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Awareness

OCD awareness news

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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: Sat, 08/10/2016 - 2:23pm Read more...

You will never know...

This weekend Charlotte Laycock and Darren Moore are running the Royal Parks Half Marathon in memory of their sister Anne-Marie Moore. Sunday marks the start of OCD Awareness Week, and Charlotte and Darren very poignantly explained why they are running for OCD-UK.

10 years ago we lost our beloved younger sister in a car accident.  Anne-Marie, as those of you who knew her, was a bright, vibrant and energetic spirit with an unforgettable smile.  

Article posted on: Fri, 07/10/2016 - 6:19pm Read more...

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...

OCD Awareness Week 2016 - Get Involved!

Giving you a voice - OCD Awareness Week

Next week 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.

Article posted on: Sun, 02/10/2016 - 11:50am Read more...

OCD Awareness Week T-Shirts

OCD Awareness Week T-Shirts

With OCD Awareness Week fast approaching (9-15th October) we are once again releasing these great OCD awareness t-shirts. We have 60 available on a first come, first served basis (UK residents only), all we are asking is those wanting a t-shirt make a donation to the charity using the form below. We ask you please make the donation a minimum of £5 per t-shirt to ensure we cover our costs.

The slogans for the t-shirt came from our previous awareness volunteer team, we thank everyone who helped with feedback for this project.

The focus of this year's OCD Awareness Week is changing public perceptions about OCD, one conversation at a time. The flippant use of the term ‘I'm a little bit OCD’ 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. The purpose of OCD Awareness Week is to change this and through our East Midlands project our volunteers have engaged members of the public in conversation sharing their experiences with a view to encouraging them to think differently about the way they perceive both OCD and mental illness in general.

Article posted on: Sat, 01/10/2016 - 3:22pm Read more...

Old Prof rides 100 miles in a day for OCD-UK

Paul riding for OCD-UK

Earlier this week we shared Stuart's story about why he is Riding 100 miles for OCD-UK this coming Sunday. Another of those #FantasticFundraisers taking part in the RideLondonSurrey100 is clinical psychologist, Professor Paul Salkovskis (pictured) who shared with our website the reason for his taking part.

I began cycling four years ago, inspired by Ashley and Jo’s example riding London to Paris for OCD-UK. When Ashley was talking to me about the possibility of his riding Land’s End to John O’Groats, I thought “I could never do that”. When I thought about it, I felt a bit of a hypocrite….I am constantly telling others that, whatever they think, they can manage to succeed with even seemingly impossible targets. Ashley and I did that ride, then another even longer one two years later, and we met some fantastic people along the way as the “awareness” bit of those rides.

Article posted on: Wed, 27/07/2016 - 2:17pm Read more...

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