Media & Awareness

A new play about OCD, Lost in Thought, premiering at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018


We are thrilled to hear that a new play about OCD by Lucy Danser will debut at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018!

Danser uses first- hand experience of living with OCD to explore how intrusive thoughts can control a sufferer's every day and, ultimately, their entire life as well as that of those who love them most. She hopes that Lost in Thought will quash the stereotypes of OCD and help people to develop a better understanding of the condition.

Must-See News Items this Month

What a month it has been! So many people have spoken openly to the media about their experiences of OCD, resulting in some truly inspiring news documentaries and articles. In case you have missed any of these stories, we thought it would be useful to highlight a few of them. It’s not too late to check them out!

It is fantastic to see that people from all walks of life are willing to share their vulnerabilities. We are always inspired by celebrities, like Shannon Purser, who speak out about their battle with OCD as this helps to normalise and destigmatise the condition.

“Take Two”, a short film raising awareness about OCD in young people

Following treatment at the Priory in North London for severe OCD, 13 year old Charlotte Fuller wanted to help other children experiencing mental health problems to get the support they need. She and her friend Maria have made a short film “Take Two”, raising awareness about OCD in young people and launching their new charity website for children with mental health conditions.

We recently caught up with Charlotte and her mum, Marie Fuller, to find out more about Charlotte’s story.

Mental Health in the Metropolis

A few weeks ago, popular news outlet - The London Evening Standard - began releasing a series of video documentaries about what life is like living in a city with a mental health condition. 

The series, entitled Mental Health in the Metropolis, was created by video journalist Alex Gatenby, who feels passionately about mental health campaigning. The series she created has given a real insight into the daily lives of those battling mental ill health, and has raised awareness about a range of conditions. Much to our delight, one of these videos focused on OCD.

Spotlight on Happiness Campaign - Bradford Grammar School

As part of #InternationalDayofHappiness, Bradford Grammar School (BGS) have launched a new campaign today, 'Spotlight on Happiness'.

This campaign focuses on this ‘whole school approach’ and features an in-depth look across ‘Well-being and Mental Health’ as well as other areas, for example, ‘Creativity and the Arts’, ‘Community Outreach and Enrichment’, ‘Sport and Healthy Living’ and ‘Personalised Teaching’.

BGS Headmaster, Simon Hinchliffe explains how the campaign came about:

'Living With Me And My OCD' - a film by Claire Watkinson

Raising awareness of OCD is one of the Charitys key objectives, and throughout the year we work closely with the media to ensure OCD is accurately portrayed. Although we feel we are making progress, there are still too many occasions when OCD is not portrayed correctly. The damage this can cause to those living with the condition is huge. We are passionate about changing these misconceptions, and banishing stigma altogether, so that no one living with OCD feels ashamed to speak out and get the support and treatment they so rightly deserve.

A Day in My Head is published!

Some of you may know the lovely Aron Bennett, who has previously volunteered with OCD Action for many years. As well as his dedication to supporting others with the condition, Aron has also written two books about his experiences of living with OCD and anxiety. A Day in My Head is Aron's latest project, but this time, there are close to 100 authors involved (including some of the staff and volunteers at the Charity!). We asked Aron to tell us a bit about A Day in My Head. here's what he said: