Support & Treatment

Minister backs our OCD manifesto

The Minister for Care and Support, Norman Lamb MP, has given his backing to our manifesto for improving access to quality treatment for OCD.

Over the last year, the Charity met with service users, volunteers, clinicians and other stakeholders to identify how we can all work together to ensure that people with OCD can access the quality treatment that they need. Our manifesto sets out the specific actions that we want to see taken and calls for the Department of Health, the NHS and clinicians to work with us to make them happen.

New Online OCD Scotland Support Group

OCD Action's 'Better Together Project' is now supporting an independent online support group specifically for people with OCD, family members and carers living in Scotland.

The group uses Skype (but audio only, no visual) and you will be given full support in setting this up. If you would prefer you can be added to the group using a land line or mobile number instead. The group is facilitated by three people with personal experience of OCD (a person with the condition, a parent of a child with OCD and a sister of someone that has OCD). 

Online Support Groups

OCD Action supports over 70 independent Support Groups around the country. Support Groups are a great way of meeting others with experiences of OCD, in a safe and relaxed environment. But what happens when you can't get to a local Support Group? Well now there are a number of Online Support groups that you can attend right from the comfort of your home!

Here is a list of all of the current Online Support Groups;

Achieving Better Access to Mental Health Services by 2020*

This week the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, announced that, with a planned increase in funding, treatment for mental health conditions will be brought into line with other NHS services with the introduction of the first ever access & waiting time standards.

One of those standards is that from April 2015 75% of people referred to the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme will be treated within 6 weeks of referral, with 95% of people being treated within 18 weeks.

OCD Recovery Data

OCD Recovery Data

Earlier this week, new data was released that shows how local Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services were doing in helping people with OCD. IAPT services provide data on their performance at regular intervals but this is the first time they have shown their results just for OCD.

We Need To Talk's manifesto for better talking therapies for all

Who is We Need to Talk?

We Need to Talk is a coalition of mental health charities, professional organisations, Royal Colleges and service providers who campaign for better access to psychological therapies for people with mental health problems. 

We are calling on the next Government to invest in psychological therapies, so that the NHS in England can offer a full range of evidence-based psychological therapies to all who need them within 28 days of requesting a referral.

What’s happening at the moment?

Watersure Scheme

If you are diagnosed with OCD and you use more water at home than is considered normal usage, then you MAY be entitled to a capped rate discount with your water company.

The Watersure Scheme applies to all UK water companies with the same criteria throughout. To qualify for the capped discount you must meet the following criteria;

You must have a water meter,

You, or someone living with you, need to receive one of the following:

Your right to choose your mental health service provider

Extension of Choice to People Accessing Mental Health Services

In January of this year Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister, launched the Government’s mental health strategy document, “Closing the Gap”. This document stated that from April 2014 adults with mental health problems will have the legal right -

‘to choose which provider and consultant or mental health professional will be in charge of their care when they attend their first outpatient appointment’.