OCD Action National Conference 2019!


OCD Action's 2019 National Conference will be held on 11th May, at Friends House, 173-177 Euston Rd, London NW1 2BJ and tickets for the Conference are now on sale here!

This year's Conference will be a great place to find the information, inspiration and motivation that you need to help you fight OCD. Our fabulous line-up includes Rose Cartwright (author of 'Pure'), Professor David Veale, Dr Gazal Jones, Professor Paul Salkovskis, Dr Lynne Drummond, Chloe Volz, Dr Amita Jassi, Dr Fiona Challacombe (with Maternal OCD), Samaritans, OCD Action's Advocacy Team, OCD Youth (with Chris Baier and Rich Taylor), Ashley Curry, Jeremy Allen, Mike & Naomi Clarke, Dan Furlong and David & Sophie Goldstone. We're also delighted to be joined once again by The Secret Illness, who will be delivering live performances exploring the realities of living with OCD followed by a discussion around the impact and outcomes of sharing your OCD story using the creative arts.
This year's plenary sessions (attended by all Conference participants) will include keynote talks by Rose Cartwright and Professor Paul Salkovskis, inspirational talks from Dan Furlong and David and Sophie Goldstone, and live performances, with follow-up discussion, by The Secret Illness. In addition to this, you will have a choice of breakout session in the morning, early afternoon and late afternoon, the options for which are below. You will be asked to select which breakout sessions you would like to attend when purchasing your Conference ticket:

Morning breakout sessions (select one of the following):

Option 1 - ‘How OCD is motivated to keep you safe (and how you can motivate yourself to act against it)’ Professor David Veale 

Option 2 - 'OCD & diversity - moving past the misconceptions' Dr Gazal Jones 

Option 3 - ‘Answering your questions on recovering from maternal OCD - expert by experience and clinician perspectives’ Dr Fiona Challacombe (SLAM), and Catherine Benfield and Kim French (Maternal OCD) 

Option 4 - 'Write yourself well!’ Ashley Curry, Jeremy Allen, Rose Cartwright

Early afternoon workshops (select one of the following):

Option 1 - ‘Overcoming intrusive sexual and violent thoughts and images’ Professor David Veale and Rose Cartwright

Option 2 - ‘No such thing as untreatable (but no, it’s not easy!)’ Professor Paul Salkovskis 

Option 3 - ‘So shall I keep taking the pills, Doctor?’ Dr Lynne Drummond 

Option 4 - 'Parenting children, and adults, with OCD' Chloe Volz, with Mike & Naomi Clarke 

Late afternoon sessions (select one of the following):

Option 1 – 'Effective Treatment Q & A' with Dr Amita Jassi, Professor David Veale, Dr Lynne Drummond and Professor Paul Salkovskis (chaired by Maria Bavetta of Maternal OCD)

Option 2 - 'Taking action to get what you need' OCD Action Advocacy team

Option 3 – ‘Supporting people in distress or with suicidal thoughts’ Samaritans 

Option 4 – 'Youth workshop' OCD Youth, with Chris Baier & Rich Taylor 

The full programme for the day can be found here.

Click here to purchase your conference tickets! 

OCD Action Members will, as always, receive a 20% discount on Conference tickets, and if you'd like to become an OCD Action Member today to support our work, and obtain the lower price ticket, please click the link below.

Become an OCD Action member!

OCD Action Members should also note that the Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on the same day as the Conference, Saturday 11 May, and in the same venue, Friends House.  The Conference will finish at 5.00 pm and the AGM will take place immediately afterwards, from 5.15 pm to 5.45 pm.  Information on the AGM will be provided to all Members separately, during April.

Please also note that we have not increased Conference ticket prices for several years to ensure the event remains affordable to as many as possible but if you are in a position to make a donation in addition to purchasing your ticket, this will help support the event and the Charity's work. You can add your donation to your booking form when you purchase your ticket.


This year, for the very first time, we will also be live streaming the Conference, for a significantly reduced price of a regular ticket. If you are unable to attend the Conference in person, and would like to find out more about watching it via live stream, please click here.


If you would like to see videos from our 2018 National Conference, head to this page of our website and scroll down to 'Videos & Presentations'!

We look forward to seeing you on 11 May!