Bristol Adult ADHD Support Group

17 July 2021 Update: Meetings are still cancelled until further notice 

Covid-19 has forced the cancellation of Bristol Adult ADHD Support Group meetings until further notice. We are very, very sorry we have had to make this decision. We will update this page with the date and times of support group meetings when it is safe to reopen.  

Please note: The Bristol Mind Office, where our future meetings will be held, is still currently closed to the public but their telephone services are open. 

We did talk with colleagues who tried running online support groups, but unfortunately the consensus was the technology of currently available video services is not good enough (as well as being too distracting) for running ADHD support groups.

Again, we are very, very sorry and we will let you know, via this page, as soon as it is safe to reopen the Bristol Adult ADHD Support Group.

ADHD assessments & treatment during the pandemic:

1. The UK Adult ADHD Network (UKAAN) has written some advice for health professionals that will help them support people with ADHD here: Advice to health and social care professionals regarding management of ADHD during the COVID-19 crisis

2. UKAAN states that ADHD assessments can take place online provided the  information collected from people seeking an assessment is consistent with the NICE Guideline for ADHD, NG87 (2018) (see section 1.3, Diagnosis, on page 11 of NG87). This means the average assessment should take about 3 hours.

3. Here is similar guidance from the European ADHD Guidelines Group.

4. The European ADHD Guidelines Group has also written guidance about starting ADHD medications  during the pandemic 

5. Here is a link to the NHS Bristol ADHD Clinic with information about the referral and assessment process.

6. Please see our ‘Advice’ and ’19 questions’ for people seeking private assessments on our ‘clinics/psychiatrists‘ 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. We filed a formal complaint with Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSGCCG) and as a result of this complaint, we are now jointly working with staff from BNSSGCCG and Avon & Wiltshire NHS Mental Health Foundation Trust (AWP) to sort out the waiting list and to build a sustainable NHS ADHD service that can handle both current and future demands.

It is a complex problem, it will take a few months to resolve,  but please be assured, we are working 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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