By Mairead Ruane
Media & Awareness
Yesterday marked the started of this year’s OCD Awareness Week (#OCDWeek), a campaign set up by the International OCD Foundation and supported by hundreds of people and organisations across the world.
With World Mental Health Day and OCD Week just around the corner (more information on that soon!), we thought it'd be the perfect time to share information about a new awareness project we have recently heard about.
The mainstream media often portrays OCD as a quirky personality trait, but as we know, OCD is far more complex than this. We were recently made aware of a new short documentary called 'Mind Games', which aims to give a voice to those struggling with types of intrusive thoughts that can be a really common symptom of OCD, but aren't often spoken about, such as sexual and violent intrusive thoughts. Through this open discussion, the filmmakers of this documentary hope to chip away at the stigma surrounding OCD.
Awareness and understanding of OCD has significantly improved over the last few years, and we continue to work hard every day with the community to keep talking about the real OCD and to try and change misconceptions.
OCD Action is passionate about supporting other mental health organisations, and collaborating with them to ensure that together we are supporting as many people affected by OCD and related conditions as we possibly can. That's why we were so excited to be contacted by a brand new non-profit organisation - Mad Millennials. Co-founded by Charlotte Brockman and Lauren Bamford, the aim of Mad Millennials is to support the millennial generation with their mental health, through awareness, connection, events and peer-to-peer support.
OCD Action recently had the pleasure of meeting Pete Eliot, an independent filmmaker passionate about reducing mental health stigma. Pete very kindly gave OCD Action the opportunity to take part in a new documentary series for Mental Health Awareness Month which takes place throughout May. Instrumental Health not only highlights a range of mental health conditions, but also covers important topics such as mental health in the workplace and in the music industry.
Pete Eliot, creator of Instrumental Health said:
We are always really excited when we are contacted about a new creative project, and this time was no different! OCD Action recently met with a group of filmmakers who are creating an exciting new short film about OCD - "Blood is Thicker Than Water" (BITTW), with the support of the London Film Academy.
Author Maximilian Hawker (@MaxHawker) works in frontline children’s social care and has been affected by OCD since he was a child. He has done work on raising awareness of OCD in conjunction with OCD Action in the past, including writing a piece for our newsletter and appearing on BBC Radio London.