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Help Now from Autism Bristol

We understand that there can be times where you need help and need it quickly. If you need immediate support, please call emergency services on 999.

Help with children
Help with teenagers

Help Now from Autism Bristol

We understand that there can be times where you need help and need it quickly. If you need immediate support, please call emergency services on 999.

Help with children
Help with teenagers

For families with children:

There are a number of key things to do when you find yourself in a moment of crisis:

  • Recognise that this is a difficult moment and that it is OK to be upset and to cry.
  • Make sure you are as safe as possible and that your child is as safe as possible.
  • Take some time to make yourself a cup of tea or do some deep breathing so that you can begin to calm whilst away from the situation.
  • Think about how long this episode may last and know that it will eventually end.
  • Think about strategies that have worked before.
  • Phone another family member or friend; a “change of face” may change the situation and at least provide you with some support.
  • Contact your health visitor, social worker, GP or paediatrician to report these issues.
  • Look up bristolautismsupport.com. They have a wealth of information and contacts for the local Bristol area that may be of assistance according to your situation.
  • Record what happened before this incident as a trigger and which behaviours are being demonstrated. Having this diary of events will help others unpick the patterns and create strategies for you.

For teenagers:

  • Talk to someone, either a family member who understands or a friend who you trust
  • Call a helpline such as NSPCC Childline on 08001111
  • Avoid using social media that may put you at risk of bullying or “trolls”
  • Avoid bottling up your thoughts and feelings. Try to keep a diary of what’s happening and how you are feeling.

When you are ready, please phone us for support and we will contact you as soon as possible. Please note we are not a response team. If you need that service, please contact police on 999 or the Bristol Response Team on 0117 903 6444.

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