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One in four people will develop a mental health problem at some point during their lives.  Mental distress can range from mild depression or anxiety to conditions such as bipolar disorder (manic depression) or schizophrenia where individuals may experience psychosis.

The Institute of Mental Health was launched in 2006 to help transform our understanding and treatment of mental illness.  We are a partnership between Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust and the University of Nottingham and we are one of the leading mental health institutes in the UK, offering leadership and innovation backed by world class expertise.

Developing services for adults with ADHD

On January 15, more than 100 clinicians, managers and service users/ carers attended a one day conference at the Belfry Hotel focusing on the development of services for adults with ADHD. 

The meeting was chaired and organised by Professor Chris Hollis, who leads the IMH Children and Young People’s Section and heads the Adult ADHD Clinic at the Queen's Medical Centre. The meeting began with an opening address from Mike Cooke who highlighted the opportunities for innovative service development despite current pressures on the NHS. Two leading experts in the field of adult ADHD, Professor Philip Asherson and Dr Susan Young, from the Institute of Psychiatry/ Maudsley then provided state of the art updates on the clinical features, diagnosis, associated impairment and treatment of adult ADHD. Susan Young illustrated the role of psychological interventions, including her Young-Brahman CBT programme. The morning session was notable for two inspiring and moving presentations from an adult service user and mother/carer.

The afternoon session was devoted to local service development. Dr Helen Crimlisk (Sheffield) and Dr Arif Muhammad (Leicester) presented their adult ADHD services and agreed on the importance of shaping services to meet local needs. Chris Hollis and Richard Welfare then outlined how CAMHS and LD services were working in partnership to develop a specialist adult ADHD service in Nottinghamshire. The day concluded with a plenary discussion and focus on next steps which included establishing an adult ADHD interest group and training events for clinical teams in adult mental health.