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Ride4OCD - Thank you Paul

Ashley and Paul at their journey's end

During the last three weeks (August 2015) the OCD-UK team toured the British Isles by cycling from John o’Groats to Land’s End for a project called Ride4OCD.  During those 1200 miles we met many people with OCD, we spoke to sufferers and to family members, we delivered events from Liverpool to Truro attended by over 100 people, we went into the BBC Radio Cornwall studios to talk to them about OCD and conducted other media interviews whilst riding.

Article posted on: Mon, 31/08/2015 - 11:16am Read more...

Share your OCD story for Ride4OCD

We are looking for Media Volunteers from across the UK to support the charities media coverage during our Ride4OCD fundraiser this August.

Chief executive Ashley Fulwood, charity patron Professor Paul Salkovskis and OCD-UK member Dr Lisa Marnell will cycle 1250 miles from John o'Groats to Lands End, through Scotland, England and Wales, in aid of the charity, raising funds and awareness. Information about the route and the areas they will be cycling through can be found at http://www.ride4ocd.org/route/.

Media Volunteers must have first-hand experience of OCD, as a sufferer or ex-sufferer, and need to feel comfortable talking to journalists either for newspaper features or radio interviews. Sharing your story will help raise awareness about this debilitating illness and educate people about what OCD is really like. It will also help thousands of OCD sufferers by letting them know that they are not alone and that they can get help.

If you are interested in getting involved in this opportunity then please contact our volunteer coordinator Beth Hemus on beth@ocduk.org or by calling her 07748 175 753. (Beth only works Monday-Wednesday so may not be able to respond outside of those working days).

Article posted on: Wed, 08/07/2015 - 12:22pm Read more...

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!

Article posted on: Wed, 15/04/2015 - 12:58pm Read more...

Ride4OCD 2015 - OCD Awareness from Scotland to Cornwall

Paul Salkovskis in Devon - 2013

In August, OCD-UK’s Ashley Fulwood, patron Professor Paul Salkovskis and member Dr Lisa Marnell will Ride4OCD. They will cycle 1250 miles from John o’Groats to Land’s End (JOGLE), through Scotland, England and Wales, across different regions of the British Isles to raise awareness about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder whilst fundraising for OCD-UK and offering support opportunities for people with OCD along their route.

This year, unlike in 2013 they will also look to host a series of OCD events some evenings during the mammoth 19-day and 1250 mile cycle ride. Full details of events will be available later in the year, but why not take a look at their proposed route to see if they will be cycling near you.

Article posted on: Mon, 23/02/2015 - 7:45pm Read more...

OCD Conference

Blog by Bellsie, OCYours

Blog written by 'OC Yours' ‏@ocyours, October 2014.

OCD Conference - Nottingham

On October 31st and November 1st, OCD-UK is taking over Nottingham for an amazing two day OCD Conference.

On Friday 31st October, we’re holding an event for health professionals and all involved in the treatment or care of those affected by OCD – a fantastic opportunity for professionals to hear about recent advances in understanding and the treatment of OCD and related problems.

On Saturday 1st November, we’re holding a conference for those affected by OCD and anyone interested in learning more. Not only will it offer an opportunity to learn more about OCD, it’ll offer guidance, hope and inspiration for those suffering and their families.

So here we have my Top Ten Reasons to Come to the OCD Conference

Article posted on: Tue, 21/10/2014 - 12:37pm Read more...

Compulsive Flyer blogs for OCD Awareness Week

Blog written by 'Steve' ‏@compulsivflyer for OCD Awareness Week, 16th October 2014.

It seems that in 2014, with 24 hour news, entertainment and social media; that we are to be bombarded constantly with information.

Well they say knowledge is power, so this should be a good thing right? Well not always. This week for example, I have been made aware of the following VITAL facts.

Article posted on: Thu, 16/10/2014 - 5:57pm Read more...

So OCD, is it a laughing matter?

Joshie and Harri showing their support for OCD Awareness Week

Blog written by 'Harri' ‏@Rabbaroo for OCD Awareness Week, 16th October 2014.

So OCD, is it a laughing matter? No, yes, maybe?..........oh hang on, I'm confused.

My OCD is a flipping nightmare to put it mildly. At one point it almost killed me. That's definitely no laughing matter. My brain had me so convinced that the whole entire world was better off with out me, that the only thing I was good at was causing harm that I decided to end it all. Not my finest hour I'll admit, but one of my darkest. No laughter, no funniness. Just bleakness, darkness and a whole lot of self loathing.

Obviously things turned around and I'm no longer in that place any more.

Article posted on: Thu, 16/10/2014 - 12:56pm Read more...

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