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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...

Racing 100 miles for anyone whose ever been a slave to their mind

Stuart Ralph cycling for OCD-UK

The #TourdeFrance may be over but there's still more cycling to come next weekend in London and Surrey when some of our intrepid #FantasticFundraisers look to cycle 100 miles in less than 8.5 hours. One of those taking part is Stuart Ralph (pictured) who told us why he is riding for OCD-UK.

Article posted on: Mon, 25/07/2016 - 12:49pm Read more...

New OCD-UK Logo

New OCD-UK Logo

Say hello to our new logo, and let us explain the reasoning behind our logo change.

One of our objectives is to raise awareness of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder through effective and accurate awareness campaigns. In recent years we have seen the OCD acronym and 'meaning' hijacked to suggest a person who is pernickety and fussy. During the next few years we want to focus some of our awareness projects to change the perception that everyone is a ‘little OCD’, highlight the D in OCD and ensure the general public understand that the D in OCD stands for Disorder, hence our new logo.

Article posted on: Tue, 21/06/2016 - 4:13pm Read more...

This Old Ghost

Take a look at this fantastic short animated film 'This Old Ghost'. 'This Old Ghost' was developed from a poem written by James Lloyd and is a collaboration between James, Liz Smith and the website 'The Secret Illness'.

James is a writer and science journalist in the UK and has suffered with OCD since childhood, he provided the voiceover for the animation. The animation itself was created by filmmaker Liz Smith.

The Secret Illness is a project developed to explore the realities of living with OCD through the creative arts. A fantastic concept and one in which OCD-UK fully support. The Secret Illness interviewed James about this piece which you can read on their website at: https://thesecretillness.com/2016/05/16/this-old-ghost/

Click the 'read more' link to watch the animation.

Article posted on: Fri, 20/05/2016 - 2:40pm Read more...

Book Review: Because We are Bad: OCD and a Girl Lost in Thought

Lily pictured with a copy of her book.

'Because We are Bad: OCD and a Girl Lost in Thought' is a new book about one young lady's experiences of growing up with OCD. The book was published last week, so we sent a review copy to one of our members, James Lloyd, and this is his review.

Book review by James Lloyd
Because We Are Bad: OCD and a Girl Lost in Thought
by Lily Bailey. Published by Canbury Press, Hardback, £14.99

The next time someone tells you that they’re “a little bit OCD”, give them a copy of this book. Because We Are Bad is a moving, searingly honest account of what it’s really like to live with OCD. Lily takes us back to her early experiences of the illness, describing how it took root inside her mind and evolved into a monster.

Article posted on: Fri, 20/05/2016 - 12:46pm Read more...

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