A young mum from Long Eaton has created a new charity called ADHD Worldwide to raise the awareness of the disorder.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a group of behavioural symptoms that include inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness.
Kayleigh Ruthven, 27, whose youngest son has recently been diagnosed with ADHD, is hoping to raise the awareness of the condition through social networking site Instagram and now has more than 2,100 followers.
She launched ADHD Worldwide last October (2015) and has received support from celebrities Richard Branson, Katie Price and Ashley Walters.
She shares and writes posts every day of what life is like living with ADHD to those connected to offer inspiration and support if needed.
As well as using Instagram to raise the awareness she started an online fundraising page to raise money for additional services in communities.
“I DIDN’T EXPECT THE AMAZING RESPONSE ”
Kayleigh Ruthven, charity founder
Kayleigh, is a single mother to sons Harry, five, and Niall, three. Seventeen months ago she discovered that her son has ADHD and this fuelled her passion for creating a charity and raising the awareness of the disorder.
She said: ”I was looking for reasons as to why my son was behaving the way he did, from birth he was quite a handful as a baby. He would throw himself back, hit his head on the floor and was really hyper.
“One morning I decided to just go for it and start the charity but I didn’t expect this amazing response.”
Video: Kayleigh Ruthven talks about ADHD Worldwide
A recent survey was carried out amongst child and adolescent psychiatrists and paediatricians in the UK. Here is what the survey found:
- 98% believed undiagnosed ADHD has a serious impact on a child’s academic progress
97% stated that children with undiagnosed ADHD are more likely to drop out of school several years earlier than their peers
85% said they believe that not treating childhood ADHD could lead to adult mental health problems such as depression and even suicide