OCD Action are proud to be part of a major coalition that wrote to Boris Johnson last week. We’re calling on the government to work with us to establish a Mental Health Renewal plan in response to COVID 19.

Posted on: 2nd July 2020 by: Olivia

OCD Action has been approached by NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence), as they are developing a piece of Interventional Procedures Guidance for Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) for OCD.

DBS is a form of neurosurgery that has been historically used to treat Parkinson...

Posted on: 2nd December 2019 by: Olivia

Last year we developed a self-advocacy toolkit, designed to help you fight for your rights when accessing treatment or when facing issues at work/in education, or with housing. The toolkit has been available to download (in full or in part) from our website for the last year, and has been...

Posted on: 4th April 2019 by: Olivia
Categories Support & Treatment

Registered stakeholders and individuals have been invited to comment on whether the NICE clinical guideline on OCD and BDD treatment should be updated.

This is a really important opportunity for you to have your say on the guidelines for treatment for OCD and BDD, including: whether...

Posted on: 10th January 2019 by: Olivia

Young people who have been treated for OCD have featured in a film designed to raise awareness and provide hope for parents whose children have the debilitating condition.

The film, called ‘OCD is not me’, was made in partnership with OCD Action, and South London and Maudsley NHS...

Posted on: 18th October 2018 by: Olivia

The Mental Health Act 1983 is the law in England and Wales that covers the assessment, treatment and rights of people with a mental health condition.  This includes when a person can be admitted, detained, and treated in hospital without their agreement. The Mental Health Act is currently...

Posted on: 20th February 2018 by: Olivia
Categories Support & Treatment

OCD Action is very aware of the difficulties involved in applying for and securing benefits when you have OCD. We receive an ever increasing number of requests for help and advice in this area. Unfortunately, we do not have the expertise to provide such advice nor do we have the resources...

Posted on: 15th December 2017 by: Olivia
Categories Support & Treatment

Anyone who is affected by a mental health condition deserves the right to good quality treatment. We know that the NICE Guidance recommendations for OCD (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and medication) are really successful in treating OCD and related disorders, and yet there are still far...

Posted on: 2nd June 2017 by: Olivia
Categories Support & Treatment

Reality Check Support Group in Macclesfield is 10 years old!

From left to right: Bev Nixon, Louise Coppack, Maureen Brotherston, Emma McNeely, Debbie Cox and Honor Simpson

Reality Check, the OCD, BDD and Hoarding Support Group in Macclesfield was set up 10 years ago by...

Posted on: 18th October 2016 by: Olivia
Categories Support & Treatment

At OCD Action, we want to ensure our services are reaching as many people affected by OCD as possible. The launch of our online support groups back in November 2013 allowed us to reach out to those who may not be able to access support locally. The existing eight online groups have proved...

Posted on: 2nd September 2016 by: Olivia

Further Guidance on Your Right to Choose a Consultant-led Outpatient Mental Health Service Anywhere in England

Since April 2014, if you live in England, you have had the right to choose the consultant-led outpatient mental health service your GP refers you to. This service can be...

Posted on: 17th May 2016 by: Olivia
Categories Support & Treatment

At OCD Action, we speak to many people who are having difficulty accessing good quality treatment for their OCD, despite the fact that from April 2014, adults with mental health problems have had the legal right –

‘to choose which provider and consultant or mental health...

Posted on: 26th January 2016 by: Olivia
Categories Support & Treatment

At the 2015 Better Together Facilitator Day, OCD Action were extremely pleased to announce the first ever Charter Standard support group - West Midlands OCD, BDD & Hoarding Support Group! To read more about the Charter click here. 

Following the event, we caught up with the WMOCD...

Posted on: 11th December 2015 by: Olivia
Categories Support & Treatment

Later this month, OCD Youth is launching a brand new virtual helpline for young people with OCD. The OCD Youth e-Helpline is an instant messaging helpline, providing a listening and information support service to young people under 25 who have (or think they might have) OCD.


Posted on: 17th November 2015 by: Olivia
Categories Support & Treatment

OCD Action are working hard to ensure that the best possible treatment is available for those affected by OCD and related disorders. The following training days are coming up in 2015/16 for health professionals and we urge as many local mental health services as possible to attend the training...

Posted on: 12th August 2015 by: Olivia
Categories Support & Treatment

Posted on: 11th August 2015 by: Olivia
Categories Support & Treatment

In response to the promises made in our Call to Action document which was published in January 2015, our research volunteers have been working hard at OCD Action to investigate ways in which you can access the best quality treatment and care.

