Claire Haughey MSP, Minister for Mental Health, Scottish Government
This Thursday we are holding a roundtable meeting in the Scottish Parliament (1 – 2.30pm) with new Minister for Mental Health, Claire Haughey, hosted by Daniel Johnson MSP.
We will be asking for improvements to health services for both children and adults with ADHD in Scotland.
Looking forward to welcoming Saskia Eng as one of our speakers – ADHD has not held her back!
The event is invitation only, but there are a handful of spaces left. If anyone would like to come and be in the audience, please send us a message TODAY (4th Sept) and tell us why you would like to be there.
The Scottish ADHD Coalition is working with the Central Scotland Adult ADHD Groups to re-run ADD Impact, a six week course for adults with ADHD which was originally developed in Edinburgh by the Addressing the Balance charity.
With a grant from Shire Pharma, the course is being revised and updated and will be delivered over the next year in at least four locations.
The first of these will be Glasgow, and booking is now open at
Any adult with a confirmed diagnosis of ADHD, or who has been referred to a psychiatrist for assessment, is welcome to register to attend.
Watch this space for details of further venues and dates for subsequent courses.
Are you a young person (preferably male) aged 16 – 25 who has used child and adolescent mental health services? Have you got a point of view to put across?
The Royal College of Psychiatrists of Scotland is holding a young people’s debate at their conference in Edinburgh on the afternoon of 20th September and looking for one more participant. Debating coaching / training will be provided (probably in Glasgow, but with travel expenses provided) and you don’t need to be an experienced debater – just enthusiastic and interested in talking about how CAMHS services work.
If you are interested in taking part, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New data obtained by the BBC shows a concerning rise in antidepressant prescribing for children in Scotland. In this comment we highlight that undiagnosed ADHD and ASD can be one thing which gives rise to mental health problems in young people.
As well as treatment for anxiety and depression, much could be achieved if young people were able to engage more with the Outdoors, the arts, exercise and purpose – and if parents were better supported. All things we plan to work on in the future.
ADHD is recognised by NICE, the World Health Organisation, the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Scottish Government, and indeed improving services for ADHD was the subject of three recent parliamentary debates in Westminster and Holyrood.
Although symptoms must have been present before the age of 12 for a diagnosis, there is inevitably a huge number of adults with it who were not diagnosed in childhood when the condition was less well understood than it is now.
It is thought that around 2.5 – 4% of the adult population would benefit from treatment for ADHD(1), but NHS Scotland data shows that less than 1 in 1000 adults (0.1%) in Scotland were taking medication for ADHD in 2017.
There is undoubtedly a shortfall of adult psychiatrists with the time and expertise to manage demand, but turning people away at the door is not the answer.
We are on the case. Watch this space for updates.
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The Salvesen Mindroom Centre Research Centre team at the University of Edinburgh would like to say thank you to everyone from the Glasgow ADHD groups that volunteered to help us pilot our new study looking at learning in children with ADHD. Now this pilot study has been completed we are starting the official recruitment stage of the project.
This study is looking at the relationship between how children with ADHD remember things and pay attention and how they do in maths and literacy including reading, spelling and writing. There is a suggestion in research that memory and attention may be linked to how children with ADHD learn these subjects. We are looking to improve our understanding of this and to tackle the difficulties many of these children face in their learning.
In this next phase of the project we are looking to recruit around 120 children aged 6-12 years referred to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), focusing on the North CAMHS team in Edinburgh. We also hope to extend this study to other CAMHS teams in the very near future.
We had an exciting day today at Castle Douglas Town Hall, hosted by the Dumfries and Galloway Parents Inclusion Network, meeting up with parents of children with ADHD and staff from Dumfries and Galloway CAMHS – to talk about creating a new support group for families affected by ADHD in Dumfries and Galloway. A closed Facebook group has been created for parents in the area who would like to get involved in the new group, and you can join it at https://www.facebook.com/groups/440657899692661
The Coalition will continue to support the new group as they get going with workshop resources and other information about ADHD.
Today’s debate in the Scottish parliament was opened by Daniel Johnson MSP with an inspiring speech describing the strengths which having ADHD give him as a politician, and his anger at the misinformation about ADHD which still circulates. This was the first debate about ADHD in the Parliament and is a testament to the campaigning of many organisations, including the Scottish ADHD Coalition, over the past year.
We are looking forward to a roundtable with Health Minister Maureen Watt early in the next session.