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.
The Money and Mental Health Policy Institute (MMHPI) is a new organisation backed by Martin Lewis from MoneySavingExpert, aiming to improve the lives of those with mental health conditions and financial problems.
Could you be a Volunteer Advocate?
We are currently looking for Volunteer Advocates to work with our Advocacy Manager and Lead Advocate, to provide a vital and unique Advocacy Service for people affected by OCD.
Why should you apply?
Following some very exciting news, our Lead Advocate, Kenna, will be taking some time away from OCD Action. Whilst away on maternity leave, we are currently looking to recruit a new Lead Advocate to fill Kenna's shoes.
OCD Action's Advocacy service is the only one of its kind in the UK. Working with people who have OCD to secure their rights to access quality treatment and to be treated fairly at home, in education and at work. The service has recently secured 5 years funding from the Big Lottery Fund.
Connect Week (‘CW’) will take place from 5 October 2015 – 11 October 2015, although groups that don’t meet during this week are welcome to join in the two weeks before and the two weeks after these dates.
CW is an OCD Action Better Together project initiative for support groups.
The OCD Action Helpline currently offers support and information to people affected by OCD, BDD and related disorders, over the phone and by email. We recently decided to expand this service, and are now very pleased to announce that as of September, we will also be offering an e-Helpline instant messaging service for young people!