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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...

OCD and Me by Megan

Blog written by 'Megan Burchell' ‏ for OCD Awareness Week, October 2014.

OCD and Me

People say mental illness is a lonely place. They're right. You're trapped, living in a mist of uncertainty and  sometimes depression. Below the polished surface that is you, lies confusion and pain. I know that's how I felt when I became hostage to the crippling mental illness that is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. 

I was officially diagnosed with OCD a couple of years ago. I admit I was terrified, and I felt like I was crazy and an embarrassment to my family. I feared no one would take me seriously, and it took a while to be heard. Even today it's still hard. I've endured the disorder for as long as I can remember, however it became more of a problem as I grew up and it began to get out of control, and it was interfering with my everyday life, so I finally found the courage to speak out and ask for help. The earliest memories I have of it was when I was little, maybe 5 or 6 years old.

Article posted on: Thu, 16/10/2014 - 11:14am Read more...

OCDweek – Going to the Dark Side

Blog by Bellsie, OCYours

Blog written by 'OC Yours' ‏@ocyours for OCD Awareness Week, 14th October 2014.

#OCDweek – Going to the Dark Side

In a somewhat blind leading the blind way, I am currently spending one day a week on a CBT placement. For the moment my role mainly involves sitting awkwardly in the corner and trying to nod in the right places whilst maintaining my “I am full of empathy and yet maintaining professional boundaries” face, but in time I’ll be expected to be a little more proactive.

It’s interesting and yet a little unsettling, and it’s certainly making me think about what I want to do with my life. It’s also been an excellent kick up the backside – I can’t sit there as a hypocrite on the other side of the desk if I can’t put into practice what I am preaching. One of my problems is that I know all the theory. I can tell you exactly what I’m meant to do, how I’m meant to challenge the OCD and the ways that I’m supposed to stand up to it, but when it comes to putting it into practice, I just get stuck.

Article posted on: Tue, 14/10/2014 - 10:02am Read more...

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