OCD in the media

Features about OCD in the media (newspapers, television, radio or the big screen).

Open letter to David Abraham of Channel 4

With Channel 4 continuing to ignore the concerns about their programme Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners, we have once again written to the Chief Executive of Channel 4.

Mr David Abraham
Chief executive
Channel 4
124 Horseferry Road

Open Letter to Mr David Abraham, Channel 4

Dear Mr Abraham,

Article posted on: Tue, 14/07/2015 - 1:05pm

Share your OCD story for Ride4OCD

We are looking for Media Volunteers from across the UK to support the charities media coverage during our Ride4OCD fundraiser this August.

Chief executive Ashley Fulwood, charity patron Professor Paul Salkovskis and OCD-UK member Dr Lisa Marnell will cycle 1250 miles from John o'Groats to Lands End, through Scotland, England and Wales, in aid of the charity, raising funds and awareness. Information about the route and the areas they will be cycling through can be found at http://www.ride4ocd.org/route/.

Media Volunteers must have first-hand experience of OCD, as a sufferer or ex-sufferer, and need to feel comfortable talking to journalists either for newspaper features or radio interviews. Sharing your story will help raise awareness about this debilitating illness and educate people about what OCD is really like. It will also help thousands of OCD sufferers by letting them know that they are not alone and that they can get help.

If you are interested in getting involved in this opportunity then please contact our volunteer coordinator Beth Hemus on beth@ocduk.org or by calling her 07748 175 753. (Beth only works Monday-Wednesday so may not be able to respond outside of those working days).

Article posted on: Wed, 08/07/2015 - 12:22pm

Statement about the latest series of Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners

This evening Channel 4 once again broadcast yet another series of their Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners. Despite numerous correspondence between ourselves including a face-to-face meeting at Channel 4, they continue to ignore the concerns raised by ourselves and those of people suffering with OCD who have contacted Channel 4.

We cannot express how disappointed we are that Channel 4 continue to commission further series by placing ratings and profit above the welfare of those with OCD for the sake of cheap entertainment, which is exactly what Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners is.

The damage Channel 4 and the programmes cause in terms of fuelling false misconceptions around the illness should not be underestimated and it remains counter-productive to the work that charity’s like OCD-UK are attempting to achieve. The programmes adds to the false misconception that all people with OCD like cleaning, which could not be further from the reality for those that suffer.

Article posted on: Tue, 30/06/2015 - 12:36pm

BBC Radio Scotland feature on OCD

Comedian Jon Richardson has recently revealed how his OCD had affected his relationships. But what exactly is OCD? and how does it affect someone's day to day life? Sanjeev Kohli hosted this radio piece on the subject for BBC Radio Scotland last Friday with Christine Muir from the Glasgow OCD Support Group.

Click below to listen to the OCD feature that featured on BBC Radio Scotland on 28/11/2014 (12min:50sec).

Article posted on: Wed, 03/12/2014 - 3:56pm

OCCleaners - The Times get it, so why not others?

Blog written by 'Ashley Fulwood' 13th October 2014.

Last Sunday in the round up of the week’s TV ahead, The Times published the following.

Left feeling grubby

Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners (C4, 8pm) Watching obsessive compulsive disorder sufferers with a cleaning fixation being sent to transform the houses of hoarders is an uncomfortable business for everyone involved. The hoarders are made to feel disgusting and the OCD cleaners are put through mental torture (often physical, too — breaking out in sweats and panic). Then there is the audience, also squirming at the jaunty tone of the programme’s voice-over and the exploitation of people with (in some cases) diagnosed mental-health disorders. It is shameful that this has been given a third series.

Article posted on: Mon, 13/10/2014 - 6:14pm

Open letter to Obsessive Compulsive Cleaner advertisers

This evening Channel 4 once again broadcast a new series of their Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners, despite the distress the series causes to those that suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Because Channel 4 flatly refuse to actually hear the feedback and concerns raised by multiple charities and sufferers alike we have decided to approach those companies that promote and advertise their products during each episode of this series. The following open letter will be sent to each company encouraging them to review their advertising strategy with Channel 4.

Article posted on: Tue, 07/10/2014 - 9:00pm

Channel 4 ignoring concerns for ratings?

This week Channel 4 will once again broadcast a new series of their Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners despite the distress the series causes to those that suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Despite widespread concerns being raised by charities and people affected by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder directly with Channel 4’s Chief Executive and disability advisor they have chosen to repeatedly ignore these concerns and continue to commission and broadcast this latest series. With the concerns ignored, we can only assume ratings far more important to Channel 4 than taking on board the concerns raised. Some of the concerns raised about the programme include:

Article posted on: Sun, 05/10/2014 - 3:10pm


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