Right to ADHD Treatment: Letter Writing Campaigns

Right to ADHD Treatment Advocacy Campaign

ADHD Right to treatment is a national campaign asking all Canadian Ministries, provincial and federal to invest in ADHD treatment and resources across Canada. As you know ADHD, support, resources, and treatment options are scarce across the country. We hope this campaign will raise awareness to government officials about the desperate need for ADHD resources in Canada. Resources include more physicians able to assess and treat ADHD, more ADHD treatment options for families and individuals affected by ADHD, more general awareness about ADHD, and more support for educators to help support ADHD students in the classroom.

We are asking for 2 minutes of your time to effect change

CADDAC is asking that everyone affected by ADHD (parents/caregivers, individuals, professionals working in the field of ADHD, educators, community workers, colleagues, friends, and allies) to contact their Provincial or Federal member of parliament or both by email requesting they support our “ASK” below

CADDAC has sent an e-mail to all Ministries of Health in each province requesting a meeting to discuss how they can support this ASK.

CADDAC has also met with over 25 Federal elected officials (MP) to discuss the importance of investing in ADHD resources for Canadians

Why is this Campaign Important?

ADHD is a neurodevelopmental condition affecting approximately 1.8 million Canadians. It impairs attention, working memory, processing speed, time management, motivation, emotional and self regulation. These impairments make life more challenging; ADHD affects all aspects of a person’s life, including work, school, relationships, family, and finances.  

The consequences of untreated ADHD are far to great to ignore.  Children with untreated ADHD are at risk for accidental injuries, educational underachievement, and difficulties with socializing. Adolescents are at risk for early onset substance use, delinquency and teenage pregnancy. Many adults fail to reach their full potential with studies showing an increased risk for substance use disorders, accidental injuries, unemployment, gambling, low quality of life, suicide and premature death. However, ADHD is highly treatable, in fact it is the most treatable mental health condition. Treatment should consist of timely assessment and diagnosis, early intervention, and treatment tailored to individual needs. An emphasis should be placed on psychoeducation and skill-based programs to teach individuals coping strategies to help prevent further comorbid disorders such as generalized anxiety disorder, depression and substance use disorder.

Our Ask

What Government can do……

We believe collaboration between governments, educational institutions, professional associations, mental health and addictions organizations, individuals and their families is necessary to support Canadians with ADHD.

We are asking the Federal and Provincial and Territorial Governments across Canada to strike independent expert advisory committees to support this collaboration. The groups would guide specific actions designed to improve the long-term outcomes of individuals with ADHD in the respective Provinces and Territories. Actions should be based on these pillars:

  1. Develop and expand ADHD resources across Canada to help individuals and families impacted by ADHD access treatment.
  2. Invest in training and ongoing support for medical and mental health practitioners to improve access to ADHD assessment and treatment.
  3. Invest in ADHD training for educators to improve academic outcomes for students with ADHD. Implement specific ADHD training into the curriculum in teachers’ college, early childhood education and child and youth worker programs.

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