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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

Great Manchester Run - Sunday 26th May

One of those taking part this year for OCD-UK is Lisa Marnell

We have a fantastic small team of runners participating in this years Great Manchester Run (10k / 6.6 miles) on Sunday 26th May, but we still have a few places left, and we really want to be able to field a team of 15 runners!

One of those taking part this year for OCD-UK is Lisa Marnell (pictured) and she explained why she is running for OCD-UK on her Just Giving fundraising page.

"Since the age of 8 I have been afflicted by this debilitating problem known as OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) which up until recently (I am now 32 years old) had impacted greatly on my quality of life and general enjoyment.

Article posted on: Thu, 11/04/2013 - 12:23pm

OCD is not about being tidy - Sarah shares her story

Sarah Hamilton shared her story for OCD-UK

OCD is not about being tidy, it is a mental illness that sometimes makes me think suicide is the only way out.

OCD could have robbed Sarah Harrington of motherhood – and her life. The 35-year-old shares her story for OCD-UK to Wendy Roberts of the Derby Evening Telegraph.

Article posted on: Wed, 20/03/2013 - 11:43am

Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners Complaint

Over the last three weeks we have been publishing feedback about the Channel 4 series, Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners. Unfortuntely episode three viewing figures have increased from episode two back up above the two million mark, which means the programme could receive a commission for a new series. This is why we remain incredulous at Channel 4’s continuing dismissive response to our concerns about the programme, at the time of writing.

This continuous dismissive nature of Channel 4 to complaints about the programme can perhaps be best illustrated by the following comment made by the official Channel 4's verified account @ch4insider Twitter account yesterday (Sunday) "An infuriated viewer is an engaged viewer.", which appears to be a response to a Tweet that was critical of the programme.

Despite constant communication for the last three weeks with Channel 4's disability advisor and the programmes commissioning editor, it seems that they are seeing our concerns, but not actually hearing them and because we have not been given assurances that lessons have been learned and a new series won't be commissioned, we feel that we have no choice now but to make a formal complaint. Therefore we have formally submitted a letter of complaint to the Channel 4 Chief Executive, David Abraham. We are now in the process of submitting a formal complaint to Ofcom based on the fact that our concerns have been ignored by Channel 4 pre and post broadcast (possibly in breach of Ofcom Broadcasting Code 2.2 and 2.3). We encourage all those that feel this programme is a trivialisation and misrepresentation about OCD to do likewise by importantly contacting Ofcom by clicking here, and then writing (rather than emailing) to Mr Abraham and requesting a response to your concerns:

Article posted on: Mon, 04/03/2013 - 10:30am


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