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OCD Awareness Week 2017 - Get Involved!

Giving you a voice - OCD Awareness Week

Next week (8-14th Oct 2017) is OCD Awareness Week, and this gives you a platform for your voice to be heard!  As you may have already read on our homepage, here is some of what we are doing each day of OCD Awareness Week.

  • Posting and busting a myth about OCD each day
  • Talking about OCD to different audiences
  • Highlight OCD Awareness Week across our neighbouring businesses and community

This is where you can get involved. If all of our supporters, and everyone with an interest in OCD shared/re-tweeted one, or all of the facts/myths we will publish daily, then our reach to change perceptions and opinions about OCD could be globally significant. If you're feeling comfortable enough, then telling your social media followers about your own experiences of OCD could have an even bigger impact. Talking about our OCD is not easy, but only by sharing our experiences, even when it is uncomfortable and embarrassing to do so, can we start to changes people's opinions and perception about OCD.

Another way you can get involved is ask permission to display a poster in your school, university, office or any other public building during OCD Awareness Week. Below we share details of how you can access these materials:

Remember, we all have the ability to influence change! So what will you do?

7 ideas for 7 days of OCD awareness

(OCD Awareness Week: 8-14th October 2016)

  1. Change your Facebook/Twitter cover photo for the week
  2. Talk to someone new about your OCD and tell them how OCD impacts on your life.
  3. Invite a friend to watch a movie which features OCD (we created a list on our forum here). Great way to initiate conversation about OCD. 
  4. Wear your OCD t-shirt to initiate conversation about OCD or change your social media profile photo.
  5. Get a great photo of you with your ’Supporting OCD Awareness Week’ placard on social media.
  6. Blog about how OCD impacts on you and post that link across all your social media pages.
  7. Contact your local newspaper or local BBC radio station and ask them to interview you about your OCD for OCD Awareness Week.

And whenever using social media, don't forget to use the hashtag #OCDweek

We hope that out of those ideas listed above that there is something there for everyone to get involved in OCD Awareness Week, together we can make a difference, one conversation at a time!

OCD Awareness Week Resources

Talking about OCD and dealing with stigmatic responses
It can be challenging talking about OCD sometimes, and you sometimes will receive stigmatic responses, so it's important not to respond with anger but in a calm and reasoned way, the person is much more likely to listen by responding in such a fashion. So we created this article based off our project experience of talking about OCD, with advice on changing perceptions, even if it is one conversation at a time. You can access that article on our website here.

Busting a myth about OCD
There are many misconceptions about OCD, so we want to address some of these, so during OCD Awareness Week we publish a different myth and myth-buster each day of the week. These will be posted via this website on our homepage and across our social media pages, which will be easy to share/re-tweet which we very much encourage you to do so.

Posting a daily fact about OCD
Similarly to the myths, during OCD Awareness Week we publish a different fact about OCD each day of the week. These will be posted via our social media pages, which will be easy to share/re-tweet which we very much encourage you to do so.

Request OCD Awareness Week posters
Another way you can get involved is ask permission to display a poster in your school, university, office or any other public building during OCD Awareness Week. We have four poster designs that we can send you, just let us know how many you want (and which design/s).

Change your Facebook/Twitter cover photo
Dedicate your cover image to the Awareness Week by downloading our OCD Awareness Week image and uploading it to your own Facebook or Twitter profile pages. There are two designs for the cover images.

Talk about your OCD
Talk to someone new about your OCD and tell them how OCD impacts on your life. Through our pioneering project in the East Midlands we know that honest communication really does make a difference in changing perceptions and getting people to think differently, and we can all play a part in that effort, one conversation at a time. So why not try and explain how your OCD impacts on you, the impact on your life. Maybe talking to a colleague, family member. Make sure you read our article on engaging people in conversation.

Maybe wearing an OCD Awareness Week t-shirt is a great way to initiate such a conversation. We have 60 available on a first come, first served basis for a donation to OCD-UK (please donate at least £5 to cover cost of the t-shirt and postage). Click this link to visit the t-shirt donation page.

Invite a friend to watch an OCD movie, or host an OCD film night This is a great favourite, and a fun way to start talking about OCD more to your family and friends by hosting an OCD film night. Grab a few nibbles and drinks, a couple of OCD DVDs and you are set to go.

It does not need to be serious, a mix of the serious and fun works well. From the more serious films such as Leonardo DiCaprio's Aviator, to the light hearted As Good as it Gets, or episodes from the TV series, Monk, and even a couple of episodes from Season 3 of Scrubs which featured Michael J Fox as Dr. Kevin Casey struggling with OCD, (Season 3 - Episodes 12 (My Catalyst) and 13 (My Porcelain God)). For those with a copy, Dirty Filthy Love starring Michael Sheen is a comedy-drama co-written by OCD-UK patron, and OCD sufferer, Ian Puleston-Davies which is also well worth a watch. We created a list where OCD features in movies on our forum here. You might even want to show the OCD-UK Understanding OCD film, or Claire's Locked. Although it can be hard talking about OCD sometimes this is a relaxing way to start the conversation and dispel some myths your family and friends may hold about OCD.

Request an 'I'm supporting OCD Awareness Week' placard
Get a great photo of yourself with an OCD Placard and post it across your social media pages to show your support for OCD Awareness Week. These are two great examples from Perdi and Mark showing their support last year for OCD Awareness Week (click the images to enlarge). Will show your support this year? OCD-UK have an OCD Awareness Week placard they can send to you (A3 or A4). The idea is you then get someone to take a creative photo of you holding the placard, ideally against a funky backdrop, and upload the image to your Facebook or Twitter profile. Don't forget to send us a copy for this website too! Email office@ocduk.org with your postal address and let us know you that would like an OCD Awareness Week placard (A3 or A4). You can also download and print your own poster by clicking here.

Make an OCD Awareness Week pledge Get a great photo of yourself with an OCD Awareness Week pledge card and post it across your social media pages to show your support for OCD Awareness Week. How will show your support this year? Don't forget to send us a copy for this website too!

Click here to download and print your pledge card.

Write a blog or record a video podcast update about your OCD or OCD Awareness Week
If you write a blog, then why not write or record a video podcast about your OCD, or OCD Awareness Week. Perhaps you could dedicate each day of the week to enter your own OCD diary to give your readers a little insight into your OCD life. Please do send us a link to each blog entry and we will try and list some of your entries via this website.

Share your story with local media
If you are prepared to talk publicly about your OCD, then if you're in the UK OCD-UK would love to hear from you, and they will endeavour to set up an interview with your local radio or newspaper. This is a great way to raise awareness and educate people on just what it is like to live with OCD. Contact office@ocduk.org if you are willing to share your story for OCD Awareness Week. If you're outside of the UK then please see if the collaboration of OCD charities supporting OCD Awareness Week represent your country and, if they do, approach them - they will always welcome people willing to share their OCD stories.

Whatever you decide to do, embrace it and enjoy it, because together, we are making a difference!

Don't forget to let us know what you are up to and how you get on.

 

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