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The London Marathon isn't the only fundraising event going on this weekend!

While OCD Action doesn’t have anyone running for us in the Marathon this year, we have some fundraisers who are doing amazing things in their own right.

For example, on the same day as the Marathon,...

Posted on: 18th April 2017 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

Last week we told you about our Helpline Co-ordinator Christian Bower, who decided that running the Helpline wasn't enough: he was also going to run a Marathon!

Christian took on the Herculean task of competing in the Brighton Marathon on Sunday 9th April. And we’re delighted to...

Posted on: 13th April 2017 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

16 year old Abbi Willetts and her sister Saskia are truly going the distance to help people with OCD.

Abbi has had OCD since she was four years old, and is determined to help others who are in the same position. So this summer Abbi and Saskia will be walking a whopping 48 miles to...

Posted on: 10th April 2017 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

Last week, we told you that Katherine Ratcliffe, and her partner Lee, were going to be taking place in the Xrunner Wild Mud Run on Saturday 1st April. A long, challenging obstacle course with a plethora of challenging obstacles, it promised to be a truly exciting event.

So we're...

Posted on: 6th April 2017 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

It takes a lot of commitment to run a marathon. Months of grueling training culminating in 26.2 mile behemoth – it’s certainly not for the faint of heart!

But that hasn’t put off the incredible Christian Bower, who on Sunday 9th April (this weekend) will be taking on the Brighton...

Posted on: 3rd April 2017 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

This Saturday is 1st April. But there’s no April Fools happening for us – instead, we have another event from one of our wonderful fundraisers!

Katherine Ratcliffe and her partner Lee will be taking part in the Xrunner Wild Mud Run, a thrilling, grueling obstacle course in...

Posted on: 30th March 2017 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

Last weekend was the first running event from the amazing Sarah Guy, who is doing an unbelievable amount of running this year -- all in the name of helping people with OCD through raising awareness and donations!

This year, Sarah will be competing in an astonishing nine running...

Posted on: 24th March 2017 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

Want to take part in a fantastic fundraising opportunity, and be part of a truly inspiring event?

OCD Action will be entering the Charity Walk for Peace on Sunday 14th May.

Completely free to enter and open to people of all ages and abilities, this fantastic event is a...

Posted on: 23rd March 2017 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

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...

Posted on: 20th March 2017 by: Olivia
Categories Media & Awareness

The year for fundraising runs is well and truly underway!

Last weekend, on Sunday 12th March, the incredible Camilla Brice ran in the Fradley 10K in Staffordshire. Camilla was running to raise awareness and funds to help people with the disorder, as the condition is very close to...

Posted on: 17th March 2017 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

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...

Posted on: 13th March 2017 by: Olivia
Categories Media & Awareness

We've got a lot of wonderful running events coming up this year from our fundraisers. Whether it be 10Ks, Half Marathons or Marathons, we’re hugely grateful to all the amazing people who throw their backs out to raise donations to help people with OCD through running.

And kicking...

Posted on: 9th March 2017 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

February has been a great month for fundraising, in no small part due to the efforts of two groups of amazing fundraisers.

One of these is the Youth Action Panel (or YAP), who put on a couple of cake sales and coffee mornings at their local schools and colleges, motivated by the...

Posted on: 6th March 2017 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

The OCD Action Even Better Together (EBT) team work hard throughout the year to support the huge network of independent support groups throughout the UK. With over 90 local groups, and 11 online groups, this network provides vital support for people affected by OCD, BDD, Hoarding Issues, and...

Posted on: 1st March 2017 by: Olivia
Categories Get involved, Our Events

You may remember a few months back, we told you about A Day in My Head - a unique project which combined close to 100 different accounts of living with mental ill health. Put together by Aron Bennett, author of The Walking Worried, A Day in My Head has already been flying off shelves, and...

Posted on: 16th February 2017 by: Olivia
Categories Get involved

Calling all Manchester music fans!

This weekend some of our loyal fundraisers are going to be putting on a concert, Artists Taking Action, to raise donations for OCD Action and awareness of the disorder.

Taking place over two nights (19th-20th February) at the city’s bustling...

Posted on: 16th February 2017 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

Putting off booking that doctors appointment? Frustrated by lack of services in your local area? Then now is the time to do something about it! OCD Week of Action is back, and it's going to be bigger than ever! What is Week of Action?

OCD Week of Action is a campaigning week, where we...

Posted on: 13th February 2017 by: Olivia

Do you want to help people with OCD or BDD fight for their rights? With flexible volunteering hours, full training and guidance, and the opportunity to learn new skills and expertise - the Advocacy Volunteer role could be for you!

We are looking for passionate, dedicated volunteers...

