward to after work is a good plan. Disturbed sleep is not a good start to any day  :hug1:
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Survivor Room / Re: Quitting smoking now
« Last post by justine on July 08, 2019, 06:21:52 AM »
Thanks for all the support :)

Woke up this morning and saw the fags on the side (bad move) having low acid coffee which is a mistske compared to costa as it tastes sh**. Feel like I'm trying to come up with reasons to smoke.

I can either get up and do my morning exercise routine or sit here and smoke.
My cat woke me at 4am and I only just got to sleep when my alarm went off. I feel tired. I've got work. I'm torn between being "good" aka exercising and being "bad" aka smoking.

Okay after much internal bargening I've decided to smoke. I've had 2,4,3 the past few days. Need to remember to keep the fags out of site. Feel like I had a bad morning today what with being woken up and feeling tired and having a late start to the day.

Will see how it goes through the day. Wont be taking the pack to work. Being realistic, will try to aim for 2 fags today, one now and one sometime after work.
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Survivor Room / Re: Quitting smoking now
« Last post by Skye on July 07, 2019, 08:15:12 PM »
Well done 👍 you have a great mindset!
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Survivor Room / Re: Quitting smoking now
« Last post by justine on July 07, 2019, 08:06:58 PM »
Thanks Richard, I dont take it as patronising.

Fag count: 3

Just chosen to eat a lolly over smoking. Got a bag of lollies and boiled sweets and ice pops so hopefully that will cut down on the chain smoking.
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