Support & Treatment
As part of our Big Lottery funded Advocacy for OCD Service, over the next five years we will be looking at local and regional trends in treatment and attitudes to try to improve things for a wider number of people. We are carrying out a national survey to map the treatment experiences of people with OCD/BDD and related disorders across England, along with their views of how they are treated more generally by society because of their mental health condition.
We were really pleased to have the support of a number of fantastic charities at the OCD Action National Conference in Manchester. Now, the BDD Foundation, who had an exhibition stand at our event, will be hosting the first ever International Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) Conference on Saturday the 30th May in London, at the School of Oriental and African Studies, Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London, WC1H OXG from 9 am to 5 pm.
From April 2014 adults with mental health problems have had the legal right –
‘to choose which provider and consultant or mental health professional will be in charge of their care when they attend their first outpatient appointment’.
This means that you now have the right to choose who your GP refers you to for mental health care.
Are you unhappy with the OCD treatment you have received?
If you are dissatisfied with the service you have received from the NHS, this new leaflet from NHS England details how you can give feedback or make a complaint.
The Minister for Care and Support, Norman Lamb MP, has given his backing to our manifesto for improving access to quality treatment for OCD.
Over the last year, the Charity met with service users, volunteers, clinicians and other stakeholders to identify how we can all work together to ensure that people with OCD can access the quality treatment that they need. Our manifesto sets out the specific actions that we want to see taken and calls for the Department of Health, the NHS and clinicians to work with us to make them happen.
OCD Action's 'Better Together Project' is now supporting an independent online support group specifically for people with OCD, family members and carers living in Scotland.
The group uses Skype (but audio only, no visual) and you will be given full support in setting this up. If you would prefer you can be added to the group using a land line or mobile number instead. The group is facilitated by three people with personal experience of OCD (a person with the condition, a parent of a child with OCD and a sister of someone that has OCD).
OCD Action supports over 70 independent Support Groups around the country. Support Groups are a great way of meeting others with experiences of OCD, in a safe and relaxed environment. But what happens when you can't get to a local Support Group? Well now there are a number of Online Support groups that you can attend right from the comfort of your home!
Here is a list of all of the current Online Support Groups;
This week the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, announced that, with a planned increase in funding, treatment for mental health conditions will be brought into line with other NHS services with the introduction of the first ever access & waiting time standards.
One of those standards is that from April 2015 75% of people referred to the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme will be treated within 6 weeks of referral, with 95% of people being treated within 18 weeks.