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Our annual conference takes place in Nottingham on Fri 31st Oct and Sat 1st Nov
Continuing our commitment to provide OCD conferences around the whole of the UK, we are proud to announce that for 2014 we will be hosting our annual conference in the Nottingham on Friday 31st October (health prof) and Saturday 1st November.
Locked is a short OCD film
Locked is a short OCD film, partly based on the OCD experiences of OCD-UK trustee, Claire Gellard and which previously won an award at the 2012 Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival.
Watch our 'Understanding OCD' Awareness video.
We hope that our video featuring Coronation Street actor Ian Puleston-Davies talking about his own OCD will offer hope and inspiration to the estimated 741,504 children and adults living with OCD here in the UK.
Become a member of OCD-UK to receive your copy of Compulsive Reading
It's with great pleasure we confirm the latest issue of our members magazine, Compulsive Reading, and what's more, in addition to the great content, OCD-UK members will also have the opportunity to win great prizes.
Break Free From OCD - Book Review
The press release for the book describes this as a practical guide written by three leading CBT experts which enables you to make sense of your symptoms, and gives a clear plan to help you conquer OCD. The book does not fail to offer that!
We are now seeking volunteers for our East Midlands based project
We are now seeking volunteers for our East Midlands based 'Are You A Little Bit OCD?' project.
Prenatal and Postnatal OCD
OCD during pregnancy and after having a baby has, until recently, received relatively little research attention, despite being a significant problem that is now thought to affect 2–4% of all new mothers.
Our online OCD support forums.
Our community support discussion forums are a place where we facilitate a safe environment for people affected by OCD to communicate with each other.
Image of upset child
Distressing, upsetting, stressful, debilitating and disabling are all words used to describe how OCD can make someone feel and why the illness is listed amongst the top ten most debilitating illnesses by the World Health Organisation.
Lynsey and Sam running the 2010 British 10K for OCD-UK
OCD-UK is only able to function through the generosity of our members fundraising efforts, so why not get fit, and fundraise for OCD-UK at the same time by participating in a fundraising run in 2013.
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Welcome to OCD-UK

OCD-UK is the leading national charity, independently working with and for almost one million children and adults whose lives are affected by Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

Our vision is one of a society where everyone affected by Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder should receive the most appropriate, and the highest quality standards of care, support and treatment.

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Nottingham Mental Health Services Review

Nottingham CCG

For much of 2013 and 2014, OCD-UK have been working closely with the lead for a review of OCD treatment in Nottingham commissioned by Nottingham Healthcare to ensure that treatment meets NICE recommendations. Earlier this year we supported a two-day OCD training workshop for staff, led by Professor Salkovskis, and we remain committed to supporting any project that leads to improved NHS services in Nottingham, so we are keen to promote this latest review to existing adult mental health services in Nottingham.

Article posted on: Fri, 21/03/2014 - 6:17pm Read more...

Social Selfie - BDD Style

Clarissa's BDD Selfie

Social selfies is the latest social media internet craze, with the #nomakeupselfie hashtag trending across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, where women posted barefaced without make-up selfies of themselves on social media. Cancer charities have received hundreds of thousands more donations than usual in the last 24 hours after women posted the barefaced selfies of themselves, each donating a few pounds to the cancer charities before nominating friends to do the same.

Earlier today we received the following email from Helen.

Article posted on: Thu, 20/03/2014 - 7:58pm Read more...

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:

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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.

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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.

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New - Worthing OCD Support Group

Message from Claire.

I'm currently setting up a new OCD Support Group in Worthing, West Sussex with the support of OCD-UK.

This group will run once per month on a weekday evening and will be free to anyone affected by OCD, be they a sufferer, family member or friend. It will be an informal group, where people will be welcome to share their experiences and thoughts on how they are affected by OCD, together with discussing pros and cons of treatment.

Living with OCD can be a lonely place, and so the purpose of this group, first and foremost, will be to offer acceptance and understanding, and a place where people are free to speak without fear of judgement.

While I'm setting the group up, I'd be grateful for anyone who would be interested in coming along to let me know. Please feel free to drop me an email at claire-g@ocduk.org so I can take your details and let you know when the group starts.

I hope to see you there!

Claire

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New East Sussex OCD Clinic

New NHS service - East Sussex OCD Clinic

We are delighted to report the launch of a new dedicated OCD service now available for patients that live in the East Sussex region. The new OCD Clinic is part of Health in Mind, the primary care mental health service for people in East Sussex. The clinic is available to people in East Sussex experiencing difficulties with OCD, whether the problem is mild or severe.

The clinic will offer high quality evidence-based help based on the latest research and NHS guidelines. People referred to the clinic will be offered an assessment where the clinic will discuss your difficulties with OCD and agree a treatment plan with you. You will also be offered the opportunity to sign up to a research network. This network will offer you a chance to find out about the research happening in the clinic and an optional opportunity to help researchers understand more about OCD.

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