National supply shortage of medicines for ADHD

Supply shortage of medicines for ADHD.

The department of Health and Social Care has alerted us that there is a national supply disruption of the medication prescribed to help manage your ADHD symptoms.

The supply disruption of these products is caused by a combination of manufacturing issues and an increased global demand.

For more information on the shortage, visit our news page here: ADHD medicine shortage


CYPMHS stands for the Children and Young People's Mental Health Service. Kent CYPMHS provides emotional wellbeing and mental health advice and support for young people and their families across Kent.

Additional support

You can find out more about additional support and the Kent Local Offer on their website.

In addition, please visit the Mental wellbeing information hub.


For residents of Kent and Medway who are not currently a patient with KMPT (sometimes referred to as Kent and Medway secondary care mental health services), call the free 24 hour helpline on 0800 783 9111 if you need urgent mental health support, advice and guidance.

Or call 0800 107 0160 to speak with someone from the Release the Pressure team if you’re feeling stressed. You can also text "Kent" to 85258 for 24 hour mental health crisis support via text from trained volunteers.

Kent & Medway CYPMHS Contact Information

Kent and Medway Children and Young Peoples Mental Health Service (CYPMHS) provide a range of support services, to ensure your referral is directed correctly, please complete this form with as much detail as possible. This includes referrals for Autism and ADHD assessments. Note, we are not asking for additional forms to be uploaded at this time.

Click to complete referral form

You will receive a confirmation email that your referral has been submitted. If you don't get an email within a few minutes, check your junk folder, or call 0800 011 3474 to speak to a member of the team. You will be given the option to download a copy of your referral as you submit for your own records.

  • If you are in a Mental Health Crisis or require out of hours support, please call NHS 111 — Mental health help option.
  • Alternatively, if you are looking for emotional support or just want to talk to someone, you can text “Kent” or “Medway” to 85258 for 24 hour mental health crisis support via text (provided by SHOUT). 
  • If your concerns escalate about your child or young person, please call NHS 111 — Mental health help option. If it is an emergency, immediate danger to life/safety dial 999 or visit Accident and Emergency (A&E).
  • If you are Deaf, you can call the Mental Health Support Line provided by South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust, using Sign Live Video Relay Service (VRS):
    • On a computer, go to and register using Facebook, Google or email.
    • On phone, iPad or tablet download Sign Live’s app for free and register