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OCD awareness news

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...

OCD and Me

Click the video below to watch Claire explain our project.

This year’s OCD Awareness Week takes place between Monday 14th and Sunday 20th October 2013, and this year's theme, 'OCD and Me' aims to highlight individuals unique experiences of OCD to improve understanding about the many different types of OCD that people with OCD suffer. We also want to highlight the daily struggles with the illness in an attempt to challenge trivialising misconceptions and stigma that currently surrounds OCD.

Unfortunately, whilst the terms 'he/she is a bit OCD' or 'I'm really OCD about that' are being used in everyday vocabulary, usually simply to describe people who may be a little fastidious about a particular task, the terms are rarely used to actually describe OCD, which is a crippling mental health problem that severely impacts on the functioning and quality of life of those children and adults that suffer with OCD.

We want to show that OCD exists in many forms, from serious disabling and debilitating contamination fears, through to horrific and graphic intrusive thoughts which plague us.

As part of our plans for this years OCD Awareness Week we are launching a new project called 'OCD and Me' to give those of us with OCD an opportunity to tell others what it really means to live with the illness. We want to create a 'Compulsive Viewing' collection of video messages from people with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder explaining what their OCD means to them.

Let Claire explain a little bit more about what we are looking for (click the 'read more' link to view her video).

Article posted on: Mon, 15/07/2013 - 12:09am Read more...

Ride4OCD - Lands End to John O Groats

Cycling from Land’s End to John O’ Groats - Ride4OCD

Coming to a road near you, an adventure of Epic Proportions!

Cycling from Land’s End to John O’ Groats this Summer will be Ashley Fulwood and Professor Salkovskis, with guest appearances from Brynjar Halldorsson and Lisa Marnell. Fancy joining them?

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

#Ride4OCD has five principal objectives:
1 - Improving OCD awareness
2 - Fundraising for OCD-UK
3 - Highlighting treatment inequalities between England, Scotland and Wales
4 - Demonstrating that mental challenges can be tackled
5 - Bringing the OCD community together

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.

Article posted on: Wed, 19/06/2013 - 6:16pm Read more...

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