Bristol Adult ADHD Support Group

Thursday, 18 August 2022: Update

The Bristol Adult ADHD Support Group is still currently closed but we will be re-opening.

Unfortunately, we are no longer able to use the Bristol Mind building for our meetings, so we are actively searching for new premises; premises that are the right size and the right price.

As soon as we have found something and have dates, we will let you know via this page.

Again, we are very, very sorry that the Group had to close for so long, but as soon as we have arranged a meeting place and dates, we will let you know.

In the meantime, here is a piece of news about the Bristol Adult ADHD Service which I’ve copied from our home page:

We wholeheartedly apologise for the long delay in updating this post but we have been working hard for some time now, and good news, we have established a relationship of trust and partnership with the NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Integrated Care Board (BNSSG ICB) formerly known as NHS BNSSG Clinical Commissioning Group, as well as with the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP).

The three partners, representatives of the Bristol Adult ADHD Support Group & AADD-UK, BNSSG ICB, and AWP are working jointly and collaboratively, at pace, on designing and piloting an Adult ADHD Service that will be cost effective (now and in the future), that will effectively and efficiently integrate care.  The service will be high quality, safe and it will give service users a positive experience. All service users will receive integrated care.

All three partners are fully committed to the project, but since it is multi-layered and complex it will take some time to complete.  We have, however, made good progress and where we can, we will be making some improvements along the way.  We are particularly concerned with the waiting list.

Periodic updates about this very important project will be posted on our home page.

Urgent Medical Assistance & Crisis Help

1. If you are in need of urgent medical assistance please call 999 or if it is less serious, please call 111.

2. If you have concerns about your mental wellbeing or physical health, please contact your GP.

3. If you are feeling distressed or suicidal or would like a confidential listening service here are some free helplines:

a. Samaritans 116 123

b. Campaign against living miserably (CALM) for men, open 5pm to midnight 365 days a year, 0800 58 58 58

c. Papyrus for young people under 35, open 9am-10pm weekdays & 2pm-10pm weekends & bankholidays, 0800 068 4141 or 07860039967

d. Bristol Mind has the following helplines: emotional support,  trans+ and non-binary, and an Information and Signposting line.

e. Rethink’s page about suicidal thoughts has ideas you can try to help you through a crisis

Worried about someone else?

1. Samaritans: how to support someone you’re worried about

2. Rethink: suicidal thoughts–how to support someone

Waiting List Information

We are aware there is currently a very long waiting list for adult ADHD assessments. It is a complex problem, it will take some time to resolve, but please be assured, we are working as hard and as fast as we can without compromising safety and quality.

Updates will appear on the AADD-UK homepage.

In the meantime, stay safe and keep well as best as you can. We miss you and we miss meeting new people. And we are very much looking forward to the return of the Bristol Adult ADHD Support Group meetings!

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