ADHD Awareness Month
WHAT IS ADHD AWARENESS MONTH?
Every year in October, we work with our members to mark ADHD Awareness Month across Europe as part of a global coalition dedicated to combatting the stigma of ADHD and setting the record straight on what ADHD is.
We work to organise events and run an online campaign around each year’s theme. Last year’s theme was ADHD Myths and Facts, and together with our members from across the European continent, we campaigned to correct some of the common myths around ADHD.
ADHD MYTHS AND FACTS:
KNOW THE DIFFERENCE
Have you ever been told “Oh, ADHD doesn’t exist” or “Children just grow out of it”?
Whilst we know these claims aren’t true, it can be difficult to immediately bring to mind the science that corresponds with reality. We’ve worked with world-leading ADHD experts and the ADHD Awareness Month coalition to bust 10 common myths about the condition, citing the science and respected studies.
Our members also organised their own events on our common theme, and helped us to translate these myths into a number of European languages.
ADHD in adulthood:
Implications in the workplace
Our 2018 campaign on ADHD in adulthood focused on the implications for people with ADHD in the workplace.
People with disabilities should have the equal rights to achieve their full potential, and for this to happen, employers need to improve their awareness of ADHD and put the appropriate mechanisms in place to support their employees. To find out more read our declaration, available below in 8 languages.
SHINE A LIGHT
What’s it like to live with ADHD?
This brilliant mini-documentary shines a light on what it’s like to live with ADHD, from a personal and a scientific perspective. Created by a team of young researchers of the MiND research project and 4QFilms, and including some ADHD Europe members, we are thrilled to share this outstanding film with you.
If you’d like to find out more about the film and its participants, why not read our media release?
ADHD IN WOMEN AND GIRLS
ADHD Europe has published a declaration to highlight the need for a better understanding of how ADHD presents in girls and women so that those who are still left undiagnosed across Europe – and indeed the World – receive the specialist care they need in future.
This Declaration includes key recommendations that are designed to bring about the changes that are badly needed, thus rectifying the situation. Please show your support for this Declaration by adding your signature to it and sharing it as widely as possible.
for young adults
RECENT STUDIES HAVE FOUND A SHORTAGE OF TRANSITIONAL SERVICES FOR YOUNG ADULTS (18+) WITH ADHD ACROSS EUROPE
Our children for whom we advocated 10 years ago (Green Paper, 2006) are now young adults, and the services that we pleaded for throughout the intervening years have on the whole improved for this age group. However, ADHD Europe members now find that there are a lot of difficulties for young adults (18+) when the services that were available for them as children and adolescents are no longer available to them once they reach 17-18 years of age, a critical time in their further development when they are still in education and training.