We recently wrote about an OCD awareness event taking place in Bristol, organised by Time to Change Champion Tracy, and we are delighted to share a summary of the event with you now.
One in 4 people are affected by mental health problems every year, but not everyone feels comfortable discussing their mental health with their doctor, or even family and friends. Many struggle on alone and find it hard to access the help they need. The Time to Change campaign aims to change this, by reducing the stigma around talking about mental health conditions, helping people to share their experiences, and finding the most appropriate support.
Lockleaze & Horfield Cllr Gill Kirk was “delighted to attend an event at the Old Library Muller Road on Monday 29th July”. “Lifting the Myth of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)” was organised by Tracy Tainton, herself with an OCD diagnosis and was supported by the Time to Change Champions Fund in partnership with OCD Action and the Independent Mental Health Network (IMHN), with whom Tracy is on the board of Trustees.
The event was an initial discussion workshop looking at what it’s like to live with OCD and how this condition can be mis-portrayed in the media.
This workshop was a relaxed opportunity to chat in small groups, listen to people with lived experience of OCD with family members and friends who support them. Tracy Tainton, a Trustee of IMHN who organised the event, said "Thank you to everyone who contributed to a frank and open discussion around OCD, especially those who were very open about their diagnosis. Being candid can be so hard and fearful for sufferers: a big well done. Next step is to look at setting up a peer-support / social group in Bristol specifically for those with lived experience of OCD".
The Independent Mental Health Network also campaigns to ensure that local mental health services provide the best possible care and access for patients, with input from service users themselves, and for there to be greater parity of esteem between mental and physical health.
If you would like to know more about their work, you can contact the Bristol Independent Mental Health Network by email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you're interested in learning more about joining a support group, please email email@example.com.