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This coming week is OCD Awareness Week, and we need your help to spread the word, and to help us change perceptions about the reality of OCD.
The term 'I'm a little bit OCD' is frequently used in everyday language, and a recent street survey highlated that 44% of people felt they had ‘OCD traits’, which clearly shows the lack of understanding that still exists about OCD, with people still confusing non-anxiety provoking traits for the illness.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is known to impact on a person’s education, career and relationships, sometimes with sad and tragic consequences. What this survey shows is that more work needs to be done to help people understand the difference between the occasional additional compulsive check, and the horrible anxiety caused by obsessive thoughts, leading to hours of repetitive, mundane, life-impacting compulsive behaviours that occur in OCD. This is why it is important that we promote OCD Awareness Week and speak out about the reality of how OCD impacts on us.
OCD-UK have been supporting and promoting OCD Awareness Week here in the UK since 2011, and this year is no exception.
OCD Awareness Week is an international effort to raise awareness and understanding about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, with the goal of helping more people to get timely access to appropriate and effective treatment. Launched in 2009 by the US based International OCD Foundation, OCD Awareness Week is now celebrated by a number of organisations across the world. With so many OCD organisations working together during this single week each October, we believe that it is important that the United Kingdom is represented and an active partner in this global collaboration of charities, all of whom are working together for one combined aim, ‘raising awareness of OCD’.
We believe any initiative that works to raise awareness of this debilitating illness can only benefit the OCD community, both here and abroad. We welcome our members support and involvement in our efforts, and that of other UK and global charities this October and of course any other charitable initiatives that occur throughout the year, so that through all of our combined efforts we can positively change perceptions about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
Get Involved - Click here for more details on how you can do your bit for OCD Awareness Week.
Take the OCD Awareness Pledge and agree to do at least three or more of the following
Email us at email@example.com should you need us to send you any OCD Awareness Week materials, posters or postcards (let us know how many), and don't forget to show your support by posting on Facebook or Tweet 'I have taken the OCD Awareness Week Pledge #OCDweek'.
Share your story to the media for OCD Awareness Week
Could you share your OCD story to help create awareness about the different forms of OCD?
Do you want to help to dismiss the misconceptions and stigma that currently surrounds OCD?
If you are interested in sharing your story with the media such as newspapers, magazine, radio or even local or national television, we can offer help and support. We understand that you may be nervous about sharing your story and some people may be surprised to read or hear about what you have to say. However, this could be a great opportunity to share your experiences and let others know how difficult your life has been whilst helping offer hope and encouragement to others still suffering with OCD.
If you are interested please contact OCD-UK by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is how it works:
1. Register your interest by emailing email@example.com (include brief explanation about your OCD, what form it takes, and if you still suffer. Your age and location. Please also explain which media you would be prepared to participate with).
2. OCD-UK will hold your personal details (securely).
3. We will contact you again once we have media interest in your area to see if you are still willing to participate.
It’s OK to change your mind and we will only release your contact details with your permission! If you would like to read a previous case study, you can do so by reading Sarah's story here.
Together we will raise awareness of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
Listen to Karen and Paul talking about OCD to BBC Radio Bristol yesterday (15th October) for OCD Awareness Week.
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