The OCD Action Helpline provides support and information to people who have/think they may have OCD or a related disorder, and their friends and family. The Helpline is operated by a fantastic team of volunteers who give up their spare time to support other people, often because they have first hand experience of OCD and know how tough it is to battle.
You may remember a few months back, we told you about A Day in My Head - a unique project which combined close to 100 different accounts of living with mental ill health. Put together by Aron Bennett, author of The Walking Worried, A Day in My Head has already been flying off shelves, and helping combat feelings of isolation for people with mental health illness.
Putting off booking that doctors appointment? Frustrated by lack of services in your local area? Then now is the time to do something about it! OCD Week of Action is back, and it's going to be bigger than ever!
What is Week of Action?
OCD Week of Action is a campaigning week, where we invite people to take action against OCD. The week is an opportunity for everyone to fight collectively to beat OCD and change people's perceptions of mental health and the stigma that surrounds it.
Do you want to help people with OCD or BDD fight for their rights? With flexible volunteering hours, full training and guidance, and the opportunity to learn new skills and expertise - the Advocacy Volunteer role could be for you!
Could you help? OCD Action have been contacted by a market research agency, who are carrying out a study on people affected by OCD or BDD, looking at Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and how it helps them to manage their condition. Three participants are still required for this research. Participants should ideally be self-diagnosed, who are using/have used CBT apps (ie. Joyable, Lantern, Koko, Pacifica, Moodnotes, Noom, Happify, etc.) and who live in the London area.
It's that time of year again, when we all join together to fight stigma and raise awareness of OCD. Although raising awareness is something we focus on all year round through our services, OCD Awareness Week is a great opportunity to further highlight the true nature of OCD, and help erase some of the stereotypes and misconceptions often associated with the disorder.
OCD Action's Advocacy for OCD Service is the only one of its kind in the UK. Run by our Advocacy Manager Collette, Lead Advocate Rochelle, and hard working team of volunteers, the service provides a voice for people in need, helps them secure their rights and fight discrimination.
With the extremely high demand for this service growing, we now need your help.
At OCD Action, we are always thrilled to hear about any creative performances taking place, whether it be a fundraiser, or a way to raise awareness of OCD. So we were especially excited to hear that one of the Better Together Regional Volunteers and Support Group facilitator, Jeremy Allen, has written a brand new play which aims to dispel myths about OCD.
'Perfect', will be performed by Oxford’s Saturday Matinee Company (SatMatCo) at the Old Fire Station in Oxford, this June.