“I have ADHD but ADHD doesn’t have me.”

Sarah Irving, former FORCE Youth in Residence, Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre on August 25, 2014

At the 2014 Balancing Our Minds Youth Summit, youth lined up to take part in a very special corner of Rogers Arena. They were waiting to participate at the “ADHD Corner”, created by the ADHD Youth Planning Team through The F.O.R.C.E. Society for Kids’ Mental Health. The interactive space included a youth welcoming committee, community boards inviting youth with ADHD to share their experiences, an art piece, a slinky give-away, social media channels to generate discussion, an ADHD question box, prizes, a photo booth, and much more!

The creation of the ADHD Corner was informed by members of a Youth Planning Team, comprised of 5 youth leaders with ADHD between the ages of 16 and 25 years old and one youth project coordinator. The Planning Team wanted the ADHD Corner to provide an opportunity for youth with ADHD to communicate, share their tips and strategies, and connect with one another. At the Youth Summit, the Youth Planning Team shared their lived experience and knowledge with other students and provided a space for youth with ADHD to be heard and share their own experiences with doctors, being on medication, and being in school.

The Youth Planning Team did an amazing job of communicating their four key messages with high school students who attended the ‘ADHD Corner’:

  1. I have ADHD but ADHD doesn’t have me.
  2. To every negative characteristic associated with ADHD, there is a positive characteristic. It is important to identify and name these positive attributes and to teach youth with ADHD how to see the positive in themselves.
  3. Youth with ADHD can be successful at school, at work and in the future.
  4. It’s important to raise awareness about ADHD and reduce stigma by providing resources and visual displays.

For more information about the ‘ADHD Corner’ and to read the full report from the F.O.R.C.E. Society for Kid’s Mental Health, click here

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