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Are you a little bit OCD?

The Are you a little bit OCD? project will engage the public in conversation about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) through the use of a fun and quirky ‘sofa zone’ which will be set up in public spaces across the East Midlands. The project was made possible through funding from the mental health anti-stigma programme, Time to Change.

One conversation at a time...

Beth

First published in the OCD-UK members magazine Compulsive Reading in April 2015.

To coin a phrase from the Time to Change website, "There are no hard and fast rules for talking about your mental health" says OCD-UK project coordinator, Beth Hemus.

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South West volunteers needed during May

Volunteers needed for awareness raising events to be held in partnership with South West Trains during May 2015.

South West trains recognise the importance of championing mental health and, as such, have asked OCD-UK, along with other mental health charities to attend several events they are running for Mental health Awareness Week (11th – 17th May 2015).

We need volunteer support for these events (click read more for the dates). We will be talking to the general public about OCD, challenging any stigmatic attitudes we experience and offering information, advice and guidance where necessary. We will be gifting freebies to incentivise our conversations and fundraising too, so there are lots of different ways you can get involved. Volunteers must be able to travel and over 16. So if you can attend one, or more of these events please do get in touch!

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Success Story - James

Starting this month, each month we intend to publish a different OCD success story. Today we start with James story, from a fear of stabbing loved ones to fear of throwing himself off bridges, in his own words James explains how therapy helped him overcome his OCD.

My Story
By James Poultney

My troubles with OCD began from when I was around ten years old. I began to experience obsessions and compulsions; I felt that if I did not shut the window twelve times or turn the lights on and off, then something terrible would happen. I couldn't figure out exactly what would happen, but a feeling of dread overcame me if I held off the urge.

I remember vividly at the time members of my family saying “Oh, James is doing his OCD thing again”. Little did we all know that it would develop into a more sinister and over-bearing mental illness. I coped with my anxiety and OCD the best way I could throughout my teens. I had no idea what OCD was and didn't really believe that I had it. I felt alone and thought that I was the only person in the world who had these 'silly quirks'.

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The ‘Are you a little bit OCD?’ Project

Some of our East Midland volunteers

Some of our lovely volunteers pictured taking part in our 'Are you a little bit OCD?' awareness and anti-stigma project in Nottingham earlier this month. The OCD-UK volunteers will also be at tomorrow's Nottingham Carnival and we wish them luck for nice weather and that they enjoy the challenge of talking about OCD and mental health to strangers. It's a challenging but important role, and one all of our volunteers seem to have grown in confidence with throughout the project.

"I am incredibly proud of all of our team of volunteers for having the immense courage to put their experience of OCD and mental health out there in the public domain throughout this project." said our Chief executive, Ashley Fulwood, who went on to say, "Courage is the right word, it really does take courage to be so open to strangers, so I want to thank them and tell them all how proud of them that I am. Additionally I want to thank our project co-ordinator Beth, who really is making this project a reality."

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‘Are you a little bit OCD?’ project in Leicester

Riverside Festival

On Saturday OCD-UK launched our ‘Are you a little bit OCD?’ at Leicester's Riverside Festival. This popular festival offers boat trips, live music, a variety of food stalls from around the world, displays and an exciting choice of activities for all ages, making it a fun packed weekend, and the OCD-UK volunteer team had a fantastic response from festival goers.

Click the 'read more' link to take a look at some of the pics and see some of the fun the team had.

Why did we use the 'Little bit OCD' phrase in our project title?

The flippant use of the term ‘I'm a little bit OCD about X’ that seems to be used in everyday conversation is still something that many people with OCD find upsetting and remains a stigmatising barrier to helping those that suffer with this often misunderstood disorder feel that they can be open and talk freely. Click the link to read more about why we chose this project title.

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Nottingham driving volunteer opportunity

We are seeking a Nottingham based driving volunteer/s to help support our 'Are you a little bit OCD?' project team. This volunteer role is primarily helping to drive our project co-ordinator and materials from central Nottingham to an East Midland locations in a transit size van. The role is open to anybody with a valid driving license who can donate some of their time (on average no more than 4 or 5 days spread across a month) to the charity.

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The “Are You A Little Bit OCD?” Project Volunteering

We are now seeking volunteers for our East Midlands based project

This project will give volunteers with first or second hand experience of OCD the opportunity to engage the general public in discussions on how OCD, and associated mental health problems, can impact on those that suffer with the illness. These discussions will take place at events held in public venues across the East Midlands during the next 15 months.

By sharing knowledge gained through personal experience at these events, our volunteer team will help the general public to increase their understanding about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and other associated mental health problems, challenging negative stigma, and ultimately reduce the effect of OCD on the lives of those that suffer. Our volunteer team will also gather important information about public attitudes towards mental health, which will assist future anti-stigma and education projects to target their efforts more effectively.

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