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Uni and autism

casscubcasscub Posts: 136 The Mix convert
Hi
Im a student in their first year at uni and just wondering how people with autism find it? Like do you find it gets easier with time or does it get harder? Do you have any support mechanisms in place that work for you or help you? 

Any advice would be much appreciated it really would x

Casscub
"Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose" 
Lyndon B.Johnson 

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  • AifeAife Posts: 1,295 Moderator
    Hey Casscub,

    You've taken a really positive step to reach out here for advice and support. How are things going at uni? Are you receiving any support at the moment? 

    I found an article on the Ambitious about Autism website about some people's experiences of uni. They talk a bit about the type of support they got at uni and how it helped them. I hope you find it helpful to read through :) 

  • casscubcasscub Posts: 136 The Mix convert
    edited October 16
    Aife said:
    Hey Casscub,

    You've taken a really positive step to reach out here for advice and support. How are things going at uni? Are you receiving any support at the moment? 

    I found an article on the Ambitious about Autism website about some people's experiences of uni. They talk a bit about the type of support they got at uni and how it helped them. I hope you find it helpful to read through :) 

    :+1:

    Things haven't been great at uni in the last 3 days I've done some really stupid and dangerous things. One of which resulted in security being called to talk me down from harming myself. And then them giv8ng me first aid on Tuesday night as well. It's just not going great that way. Other than that lectures are going really well and things are what I thought they would be.

    Thank you for the articles I will deffinatly have a read of them :)

    Casscub
    "Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose" 
    Lyndon B.Johnson 
  • AifeAife Posts: 1,295 Moderator
    Hey @casscub

    I'm sorry to hear things haven't been great at uni. It sounds like you've been really struggling recently. Would you like to tell us a bit more about what's been going on? 

    There are lots of support options for you if you're struggling, remember you're not alone and there are people around to help you. Have you spoken to your GP about how you've been feeling?

  • casscubcasscub Posts: 136 The Mix convert
    Aife said:
    Hey @casscub

    I'm sorry to hear things haven't been great at uni. It sounds like you've been really struggling recently. Would you like to tell us a bit more about what's been going on? 

    There are lots of support options for you if you're struggling, remember you're not alone and there are people around to help you. Have you spoken to your GP about how you've been feeling?

    Hey Aife

    I've been self harming really badly and to a point where friday it required hospital treatment. I also tried to end my life at uni during the day. The rest of the week i had just been self harming and contenplating if i was worthy to still be here. It was friday when i concluded that i wasnt. Last sunday as well i ended up at the hospital because i wasnt safe at the same time. 

    Im okay now though still self harming but managing a bit better. 

    Im under CMHT but being discharged from there soon. My GP doesnt know because of being under the mental health team but do get regular updates on me.

    Thanks for replying to me makes a change to be heard :) 

    Casscub
    "Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose" 
    Lyndon B.Johnson 
    Aife
  • ShaunieShaunie England 🏠Posts: 2,531 Mega Poster
    Hey Casscub, Sorry. I dont have anything helpful to say but wanted to reply.
    But wish i could help more.
     
    How are you feeling about being dischArged from CMHT?

    Am sorry to hear you was feelig suicidal. Youre definetly worthy of being alive. Just like everyone else. But Glad youre managing bit better now though & hope you still are. And i hope uni gets easier with time for you. 

    There is some comfort in what we know. Even if that is deep in depression. I think i now more understand the quote of -life starts outside of your comfort zone. 
  • casscubcasscub Posts: 136 The Mix convert
    Shaunie said:
    Hey Casscub, Sorry. I dont have anything helpful to say but wanted to reply.
    But wish i could help more.
     
    How are you feeling about being dischArged from CMHT?

    Am sorry to hear you was feelig suicidal. Youre definetly worthy of being alive. Just like everyone else. But Glad youre managing bit better now though & hope you still are. And i hope uni gets easier with time for you. 

    Hey Shaunie,

    Its okay i dont mind how much or how little support you give. 

    Im feeling pretty positive although after today dont know that they will still discharge me now. 

    Its okay I am glad i am alive and am a bit better now although after today not really. 

    I hope it does too.

    Casscub
    "Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose" 
    Lyndon B.Johnson 
    Shaunie
  • Invisible_meInvisible_me Posts: 127 The Mix convert

    Hi @casscub.

    I've read all threads- and can ee your struggle, and can relate. I am a second year student with Autism as well.

    I cam compeltley relate, I experienced a relapse in self harm and suicidal thoughts... I booked an emergency appt with my practice but they gave me another doc, who then emergency booked me in with my usual GP and went through like that... I struggled to stay safe in uni as well and just felt so rubbish,... I used to let out by talking it through with my support staff from sixthform (via email) and my friend... and then from then... anytime I never felt safe I just used to return home at the earliest point sometimes not going in but then I always got/still am getting told for it....

    I think what would be most helpful, is having a 'safe place' to calm down and unwind-that may help you? And if it's ideal, CMHT might be able to help you, talk it through with them and see what they suggest?

    Talk to uni- can they offer anything- I'm sure they know about things after some of the incidents.... I really hope your uni are better than mine- Keep pushing with them!!

    Keep going, day at a time...

    Inmi


  • casscubcasscub Posts: 136 The Mix convert
    Hi @Invisible_me

    I do have a safe place that i can go to at uni when distressed or in a state which is student services. They are really good and know how to help me when im in a state or really distressed. CMHT only want to put me on meds and discharge me when recently its just been crisis after crisis at college resulting in hospital trips.

    Casscub
    "Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose" 
    Lyndon B.Johnson 
  • Invisible_meInvisible_me Posts: 127 The Mix convert
    casscub said:
    Hi @Invisible_me

    I do have a safe place that i can go to at uni when distressed or in a state which is student services. They are really good and know how to help me when im in a state or really distressed. CMHT only want to put me on meds and discharge me when recently its just been crisis after crisis at college resulting in hospital trips.

    Casscub


    Hi @Casscub.

    That's good to hear! Do you find it helpful- I'm guessing yes!.... Do you have appts with them?

    With regards to CMHT unfortunately, that's what some professionals think that medication is all the answer often it's far from it. How do you feel about being discharged? Surely, they should have the sense to see that you are struggling as they should ideally know about your 'crises' and hospital trips and to support you, discharge isn't the answer... Maybe you need to advocate ths.

    Take care,

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