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Behind a Mind - London

Behind a mind host an OCD event in London

In February of this year, director of the fantastic short OCD film Locked and OCD-UK Trustee Claire Gellard launched a brand new Mental Health project called Behind a Mind, a project funded by The Maudsley Charity and has been designed to raise awareness and understanding of mental health using film, animation and expert talks.

The first feature for a Behind a Mind event was OCD, and took place at the Ortus Centre in London on Monday 10th February which featured first hand OCD presentations:

Article posted on: Thu, 20/03/2014 - 1:06pm Read more...

The “Are You A Little Bit OCD?” Project Volunteering

We are now seeking volunteers for our East Midlands based project

This project will give volunteers with first or second hand experience of OCD the opportunity to engage the general public in discussions on how OCD, and associated mental health problems, can impact on those that suffer with the illness. These discussions will take place at events held in public venues across the East Midlands during the next 15 months.

By sharing knowledge gained through personal experience at these events, our volunteer team will help the general public to increase their understanding about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and other associated mental health problems, challenging negative stigma, and ultimately reduce the effect of OCD on the lives of those that suffer. Our volunteer team will also gather important information about public attitudes towards mental health, which will assist future anti-stigma and education projects to target their efforts more effectively.

Article posted on: Wed, 19/03/2014 - 8:15pm Read more...

Meet the Team: Beth Hemus

Beth, part of the OCD-UK team

"My new post at OCD-UK is one that I consider to be an absolute privilege. I am co-ordinating the charities' new anti-stigma campaign, "Are You A Little Bit OCD?", to be held across the East Midlands over the next 15 months. My formal interview was a refreshing experience, being one of the first times that I could openly discuss my mental health issues, without fear of discrimination, during a recruitment process. I have worked in the voluntary and community sector for several years now, supporting vulnerable children, young people and adults with mental health issues, learning and behavioural challenges. I feel very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to invest my skills in an area of work so close to my own heart.

"I have experienced intrusive thoughts for as long as I can remember; as a child, I developed mental rituals in an attempt to supress the anxieties and fears that these thoughts created. As my confusion and misery grew, so did my OCD, and for a long time I felt trapped in a complex web of mental health problems and unhealthy and damaging behaviours. I suffered for years and did not connect with any form support until I was a young woman, receiving CBT in my mid 20's. This life changing experience gave me the tools I needed to manage my own recovery.

Article posted on: Thu, 27/02/2014 - 7:40pm Read more...

East Midlands Project Leader Required – Are you a little bit OCD

The Are you a little bit OCD? is funded by Time to Change

Project Leader – ‘Are you a little bit OCD?’

Thanks to funding from the mental health anti-stigma programme, Time to Change, we are launching a brand new East Midlands project. The Are you a little bit OCD? project will engage the public in conversation about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) through the use of a fun and quirky ‘sofa zone’ which will be set up in public spaces across the East Midlands, and we are now recruiting a project leader to manage this project.

Click more for a full job description.

Article posted on: Tue, 29/10/2013 - 2:54pm Read more...

New East Midlands project to get people talking about OCD

Funded by the mental health anti-stigma programme, Time to Change.

Next week is OCD Awareness Week (14th-20th October) and the national charity, OCD-UK is launching a week of events in the East Midlands with the announcement of a unique 18-month OCD awareness project, specifically focussing on the East Midlands, thanks to funding from the mental health anti-stigma programme, Time to Change.

The Are you a little bit OCD? project will engage the public in conversation about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) through the use of a fun and quirky ‘sofa zone’ which will be set up in public spaces across the East Midlands.

Article posted on: Thu, 10/10/2013 - 12:09pm Read more...

Ride4OCD Reviews and Pics

Ride4OCD Reviews and Pics

During August, OCD-UK's Ashley Fulwood and Professor Salkovskis set off from Land's End, cycling 1100 miles all the way to John o Groats. You can now read all about their experiences and daily adventures and pics on the Ride4OCD website.

Ashley told us, "People's generosity of spirit and wallet continues to amaze and humble us, even now, some two weeks following the completion of Ride4OCD. We want to thank everybody that supported us with words of encouragement to sponsoring us, you all made a real difference to helping us achieve our aims of this tour, we raised over £6600 so far, and managed to do 14 pieces of local media OCD awareness coverage, so thank you so much to you all for your generosity, you helped us achieve our aims of Riding4OCD."

"We wanted to try and share our experiences with you, so below is a review for each day of our ride, along with some route stats and pictures from the day (more pics to follow in the next week or so)."

Article posted on: Fri, 13/09/2013 - 5:54pm Read more...

New Ride4OCD blog and photo website

Visit our brand new ride4ocd website

Starting next Friday, Ride4OCD will see OCD-UK’s Ashley Fulwood and patron Professor Paul Salkovskis cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats (LEJOG), through England, Wales and Scotland, fundraising in aid of the charity, and raising awareness about OCD along the way.

For those that can't get involved, you can now stay in touch with all the blogs and photos during the tour on our brand new website at www.ride4ocd.org

Don't forget, if you want to get involved and cycle with the team, then you are most welcome, be that for a hour, half-day or a full days cycling. All we ask is you bring your own bike and cycle helmet! For those that are not able to cycle, then each evening we will be around to meet for an informal drink, just click the route links on the website for meeting locations and times.

Recent Blog Posts
Pimping my Bike
The countdown to LEJOG
LEJOG or JOGLE?
Paul’s Bike Talk

Article posted on: Thu, 08/08/2013 - 3:06pm Read more...

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