We run three different adult ADHD peer support group meetings each month that provides a safe space for peer support for people in Brighton, Hove, Sussex and beyond.
We have the 'drop-in meeting' on the second Wednesday of the month, that is an informal meeting at the Brighthelm Cafe. Everyone is welcome at this meeting including friends, family and partners. No appointment is necessary and please just turn up anytime between 7pm - 9pm. For more information see the drop-in meeting page. We have the 'group discussion meeting' on the fourth Tuesday of the month 7pm - 9:30pm. At these meetings we have a peer group discussion that is facilitated by a professional facilitator. During each meeting we discuss a set topic that is chosen by the members. This meeting is for people who are diagnosed or who are actively seeking a diagnosis. For this meeting you need to register and please see the meeting page with more information. The 'Family, Friends & Partners' meeting is on the third Wednesday of the month 7pm-9pm at the Brighthelm. No registration is necessary, please just come along at 7pm to join in. For more information please see the Family, Friends & Partners meeting page.
Why go to a support group meeting?
Living with ADHD, (or with someone else living with ADHD), affects every part of life and at times can be isolating. Coming to a support group to share coping strategies and meeting like-minded people who are dealing with the same sort of issues as you is supportive and motivating. Come along to meet new friends, share information, discuss diagnosis, getting access to services and have fun!
What to expect at the meetings?
The groups are a relaxed social get together of around 10 to 20 people from all walks of life. On arrival you will be welcomed by one of the organisers and you can talk as little or as much as you like. We understand it can be daunting to come along to a group for the first time and we want to make you feel as comfortable as possible. If you have any questions or worries please do not hesitate to contact us and we will do our best to help you. All meetings are confidential, no judgements are made and no issue is too delicate. No appointment necessary: please feel free to just turn up.
You will be able to find informal advice from peers on topics including:
- Local service provision
- Signposting to relevant organisations
- What treatment is like
- What medication does
- Life management tricks
As well as ADHD specific information they are a great source of help with regard to issues such as:
- Legal situations
- Benefits and welfare
- Drug & alcohol addictions
- Mental health
Whilst all of this is helpful in a practical sense, attending a support group for the first time gives a sense of solidarity and that feeling of “I’m not on my own”. Having probably grown up being told, “pull your socks up!’ or “just get on with it”, the validation of talking to people who actually understand and relate can be life changing. ADHD adults are an interesting bunch and you’re guaranteed an entertaining and inspiring time!
If you live to far away to attend one of our support group meetings: you may want to look at the page put together by our friends at AADDUK who have kindly collated a list of support groups around the country.
The list can be seen here on the AADDUK website.
You can also view our own resources page.