Posted on: 8th February 2017 by: Olivia
Categories Get involved, OCD Action

We’re super excited about all of the amazing fundraising coming up this year, and the first event is coming from our very own Youth Action Panel. Not only are the new YAP committed to improving the lives of young people with OCD all over the country and raising awareness of the disorder,...

Posted on: 6th February 2017 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

OCD Action's Annual General Meeting (AGM) is a unique opportunity to have your say about the work that we do, and help shape our year's activities. This is an OCD Action Member exclusive event, overseen by our Board of Trustees and Director.

The AGM will be held at Voluntary Action...

Posted on: 17th January 2017 by: Philip Moore
Categories Our Events

Anyone who followed us last year will know that it was an incredible year for fundraising. From Tom Clancy’s three month cross-country walk to Chase and Kate’s epic cycle around Iceland to JP Morris’s year-round fundraising efforts, last year was full of people doing amazing things to...

Posted on: 16th January 2017 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

Could you help? OCD Action have been contacted by a market research agency, who are carrying out a study on people affected by OCD or BDD, looking at Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and how it helps them to manage their condition. Three participants are still required for this...

Posted on: 6th January 2017 by: Olivia
Categories Get involved

As 2016 draws to a close, it’s good to take a moment to reflect on the past year at OCD Action. The Charity has been working hard to improve and grow our support services for people affected by OCD and related disorders, and to increase the profile of OCD and mental health amongst the...

Posted on: 21st December 2016 by: Olivia
Categories OCD Action

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...

Posted on: 15th November 2016 by: Olivia
Categories Media & Awareness

On the Saturday 22nd October 2016, OCD Action’s Even Better Together support group project (funded by Big Lottery Fund) held its fourth annual Facilitator day in Birmingham (De Vere venues). The day is always a great opportunity for UK OCD/BDD & Hoarding support group facilitators to...

Posted on: 14th November 2016 by: Olivia
Categories Our Events

It may only be November, but the festive season is creeping up on us (whether we like it or not!), and you might even be starting to think about about stocking up on cards to send to family and friends. 

Posted on: 9th November 2016 by: Olivia
Categories OCD Action

We’re pleased to announce that our partnership with the Lakes International Comic Art Festival at their 2016 festival has been a hugely successful!

A massive celebration of comic art in all its forms, the festival took over the town of Kendal on the weekend of 14th-16th October, and...

Posted on: 26th October 2016 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

Fundraising can be a great excuse to also work on your own physical wellbeing. Whether it be through running, cycling, walking or swimming, people often use their fundraising target to motivate themselves to get healthier.

The latest fundraiser to do just that is Laura Moloney, who...

Posted on: 21st October 2016 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

Reality Check Support Group in Macclesfield is 10 years old!

From left to right: Bev Nixon, Louise Coppack, Maureen Brotherston, Emma McNeely, Debbie Cox and Honor Simpson

Reality Check, the OCD, BDD and Hoarding Support Group in Macclesfield was set up 10 years ago by...

Posted on: 18th October 2016 by: Olivia
Categories Support & Treatment

We’ve had a lot of fundraisers taking on amazing physical challenges recently. While these are all incredible, all of the runs, treks, dives and cycles our fundraisers are up to can make fundraising seem absolutely exhausting, not to mention out of bounds for those who aren’t able to do a...

Posted on: 17th October 2016 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

As OCD Awareness Week draws to a close, it’s the perfect time to draw attention to two of our recent star fundraisers!

First is Sam Parker, who a few weeks ago set out on the ambitious challenge to run three separate 10K runs on three consecutive weekends. When we last updated you,...

Posted on: 14th October 2016 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

This weekend was the Chester Marathon, a 26 mile run through a beautiful historic city. But for John-Paul "JP" Morris, one of our fundraisers, it was much more than that: it was the culmination of a year of incredible fundraising activities the honour the memory of a great man: Daniel...

Posted on: 10th October 2016 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

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...

Posted on: 7th October 2016 by: Olivia
Categories Get involved

Our fundraisers are always going above and beyond to help people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Now we have someone who is so committed to the cause that she’s actually going to jump out of a plane!

Charlotte Davison, who has OCD, finds that her condition stops her from doing a...

Posted on: 3rd October 2016 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

Last weekend was an excellent one for fundraising, mainly due to the amazing efforts of two of our OCD Action runners!

We told you last week that Annah Salter would be running the Robin Hood Half Marathon on Sunday 25th September in order to raise awareness of OCD, a disorder that...

Posted on: 30th September 2016 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

The Hringvegurinn expedition has finished!

A couple of months ago, history students Chase Caldwell Smith and Kate Ellison bravely set out to cycle 1332km around the edge of Iceland. This wasn’t a leisurely ride, as the route included lots of busy, icy, mountainous roads and they had...

