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2017 Christmas Cards

It's that time of the year again when we start thinking about Christmas (we know it's early still, but hey we delayed this post until October!), so it gives us great pleasure to launch our brand new range of Christmas Cards. For 2017 we have five brand new Christmas Card designs. With a range of festive, religious and festive fun cards, we're sure to have exactly what you're looking for. 

Purchasing a pack of OCD-UK cards is a fantastic way to support the charity and also to raise awareness at the same time. Some people even use our Christmas cards as a gentle way to start introducing the discussion about OCD to their family and friends. Whatever your reasons for purchasing our cards, every pack that you buy will help support the work of OCD-UK, so thank you.

Article posted on: Fri, 06/10/2017 - 2:40pm Read more...

The Third Letter

When we launched our new logo last year, we did so to highlight the fact that the D in OCD the D means 'disorder'. For OCD Awareness Week Patrick, the host of the blog morethanmydiagnoses created this great piece about that 'third letter'.

Morethanmydiagnoses is an honest and frank record of mental illness and recovery.

Article posted on: Wed, 11/10/2017 - 4:41pm Read more...

Becca shares her video blog for OCD Awareness Week

Becca

A little while ago @BeccaACairns recorded this video blog about her OCD experiences with sexual obsessional fears. She has experienced various types of OCD since early childhood but that this aspect of OCD has felt the most destructive to her in terms of her identity and more defining life choices like starting a family.

Becca wanted to share this video for OCD Awareness Week, saying “I just wish people spoke about it more but I understand that it's taken me 29 years! We need to talk about it - to dissolve it of its power and end the stigma.”

Click the read more link to view the video blog.

Article posted on: Wed, 11/10/2017 - 3:25pm Read more...

OCD Awareness Week 2017 - Get Involved!

Giving you a voice - OCD Awareness Week

Next week (8-14th Oct 2017) is OCD Awareness Week, and this gives you a platform for your voice to be heard!  As you may have already read on our homepage, here is some of what we are doing each day of OCD Awareness Week.

  • Posting and busting a myth about OCD each day
  • Talking about OCD to different audiences
  • Highlight OCD Awareness Week across our neighbouring businesses and community

This is where you can get involved. If all of our supporters, and everyone with an interest in OCD shared/re-tweeted one, or all of the facts/myths we will publish daily, then our reach to change perceptions and opinions about OCD could be globally significant. If you're feeling comfortable enough, then telling your social media followers about your own experiences of OCD could have an even bigger impact. Talking about our OCD is not easy, but only by sharing our experiences, even when it is uncomfortable and embarrassing to do so, can we start to changes people's opinions and perception about OCD.

Another way you can get involved is ask permission to display a poster in your school, university, office or any other public building during OCD Awareness Week. Below we share details of how you can access these materials:

Remember, we all have the ability to influence change! So what will you do?

7 ideas for 7 days of OCD awareness

Click the read more link for those 7 ideas!

Article posted on: Fri, 06/10/2017 - 2:20pm Read more...

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.

Article posted on: Thu, 05/10/2017 - 2:23pm Read more...

The Range - An update

Earlier this week we highlighted concerns that had been raised by our followers about two products being sold by a national retail outlet, The Range.  The two products, wall art saying (I have OCD, Obsessive Cake Disorder),  were considered inappropriate because they both trivialise the suffering of OCD, and perpetuate the misconceptions about OCD, which of courses adds to the stigma and fear of opening up that many people with OCD already face.

Following communication with the company from OCD-UK and feedback offered to the retailer by our supporters, we are encouraged that The Range have today (Wed 16th Aug) committed to respecting mental health conditions like OCD by the withdrawal of these two products.

Article posted on: Wed, 16/08/2017 - 12:57pm Read more...

The Range - Disappointment in OCD products

Update: Wed 16th Aug - This issue is now resolved. Please review this post for updated comment.

In a week when WHSmith announce they are working to deliver a comprehensive mental health wellbeing strategy that will not only raise awareness of mental health issues and address the stigma surrounding them, another national chain, The Range, have chosen to take the opposite direction. The Range have chosen to sell and profit from products which increase stigma around mental health, with these two ‘I have OCD’ metal wall art plaques.

The Range sparked widespread criticism from our followers last week when it came to light after one of our eagle eyed Twitter followers Prozac&Nooch spotted the inappropriate wall art whilst browsing their local store, many felt the two products trivialised the severity of OCD .

Those suffering with OCD are all too frequently victims of retailers like The Range profiting from the selling of items which mock and misuse the OCD acronym, often leaving people with OCD feeling stigmatised and feeling that these products reinforce the negative perceptions that drive this constant cycle of trivialisation of OCD.

Our own spokesperson, Ashley Fulwood, commented “Every time somebody misuses the OCD acronym for a ‘joke’, a little part of an OCD sufferer dies inside, the stigma that the ‘joke’ creates can be life-limiting, because people suffering with OCD close down and are left feeling they can’t talk to anybody.”

Article posted on: Sun, 13/08/2017 - 7:11pm Read more...

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