Monday, 8 October 2018, 7pm - 9pm

Mental Health and the Autistic Spectrum

The United Church, Dorchester – The Cafe (ground floor)
49 / 51 Charles Street, Dorchester DT1 1EE

Getting to the Dorchester venue

7pm Doors open Hosted by Trish Crawford
Refreshments Coffee/Tea/Squash & biscuits available throughout the evening.
Pause for Thought
People with autism do not invariably lack empathy. Autism is not a state of being that has stemmed from being non-empathetic. Plenty of autistic people are highly empathetic….The issue here is that there are a myriad of differing cognitive styles in the global population and a plethora of differing experiences of living. Combined with the fact that empathy itself is not easily defined…, this means it is far too simplistic to declare that people with autism lack empathy

Dr Luke Beardon, Autism and Asperger Syndrome in Adults (2017 Sheldon Press)

7.25pm Notices

We've been awarded a grant! We can spend it on any of our activities. £1000 of it can be used for the Dorchester meeting – do you have any thoughts on how we can best spend it?

Meeting night We've discussed the possibility of moving our meeting night to a Tuesday night.  This isn't currently be possible for Trish to do so would only be possible if someone else is willing to do a lot of the work of arranging and leading the meetings.

Christmas Meal The Bournemouth group have a Christmas meal at the Bath Hotel in Bournemouth. It will probably be on 16th December this year. Dorchester people are welcome to attend, just let Trish know if you're interested.

Can you help keep the meetings going? You support the meetings just by coming along, but if anyone is willing to host or make the tea it would be very much appreciated. Also love to hear from people with organisational skills who can help with group administration.

Any other notices? If you have anything you'd like to bring to the group, you can share it here (if you don’t want to speak, let the host know before the meeting starts and she'll read it out).   

7.30pm Main Event

Mental Health and the autistic spectrum.  
This month we're pleased to welcome back Paul Siebenthal, Peer Development Manager at the Dorset Mental Health Forum. In this talk he'll draw on his professional and personal experience to explore mental health issues and how they affect autistic people. As part of his job, Paul supports the Peer Support Workers at the new crisis service, the Retreat, in Bournemouth which we heard about earlier in the year from Steve Jones.  Paul's visit will also be a good opportunity for further discussion about the changes to mental health services in Dorset.

And Finally ..... Time to network, chat, seek advice or help, bring news to the group etc.
End of meeting Grateful thanks for helping us ready the Café for the following morning :)
First Visit? DAAS West is a small and welcoming group. You can just listen; observe; join in and take part; get up and move about; come and go at your leisure; whichever feels comfortable for you. You are kindly asked to sign the register to comply with fire regulations.
Confidentiality Please respect each other's privacy and don’t discuss outside meetings who else attends or what they say at DAAS events, unless that person has given you permission to do so.
Can I Attend? DAAS and DAAS West meetings are open to those on the spectrum both diagnosed and undiagnosed plus carers, friends and family.