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OCD awareness news

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

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

#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

Ian Puleston-Davies opens up the Mail on Sunday

Ian Puleston-Davies article in the Mail on Sunday

OCD-UK Patron, Ian Puleston-Davies spoke at length and bravely opened up about his OCD in an interview for today’s Mail on Sunday.

You can read the full article on the Mail on Sunday website by clicking here.

Article posted on: Sun, 16/06/2013 - 1:43pm

OCD - Tortured by my own mind

OCD - Tortured by my own mind

Very occasionally, someone sends us something which really makes us say 'wow', and this video is one such feature. A really beautiful video created by one of our forum users, BlondeMermaidxoxo that really did move and inspire us so much that we just had to share it with you. With her kind permission, this is Spencer's video.

Article posted on: Sun, 16/06/2013 - 12:36am

OCD-UK Buzzing at Kerrang!

OCD-UK on the big Kerrang! screen

Buzzing is how we feel this morning after OCD-UK were involved in last night's Kerrang! music awards, in the presence of some amazing artists, including the Legends that are Queen!

Through the support of the magazine's editor James McMahon, OCD-UK were invited to be the official charity partner for the event, which allowed the charity to reach an audience of 400-500 rock stars and fans, helping us to highlight OCD and the impact it can have on those of us that suffer. Guests at the awards had OCD Awareness Postcard on their tables which have been designed to help people think differently about OCD, (details of those in the June Compulsive Reading). 

Article posted on: Fri, 14/06/2013 - 3:14pm

Good Luck to Team OCD-UK in the Virgin London Marathon

Come along to support Team OCD-UK

Good Luck to Alan, Rebecca and Sarah running the Virgin London Marathon for OCD-UK tomorrow.

We will have a support team on Tower Bridge (North side) from 8:30am, do come along and say hello if you're passing, and if you can spare a few hours stay with us and help us cheer on team OCD-UK. (OCD-UK t-shirts will be available to those that can stay and help (whilst stocks last).

You can read Sarah's story on our website here.

Article posted on: Sat, 20/04/2013 - 3:02pm

Kerrang! Music Awards 2013 - OCD-UK become charity partner

 Kerrang! Awards 2013

Kerrang! Magazine – the UK’s biggest selling music weekly – has today announced that this year’s Relentless Kerrang! Awards will be celebrating its 20th anniversary with a brand new venue and co-host, and they have kindly invited OCD-UK to be the charity partner for the awards event.

Announcing our involvement as the new charity partner, Kerrang! editor James McMahon,‏ Tweeted 'In tomorrows Kerrang! we announce details of our 2013 awards. I'm delighted @OCDUK are our new charity. They were a friend when I needed one.' He went on to Tweet 'Mental health charities can do lots of good. I just needed to know I wasn't alone in feeling like I did. I hope @OCDUK know I am grateful.'

OCD-UK representative, and rock chick, Patsy Gough said of this fantastic partnership,  “Many young people experience mental health problems, including OCD, and the charity partnership between OCD-UK and Kerrang! will show this young open-minded audience that OCD and Mental Health need not be a taboo subject. We are sooooo excited to be part of this exciting and vibrant alternative music awards show.

Article posted on: Thu, 11/04/2013 - 9:33pm


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