National ADHD Awareness Day: September 19, 2007
In an effort to raise awareness of AD/HD, the U.S. Senate has made a resolution to make September 19, 2007, National AD/HD Awareness Day. This year will mark the fourth such day, the first National AD/HD Awareness Day was in 2004. According to the U.S. Senate resolution: "the lack of public knowledge and understanding of the disorder play a significant role in the overwhelming numbers of undiagnosed and untreated cases of ADHD, and the dissemination of inaccurate, misleading information contributes as an obstacle for diagnosis and treatment."
Further, the resolution recognized ADHD as a major public health concern, encourages all Americans to find out more about ADHD and indicates that "studies by the National Institute of Mental Health and others consistently reveal that through proper comprehensive diagnosis and treatment, the symptoms of ADHD can be substantially decreased and the quality of life can be improved."
What Can You Do to Increase Awareness of ADHD?
Think of 20 people that you know who could benefit from additional information on ADHD. These could be teachers, school administrators and personnel, friends, relatives, or other people coping with ADHD in themselves or their children. Once you have a list of 20 people, send them an email and share this site, along with other reputable informational sites on ADHD. Let them know where to find information that is accurate and reliable.
Send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. Make sure your paper is aware of National ADHD Awareness Day.
Talk to people about your life and how ADHD impacts each day. Let them know of people with ADHD that are successful.
Visit your local library and ask them to create a display for ADHD Awareness Day with books about ADHD prominently displayed.
Send an email to all of your children's teachers with information about ADHD and links to reputable ADHD sites.
To help you get started, I have posted a sample email for your 20 contacts, a sample email for teachers and school personnel and a copy of the Letter to the Editor I have sent to my local newspapers. Please feel free to use portions of these samples for your benefit.
Help raise awareness and get the word out, ADHD is a real disorder and with proper diagnosis and treatment, ADHD symptoms can be reduced.