ADHD Hellas (Greece), ADHD Association (Denmark) and the Federation of Andalusian ADHD Supporting Organisations (FAHYDA) (Spain) selected by an international judging panel for outstanding projects supporting people affected by ADHD.
Zug, Switzerland – Friday 10 October, 2014 – Shire plc (LSE: SHP, NASDAQ: SHPG) today announces the three winners of the 2014 Excellence in ADHD Patient Group Awards to coincide with World Mental Health Day. The Excellence in ADHD Patient Group Awards, developed, funded and organised by Shire, recognise exceptional advocacy campaigns aiming to improve the lives of those living with the disorder.
Following a selection process, the judges awarded an unrestricted grant of €10,000 to ADHD Hellas (Greece), ADHD Association (Denmark) and the Federation of Andalusian ADHD Supporting Organisations (FAHYDA) in recognition of their outstanding work during 2013 to support people affected by Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
The three winning projects were those judged to be examples of best practice that have truly helped support people affected by ADHD:
Brooke Clarke, Global Head of Responsibility and Corporate Brand at Shire, said: “We received a number of exceptional entries, and we were impressed by the projects submitted. The three winners are all examples of creative and innovative activities that have a direct and positive impact on the lives of people affected by ADHD. We’re confident that the awarded grants will help these organisations to continue to provide much-needed support, and perhaps inspire others.”
“Despite progress in recent years, misconceptions about ADHD still exist,” said Juan Ángel Quirós Cantos, President at the Federation of Andalusian ADHD Supporting Organisations (FAHYDA). “At FAHYDA, we work tirelessly to support those living with the disorder in our community, organising family retreats, activities for teens and volunteer training. We are delighted that our therapeutic summer camp programme, which has helped so many young people, has been selected for this Award. On behalf of the Federation, I would like to thank the judges for supporting our work in this area, adding a special mention to our volunteers, without whom all this would not have been possible.”
Camilla Louise Lydiksen, Managing Director at the Danish ADHD Association, said: "We are delighted to have been selected as winners in the inaugural year of the Awards. While the grant is certainly appreciated to support our future work, it is the recognition of the judges that makes us most proud, and the effect of the campaign to schools in Denmark that is the most important.”
The winners were selected by an international judging panel including representatives from patient organisations, mental health advocates and experts in education: Audrey Craven, European Federation of Neurological Associations (EFNA); Rebecca Müller, Global Alliance of Mental Illness Advocacy Networks (GAMIAN) Europe; Sarah Shenow, MQ: Transforming Mental Health; and Brooke Clarke, Shire.
The Excellence in ADHD Patient Group Awards are part of Shire’s patient-centric approach that provides support to ADHD patients and their caregivers.
ADHD is a common neurobehavioural disorder in children and adolescents1,2 and is recognised by the World Health Organization (WHO)3. It is thought to affect just under 5% of children and adolescents in Europe1.
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The Pan-Hellenic Association of individuals with Attention Deficit/Hyperkinetic Disorder (ADHD Hellas) was established in 2009. It is a non-profit organisation comprised of:
The main objective of ADHD Hellas is social, and its activities aim to contribute to the following:
The ADHD Association's purpose is to create understanding and actual improvement for children, youngsters and adults with ADHD in Denmark.
The principal body of the ADHD Association is the Congress, which meets every other year and selects the main board and the chair. In addition, the Association consists of 14 local divisions and an administrational unit. The Association counts about 7,000 members, but represents and works for everyone with ADHD in Denmark.
The activities of the ADHD Association include:
Federation of Andalusian ADHD Supporting Organisations (FAHYDA)
The Federation of Andalusian ADHD Supporting Organisations (FAHYDA) is a non-profit organisation that was established in Seville on 18 February 2006. FAHYDA is dedicated to promoting research, collaborating in the fields of education, social care and science with centres, bodies and professionals dedicated to researching and raising awareness about ADHD.
In this regard, the Federation carries out the following activities:
FAHYDA was established in view of the high number of ADHD support groups that are being set up in Andalusia and the need for them to be able to share their concerns and channel their requests through one voice. Currently the Federation is made up of 15 associations that represent more than 2,000 families of people living with ADHD within the Autonomous Community.
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