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This week is OCD Awareness Week

This week is OCD Awareness Week and behind the scenes we have been working hard to generate media interest and with ‘that’ Channel 4 programme being broadcast again this week it’s vital that we fight back and start to tell the world the realities of living with OCD.   For this reason we have created a one-page website to explain how OCD is different to how the majority perceive it . The new websites was designed to educate readers frame-by-frame to show the reader #ThatsOCD   The link to the website is http://www.thatsocd.info Please do post the link across your social media profile pages, lets spread the word about OCD Awareness Week, let's change perceptions!  There are lots of other ways you can get involved too, check out our website: http://www.ocduk.org/ocd-awareness-week-2014

Our patron Ian Puleston-Davies was interviewed about his OCD for this Telegraph feature for OCD Awareness Week, click here to check out the article with Ian.

Article posted on: Mon, 13/10/2014 - 9:42am Read more...

The ‘Are you a little bit OCD?’ Project

Some of our East Midland volunteers

Some of our lovely volunteers pictured taking part in our 'Are you a little bit OCD?' awareness and anti-stigma project in Nottingham earlier this month. The OCD-UK volunteers will also be at tomorrow's Nottingham Carnival and we wish them luck for nice weather and that they enjoy the challenge of talking about OCD and mental health to strangers. It's a challenging but important role, and one all of our volunteers seem to have grown in confidence with throughout the project.

"I am incredibly proud of all of our team of volunteers for having the immense courage to put their experience of OCD and mental health out there in the public domain throughout this project." said our Chief executive, Ashley Fulwood, who went on to say, "Courage is the right word, it really does take courage to be so open to strangers, so I want to thank them and tell them all how proud of them that I am. Additionally I want to thank our project co-ordinator Beth, who really is making this project a reality."

Article posted on: Sat, 16/08/2014 - 5:48pm Read more...

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem Thanks

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem in Nottingham supporting OCD-UK

Huge thanks to Tammy, Karl and their colleagues and the customers of the Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem in Nottingham for supporting OCD-UK through placement of OCD-UK collection boxes. For those coming to our annual conference in Nottingham later this year we will be including a visit to the Ye Olde Trip as part of our social activity on the Friday and Saturday evening.

Article posted on: Thu, 07/08/2014 - 6:20pm Read more...

July Compulsive Reading magazine

Become a member of OCD-UK to receive your copy of Compulsive Reading

The latest publication of the OCD-UK magazine, Compulsive Reading is now out, and will be with OCD-UK members during the next week.

So if you're not already a member, now is a great time to become a member of OCD-UK! To receive copies of this and other magazines, in addition to receiving lots of other member benefits all you need to do is become a member of OCD-UK. Please join our community, and support our charity by becoming a member, please click here to become a member.

The magazine provides a great mix of community content, OCD related news and personal stories including exclusive content not published online. You may take a closer look at one of our magazines by downloading a previous issue free of charge.

Article posted on: Tue, 22/07/2014 - 1:03pm Read more...

‘Are you a little bit OCD?’ project in Leicester

Riverside Festival

On Saturday OCD-UK launched our ‘Are you a little bit OCD?’ at Leicester's Riverside Festival. This popular festival offers boat trips, live music, a variety of food stalls from around the world, displays and an exciting choice of activities for all ages, making it a fun packed weekend, and the OCD-UK volunteer team had a fantastic response from festival goers.

Click the 'read more' link to take a look at some of the pics and see some of the fun the team had.

Why did we use the 'Little bit OCD' phrase in our project title?

The flippant use of the term ‘I'm a little bit OCD about X’ that seems to be used in everyday conversation is still something that many people with OCD find upsetting and remains a stigmatising barrier to helping those that suffer with this often misunderstood disorder feel that they can be open and talk freely. Click the link to read more about why we chose this project title.

Article posted on: Thu, 12/06/2014 - 10:09am Read more...

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.

Article posted on: Wed, 19/03/2014 - 8:15pm Read more...

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.

Article posted on: Thu, 27/02/2014 - 7:40pm Read more...

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