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ADHD awareness

11 October 2023

October is ADHD awareness month – observed annually, the month encourages people to talk about ADHD, their experiences and challenges, and promotes understanding.

We encourage you to watch one of the webinars we hosted earlier in 2023 where colleagues shared their experiences of living with ADHD – Let's talk about ADHD.

What is ADHD?

ADHD, which stands for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, is a neurodivergent condition that affects both children and adults worldwide.

ADHD is a lifelong condition that is often stereotypically associated with hyperactivity, lack of focus and 'disruptive behaviour'. However, people with ADHD are also creative problem solvers, capable of deep focus on tasks that interest them and bring innovation to their work.


ADHD, in the same way as autism, dyslexia and a number of other neurodivergent conditions, comes under an umbrella of neurodiversity. Neurodiversity is the concept that all humans vary in terms of how we think, process information and communicate with others. Everyone has talents and things they find challenging.

Watch our pre-recorded neurodiversity awareness webinar to learn more about what neurodiversity is, some of the terminology and examples of strengths and challenges associated with being neurodivergent.

Some of our previous sessions also include:

Understanding Autism, Asperger's and ADHD

In your own time, you might explore this short free course developed by the University of Derby.

This online course will encourage you to challenge your own definitions and perceptions of autism and ADHD. You will get an opportunity to examine several key themes around both autism and ADHD in order to obtain skills to help people with these conditions.

We are currently developing some new training for colleagues which will be available to access on Derbyshire Learning Online soon.

Neurodiversity network

Our Neurodiversity Network, part of the Dis-Abilty Inclusion Network, is a safe and welcoming space for neurodivergent colleagues across the organisation.

It has been established and run by our colleagues with a drive and a real commitment to bring people together with shared and different backgrounds and experiences.

If you would like to learn more about the network of join one of the future meetings, please email

Your wellbeing

Although it's not always the case, sometimes people with neurodivergent conditions could be more at risk of experiencing mental health issues. For example, due to the stress of 'masking' - trying to cope with certain challenges that life and work can bring and hiding it.

Learn more about our wellbeing support, including how to access our mental health first aiders.

There are also a range of courses and support groups available through Joined Up Care Derbyshire for colleagues with hidden conditions or disabilities.