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Awareness Week

Kim and her facing anxiety skydive

First published in the OCD-UK members magazine Compulsive Reading in April 2016.

By a strange quirk of fate, this weekend Kim Grant is jumping out of a plane to fundraise for OCD-UK, the perfect start to OCD Awareness Week! Kim shared with ourselves and her fundraising page exactly why she is getting involved.

For 6 years I suffered in silence and tried my very best to battle against ‘Pure O’, a living nightmare.

Article posted on: Fri, 07/10/2016 - 5:14pm Read more...

OCD Awareness Week 2016

Giving you a voice - OCD Awareness Week

As recent comments across mainstream media have shown, far too many people still think OCD means being neat, tidy, clean and organised. We need to say to them, 'think again!'. We need to tell them that Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a seriously debilitating condition, which leads to sufferers frequently having unwanted debilitating intrusive thoughts, rendering day-to-day life a living nightmare. That's OCD!

This is exactly why OCD-UK is once again promoting OCD Awareness Week, from 9-15th October, to give people a platform to ensure their voice is heard.

OCD Awareness Week is a global effort to raise awareness and understanding about OCD, with the goal of educating people and working towards removing the misunderstanding and stigma often caused by the misrepresentation of OCD. Launched in 2009 by the International OCD Foundation (a US based charity), OCD Awareness Week is now promoted by a number of organisations across the world, and OCD-UK are delighted to be taking the lead here in the UK. This year we are also thrilled to have the support of a new global mental health charity, The Shaw Mind Foundation who have partnered with us for OCD Awareness Week.

Article posted on: Sun, 02/10/2016 - 12:16pm Read more...

2016 Diary Dates

Over the last couple of weeks we have had a few emails enquiring about some of our event days for 2016, so grab your diary and jot down these dates:

OCD Awareness Week - like always will take place during the second full week of October, so this year will be 9th-15th October 2016.
Annual OCD Conference - we are still finalising our plans, however will again take place on a Saturday in late October or early November, details to be confirmed soon.

And for those who want to get active by participating in a fundraising event, we have guaranteed places available for the following events, where we are also seeking volunteers to come along and cheer on our fantastic fund-raisers:

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OCD – The Monster Under The Bed - Blog by Abby Williams

Abby

Blog written for and first published on BAM Magazine for OCD Awareness Week by Abby Williams (forum name Saffie), October 2015. Republished by OCD-UK with kind permission of Abby and BAM magazine.

OCD – The Monster Under The Bed
By Abby Williams

AS OCD Awareness Week draws to a close today [Saturday October 17], UK charities such as OCD-UK are rallying to highlight the disorder that affects around 2.3% of the world’s population.

Rated within the top ten of the world’s most debilitating illnesses by the World Health Organisation (WHO), startling statistics show that less than 10% of those affected are receiving appropriate treatment. Even more worrying are the persistent public perceptions of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder which minimalise its severity and alienate sufferers.

“I’m so OCD!” is a phrase we commonly hear from people who like to categorise their tinned foods in a certain way or insist on keeping a clean house, and television shows such as ‘Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners’ depict a cringe-worthy distortion of the illness. The key difference between these examples and really dealing with OCD is that if you enjoy these compulsions, it certainly isn’t OCD.

Article posted on: Tue, 20/10/2015 - 10:10am Read more...

My OCD Awareness Week - Blog by Claire

Claire at an OCD event earlier this year.

Last week was OCD Awareness Week, and OCD-UK were proud to be proactive in our work to generate media interest. In the end over the last 10-days OCD was featured across national newspapers, local and national radio and TV too. In fact according to our calculations the work we helped generate had the potential to reach 14.3 million people last week. Claire shares her experiences of being involved.

Blog written by 'Claire', October 2015.

My OCD Awareness Week

I consider myself very lucky to be involved with OCD-UK. I've had OCD since before I knew it was even a thing, and since I stumbled across the support forum in 2011, I've felt part of a community who understands. We just 'get' it. We don't have to explain anything.

Having said that, I hadn't taken part in Awareness Week until this year. Initially I was still nervous about speaking out in public. I'd suffered in silence for the best part of 25 years, so opening up about it didn't come naturally to me.

If my OCD recovery journey has taught me anything though, it's that the reality of a situation is generally a lot less terrifying than the worry I invest in it! For this reason now, if I'm asked to do something in the name of OCD awareness, I generally say "yeah ok!" I know that I'll be supported by the OCD-UK team. Don't get me wrong, after the "yeah, ok!" often comes the "what have I just agreed to?!" but it's good for me to challenge myself in this way.

Article posted on: Mon, 19/10/2015 - 7:58pm Read more...

Good Morning Britain OCD feature

Good Morning Britain OCD feature

Following a feature about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder on today's ITV 'Good Morning Britain' programme we share the concerns expressed by many about the way Good Morning Britain portrayed the illness, and may have done significant awareness damage by adding to the misconceptions that OCD is a simple quirk that people choose to be helpful. In fact, the way Good Morning Britain portrayed OCD today is the public perception of OCD that we hoped OCD Awareness Week would challenge and change.

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Become a Member of OCD-UK from just £2 a month

Become a member of OCD-UK during OCD Awareness Week 2015 to receive discounted membership.

Membership of OCD-UK is the best tool for staying up to date on important news and information about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and the work of OCD-UK. It is designed to be of interest to everyone, whether you're a sufferer or care for someone with OCD, and at present we have over 700 people supporting our work by being a member of OCD-UK.

Article posted on: Sun, 27/09/2015 - 1:39pm Read more...

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