Posted on: 3rd August 2015 by: Olivia
Categories 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...

Posted on: 18th June 2015 by: Olivia

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...

Posted on: 28th April 2015 by: Olivia
Categories Support & Treatment

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...

Posted on: 9th April 2015 by: Olivia
Categories Support & Treatment

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.

Posted on: 10th March 2015 by: Olivia
Categories Support & Treatment

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...

Posted on: 25th February 2015 by: Olivia

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...

Posted on: 4th February 2015 by: Olivia

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...

Posted on: 3rd December 2014 by: Olivia
Categories Support & Treatment

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...

Posted on: 9th October 2014 by: Olivia
Categories Support & Treatment

OCD Recovery Data

Earlier this week, new data was released that shows how local Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services were doing in helping people with OCD. IAPT services provide data on their performance at regular intervals but this is the first time they...

Posted on: 18th September 2014 by: Joel

Who is We Need to Talk?

We Need to Talk is a coalition of mental health charities, professional organisations, Royal Colleges and service providers who campaign for better access to psychological therapies for people with mental health problems. 

We are calling on the next...

Posted on: 16th September 2014 by: Olivia

If you are diagnosed with OCD and you use more water at home than is considered normal usage, then you MAY be entitled to a capped rate discount with your water company.

The Watersure Scheme applies to all UK water companies with the same criteria throughout. To qualify for the...

Posted on: 11th June 2014 by: Olivia
Categories Support & Treatment

Extension of Choice to People Accessing Mental Health Services

In January of this year Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister, launched the Government’s mental health strategy document, “Closing the Gap”. This document stated that from April 2014 adults with mental health problems will...

Posted on: 27th March 2014 by: Joel

Come join us for a big day out to MFA Bowl in Luton! We'll be meeting at 11:30 on 23rd March for a couple of games of bowling, something to eat, and generally a nice day out...

The event is for under 18s with OCD (and their parents). To sign up, you just need to fill in this form ...

Posted on: 28th February 2014 by: trishm

Enhance your knowledge of OCD and supporting learners with OCD in the classroom

The 'OCD at School' CPD webinar programme will take the form of a two-part course, during which we will hear from a variety of speakers including SEN specialists and those affected by OCD.

Part one...

Posted on: 7th February 2014 by: trishm

Are you starting your first year at University this September or going back for your second or third year at University or College? If you’re affected by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – or you think that you might be – then it’s good to know about some of the services, websites,...

Posted on: 4th October 2013 by: ocd-action
Categories Support & Treatment

An important paper was published in America last week that looks at the efficacy of an antipsychotic medicine that is sometimes used in treating the most severe cases of OCD.

We asked David Veale, one of the Charity’s trustees, to comment

Posted on: 20th September 2013 by: ocd-action
Categories Support & Treatment

We receive many calls from parents of children & young people with OCD who are struggling to make sense of referral & funding processes for specialist treatment. With the help of clinicians at the CAMHS National & Specialist Services at the Maudsley and a number of parents who...

Posted on: 10th September 2013 by: ocd-action
Categories Support & Treatment

Online seminar sessions: Term 3


These online seminars are for parents of children with OCD and take place on the third Tuesday of each month 7-8pm.

They usually take the form of online presentations given by specialists of the Maudsley Hospital (Centre of...

Posted on: 23rd July 2013 by: ocd-action
Categories Support & Treatment

Coping with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Professor Gournay, Professor Rogers and Rachel Piper have collaborated on a new book; “Coping with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder” that provides clear advice and an evidence based self-help programme.

The book suggests ways of dealing...

Posted on: 19th April 2013 by: ocd-action
Categories Support & Treatment

Volunteer Advocates Wanted

Could you be an OCD Action Volunteer Advocate?

We’re looking to recruit volunteers in South West England & South Wales available for an hour or so during the working week, to provide telephone, email and face-to-face advocacy support to people...

Posted on: 11th April 2013 by: ocd-action
Categories Support & Treatment

Support Groups – Better Together

Getting on top of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder can be a long and difficult journey but each step can be eased with quality peer support.

That is why over the last few years, OCD Action has been working with the network of local support groups...

Posted on: 11th April 2013 by: ocd-action
Categories Support & Treatment

The OCD Parents’ Support Project – a joint initiative between OCD Action and the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust (SLaM) – provides monthly onlineseminars specifically aimed at parents of young people with OCD.

These are a good opportunity to meet other parents and get...

Posted on: 8th March 2013 by: ocd-action
Categories Support & Treatment