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Support groups in the uk

MagazineMarch 2001 (Vol. 11 Issue 12)Support groups in the uk

The oldest support group in Britain is the Hyperactive Children's Support Group (HACSG), founded in 1977, which offers counselling, education and research, and a quarterly journal for members

The oldest support group in Britain is the Hyperactive Children's Support Group (HACSG), founded in 1977, which offers counselling, education and research, and a quarterly journal for members. It supports a nutritional approach and also advocates heavy metal assessment, and rejects the use of MHP. For further free information, send an SAE to: HACSG, 71 Whyke Lane, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 2LD (tel: 01903 725 182 between 10 am and 1 pm weekdays; see also www.hacsg.org).

In Scotland, the Overload Network International, run by Janice Hill (tel: 0131 555 4967; SAE to: 58 North Fort Road, Edinburgh EH6 6HN), and Attention Fife, run by Barbara Naumann (tel: 01592 890 346) advocate a nutritional/detox approach and reject MHP.The ADHD Family Support Group UK (President: Mrs Gillian Mead, 1a High Street, Dilton, Westbury, Wilts BA13 4DL; send SAE), advocates MPH and other drugs, and rejects dietary approaches. Its literature on the subject, written by Dr Peter Cosgrove, is underinformed and biased towards medication (helpline: 01373 826 0450).

A new group, ADHD National Alliance, is headed by Jim Hedgeland of Contact a Family (170 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 7HA; tel: 0207 380 1261) and funded by the DoH. It aims to bring together the different approaches to ADHD and has a list of various other groups from promedication ones to those who use herbs and complementary therapies which offer help and information on ADHD.


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