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Good Luck to Team OCD-UK in the Virgin London Marathon

Come along to support Team OCD-UK

Good Luck to Alan, Rebecca and Sarah running the Virgin London Marathon for OCD-UK tomorrow.

We will have a support team on Tower Bridge (North side) from 8:30am, do come along and say hello if you're passing, and if you can spare a few hours stay with us and help us cheer on team OCD-UK. (OCD-UK t-shirts will be available to those that can stay and help (whilst stocks last).

You can read Sarah's story on our website here.

Article posted on: Sat, 20/04/2013 - 3:02pm Read more...

Kerrang! Music Awards 2013 - OCD-UK become charity partner

 Kerrang! Awards 2013

Kerrang! Magazine – the UK’s biggest selling music weekly – has today announced that this year’s Relentless Kerrang! Awards will be celebrating its 20th anniversary with a brand new venue and co-host, and they have kindly invited OCD-UK to be the charity partner for the awards event.

Announcing our involvement as the new charity partner, Kerrang! editor James McMahon,‏ Tweeted 'In tomorrows Kerrang! we announce details of our 2013 awards. I'm delighted @OCDUK are our new charity. They were a friend when I needed one.' He went on to Tweet 'Mental health charities can do lots of good. I just needed to know I wasn't alone in feeling like I did. I hope @OCDUK know I am grateful.'

OCD-UK representative, and rock chick, Patsy Gough said of this fantastic partnership,  “Many young people experience mental health problems, including OCD, and the charity partnership between OCD-UK and Kerrang! will show this young open-minded audience that OCD and Mental Health need not be a taboo subject. We are sooooo excited to be part of this exciting and vibrant alternative music awards show.

Article posted on: Thu, 11/04/2013 - 9:33pm Read more...

Great Manchester Run - Sunday 26th May

One of those taking part this year for OCD-UK is Lisa Marnell

We have a fantastic small team of runners participating in this years Great Manchester Run (10k / 6.6 miles) on Sunday 26th May, but we still have a few places left, and we really want to be able to field a team of 15 runners!

One of those taking part this year for OCD-UK is Lisa Marnell (pictured) and she explained why she is running for OCD-UK on her Just Giving fundraising page.

"Since the age of 8 I have been afflicted by this debilitating problem known as OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) which up until recently (I am now 32 years old) had impacted greatly on my quality of life and general enjoyment.

Article posted on: Thu, 11/04/2013 - 12:23pm Read more...

Compulsive Reading Extra - Brand New newsletter

March Compulsive Reading Extra

New for 2013, OCD-UK members will now receive an additional Compulsive Reading Extra newsletter in addition to the regular Compulsive Reading magazines. Already on its way to OCD-UK members is the March edition of Compulsive Reading Extra, and which will be published in-between publications of the main magazine.

During 2013, OCD-UK members will now receive even more:

  • Three issues of our Compulsive Reading magazine, a 20 page, full colour magazine.
  • Three copies of the newsletter Compulsive Reading Extra.
  • One copy of our 2012 Compulsive Reading Special - a 24 page, full colour magazine review of our work in 2012.
  • Larger discount on tickets for our annual conference, this year being held in the North East of England.

So if you're not already a member, now is a great time to become a member of OCD-UK! To receive your copies, all you need to do is support OCD-UK by pledging to become a member for a year, from just £2 a month or £24 annually. Click here to become a member of OCD-UK

Article posted on: Thu, 14/03/2013 - 10:14pm Read more...

Love Actually

Love Actually

It's Valentine's Day, if you did not already know!

OCD and Love are not always something which go hand-in-hand, but just sometimes love can beat OCD. OCD-UK members Jo and Jim shared their story with us last year, it first appeared in the 2012 February issue of the OCD-UK magazine, Compulsive Reading. Click the file link below to download the PDF of the feature from our magazine.

Article posted on: Thu, 14/02/2013 - 1:49pm Read more...

Fancy cycling around London for OCD-UK?

Cycle RideLondon 100

Follow in the tracks of Bradley Wiggins, Lizzie Armitstead and Mark Cavendish to become an OCD-UK cycling hero. Taking inspiration from the Olympic road race, be part of the first Olympic legacy event and join over 20,000 cyclists to take part in an epic 100 mile cycle ride along London's closed roads.

Today is public ballot day for the inaugural RideLondon 100 cycle ride, an event which promises to become the London Marathon of cycling events! If you were lucky enough to secure your ballot place, please do consider riding for OCD-UK. We will give you an OCD-UK cycling jersey or jacket, all we ask is that you fundraise whatever you can for OCD-UK!

Not lucky to secure your ballot place? Then fear not cycling friends, OCD-UK have four places available, all we ask is that you agree to fundraise the minimum fundraising amount of £500.

Article posted on: Thu, 07/02/2013 - 9:53am Read more...

Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners

OCD-UK today remain extremely disappointed that, despite our lengthy discussions with them, Channel 4 are continuing with their plans to broadcast a series of programmes which falsely gives the impression that people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder somehow gain pleasure from their compulsive cleaning. We feel that this not only trivialises the severity of those that suffer with contamination obsessive fears, but also adds further to the misconception that OCD is primarily about cleaning compulsions. This misrepresentation about what OCD is all about can only lead to increased stigma for those that suffer.

Next week (13th Feb, 9pm), Channel 4 launch the first of a six part series called Obsessive-Compulsive Cleaners, which follows a lady, that the channel 4 programme describe to be obsessed with cleaning so much that she setup an agency to recruit what the programme call ‘Compulsive Cleaners’. The programme description goes on to suggest that people with OCD that are compulsive cleaners have a special set of skills and a gift for cleaning that could change the habits of the nation, and in the programme Linda Dykes, sets out to recruit an army of obsessive compulsive cleaners to help clean Britain's dirty homes and filthy public spaces.

Whilst we are yet to see the programme, despite a request to do so, we are incredibly concerned that the title and emphasis of the programme might add to the wholly inaccurate and false stereotype that OCD is purely about people that clean. In fact, the direct opposite is true, the NICE guidelines for OCD suggest one study showed that only 26.5% of people with OCD actually have cleaning compulsions, and that figure goes down further in other parts of the world. In fact, people with OCD that do have contamination/cleaning issues find it incredibly disabling and actually get no pleasure what-so-ever from their compulsive rituals.

Article posted on: Wed, 06/02/2013 - 8:00pm Read more...

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