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OCD-UK opens its first office!

The exterior of our new office

Some of our long-term supporters will have watched our charity grow from humble beginnings to where we are today, to the outside world viewing our extensive website, a large professional organisation.

But whilst we are professional, we’re still surviving on a relatively meagre income and for the last 12-years OCD-UK has been based and operated from the spare bedrooms, living rooms, and even garages of our two members of staff and volunteer trustees.

Whilst this has been sustainable and the charity achieved great things in this operational mode, it can and does have its limitations. In order to ensure OCD-UK can develop and make better use of staff and volunteer interaction we recognised that the way forward is open an office.

We will continue to make good use of virtual technology and continue to work with volunteers across the entire country, but having a central location for staff and for volunteers who only wish to work on location was the next step for the charity’s professional development.

A small, modest but modern office has been found in Derby with superb onsite facilities including free access to onsite meeting rooms, hi-speed internet access and visitor parking. The building also includes its own café and in time an onsite nursery.

Article posted on: Tue, 24/01/2017 - 11:42am Read more...

Happy New Year

This article first appeared on the OCD-UK forums on Saturday 31st December 2016.

A new year beckons and with that will come new challenges for us all, professional, personal and undoubtedly OCD.  My message for you all in 2017 is 'do something', please don't just sit back and wait for recovery to happen, get out there in 2017 and make recovery happen.  Do something, do anything that might help improve your chances of recovery.  Ok, you may not end up where you want to be, but sitting back and doing nothing 100% guarantees failure and more OCD, at least doing 'something' offers the opportunity for success and OCD recovery.    That 'something' may be to reach out for more therapy, re-reading a self-help book, or creating a list of 12 OCD challenges (one a month).

There will never be a perfect time to tackle OCD, and we have all been guilty of making excuses why we can't challenge our OCD, myself included. We are busy with work, I have too much stress in my life already, I have exams to study for etc, etc, but let's be clear they are all excuses!  The perfect time will never come if we wait for it.  I think this quote from the late Carrie Fisher is the perfect response...

Article posted on: Tue, 03/01/2017 - 12:30pm Read more...

Obsessive Christmas Disorder – My Arse!

By Ashley Fulwood, Chief Executive of OCD-UK.

In a previous Christmas message I spoke about how OCD does not seem to recognise Christmas and take the holiday season off, if anything OCD rages more at this time of the year for many people.

But you know what, I have to acknowledge that rare occasion when I might have been wrong, you see throughout this year's festive build up there’s been a marked increase in social media memes and naff retailing websites like CafePress selling ‘OCD jumpers’, not Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, but that seasonal condition called ‘Obsessive Christmas Disorder’.  Amusing hey?

This horrid trend that started a couple of Christmases ago gathered pace last year when a major US retailer (Target) got it on the act and thought they would use OCD to make a Christmas profit…. Such is the commercialism of Christmas these days. Sadly it’s even infected respected journals like The Spectator that published an article which started… ‘There are plenty of usually normal and well-adjusted people who go bonkers at Christmas time. I refer to the condition as Obsessive Christmas Disorder’.

Obsessive Christmas Disorder… My Arse!!!  (I was watching The Royle Family last night, which is where that piece of descriptive rebuttal came from).

Article posted on: Fri, 23/12/2016 - 4:50pm Read more...

Thank You for OCD Awareness Week

As OCD Awareness Week concludes we want to thank each and every one of you that got involved in some capacity. Whilst we may not have received lots of media coverage this week we want you to rest assured all of your efforts HAVE reached people, and HAVE made a difference.

As one of our friends commented this morning, #OCDWeek is as much about informing undiagnosed sufferers as it's about educating the wider public of OCD and that is exactly what OCD Awareness Week achieved.

This week we have had both emails and telephone calls from people who now know they have OCD all because they saw OCD Awareness Week content somewhere, and we also know that people have reached out to those sharing #OCDweek content, and we don’t know, but it’s just possible those people now feel less isolated.

Article posted on: Sat, 15/10/2016 - 4:00pm Read more...

2016 Christmas Cards

It's that time of the year again when we start thinking about Christmas (we know it's early still, but hey we delayed this post until October!), so it gives us great pleasure to launch our brand new range of Christmas Cards. For 2016 we have nine brand new Christmas Card designs. With a range of festive, religious and festive fun cards, we're sure to have exactly what you're looking for.  We also have more stock of everyday notelet cards, the perfect way to say thank you to someone.

Purchasing a pack of OCD-UK cards is a fantastic way to support the charity and also to raise awareness at the same time. Some people even use our Christmas cards as a gentle way to start introducing the discussion about OCD to their family and friends. Whatever your reasons for purchasing our cards, every pack that you buy will help support the work of OCD-UK, so thank you.

Article posted on: Sat, 08/10/2016 - 2:26pm Read more...

One conversation at a time...

Beth

First published in the OCD-UK members magazine Compulsive Reading in April 2015.

To coin a phrase from the Time to Change website, "There are no hard and fast rules for talking about your mental health" says OCD-UK project coordinator, Beth Hemus.

Article posted on: Sat, 08/10/2016 - 2:23pm Read more...

You will never know...

This weekend Charlotte Laycock and Darren Moore are running the Royal Parks Half Marathon in memory of their sister Anne-Marie Moore. Sunday marks the start of OCD Awareness Week, and Charlotte and Darren very poignantly explained why they are running for OCD-UK.

10 years ago we lost our beloved younger sister in a car accident.  Anne-Marie, as those of you who knew her, was a bright, vibrant and energetic spirit with an unforgettable smile.  

Article posted on: Fri, 07/10/2016 - 6:19pm Read more...

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