Posted on: 29th September 2016 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

If you’re a regular follower, you’ll probably be aware of the astounding Fundraising efforts of John-Paul “JP” Morris, who has been spending the last year raising donations for OCD Action in memory of his best friend Dan Hulme. After running the Manchester 10K, putting on a successful...

Posted on: 26th September 2016 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

OCD Action is hugely excited to announce that we are partnering with the Lakes International Comic Arts Festival as their official charity.

Taking place on the 14th-16th October, the Festival is an absolutely huge event which brings some of the biggest comic artists and writers from...

Posted on: 22nd September 2016 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

This month two of our fantastic fundraisers will be doing two very different -- but equally challenging -- running events.

For most of us, doing a single 10K run requires a lot of effort in itself. Well meet Sam Parker, who over the next month will be running not one, not two, but...

Posted on: 16th September 2016 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

It's been three long, challenging months, but Tom Clancy has finally made it!

As we've written about before, Tom has been embarking on a very tough challenge to raise awareness of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: for the last three months, Tom has been walking the entire length of the...

Posted on: 15th September 2016 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

What a weekend we’ve had for fundraising!

As some of you may know, Sunday 11th September was the day of the hallowed Great North Run. The largest half-marathon in the world, the event broke records this year for featuring more people from different countries than any running event...

Posted on: 12th September 2016 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

The Campaign

At OCD Action, we love nothing more than seeing people joining together to fight mental health stigma. The #itaffectsme campaign does just this. Created by Laura Darrall after a long battle with OCD, this simple hashtag has got people all over the world starting conversations...

Posted on: 7th September 2016 by: Olivia
Categories Media & Awareness

Want to raise money to help people with OCD just by doing your regular online shopping? Well, thanks to the website Give as you Live, you now can – and without having to spend a penny more than you are already!

The way this website works is simple: every time you shop online...

Posted on: 5th September 2016 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

At OCD Action, we want to ensure our services are reaching as many people affected by OCD as possible. The launch of our online support groups back in November 2013 allowed us to reach out to those who may not be able to access support locally. The existing eight online groups have proved...

Posted on: 2nd September 2016 by: Olivia

Rosemont Recruitment, the amazing Bristol-based recruitment company who chose us as their Charity of the Year, have been hard at work as always.

As we informed you all a couple of weeks ago, three members of the Rosemont team were planning to take on the Tough Mudder Half South West...

Posted on: 1st September 2016 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

Music can change people’s lives. For many whose daily existence is consumed by the struggle with OCD, there can be no better escape than listening to a song, album or piece of music they love. So we’re thrilled to hear that one of our fundraisers, Oliver R J Woods, is going to be using...

Posted on: 22nd August 2016 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

There are few events quite like the Great North Run. It’s the biggest running event in the UK and the largest Half Marathon in the world. Its 13.1 mile route begins in Newcastle, and takes its runners over the Tyne Bridge, through Gateshead and towards the lovely coastal town of South...

Posted on: 19th August 2016 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

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.

...

Posted on: 18th August 2016 by: Olivia
Categories Get involved

On Sunday, Richard Taylor achieved the impossible.

For someone with OCD related to contamination issues, what could be a more seemingly impossible task than crawling through five miles of mud, dirt and water, not to mention having to navigate a series of ridiculously tough obstacles...

Posted on: 11th August 2016 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

A little while ago, we told you about Perfect, a new play which aimed to dispel myths about OCD, written by our very own Regional Volunteer, Jeremy Allen and performed by the Saturday Matinee Company (SatMatCo). Having OCD himself, Jeremy was keen to raise awareness of the condition...

Posted on: 11th August 2016 by: Olivia
Categories Media & Awareness

It’s been a while since we last updated you on the continuing fundraising efforts of the wonderful Rosemont Recruitment, the recruitment company that was generous enough to choose us as their very first Charity of the Year. But that’s not to say that they’ve been resting on their laurels...

Posted on: 9th August 2016 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

A huge well done to Rachel Bailey and Lewis Sullivan of Seek Solace, the support group for OCD and Hoarding in York.

This Sunday the two of them ran the ASDA Foundation York 10K, a tough but picturesque run through the gorgeous Northern city. And they both smashed it, raising £360...

Posted on: 8th August 2016 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

In the last few years, we have seen a huge increase in people taking on fundraising challenges to raise money for OCD Action and raise awareness of OCD. They are such an integral part of our team, and without their support and dedication, we could not carry out the work we do.

As...

Posted on: 4th August 2016 by: Olivia
Categories OCD Action

OCD Action’s very own expedition is under way!

A few months ago, we wrote about the plans of two Cambridge students, Chase Caldwell Smith and Kate Ellison, to take on the daunting task of circumnavigating the whole of Iceland… by bicycle. Dubbed the “Hringvegurinn Expedition” (after...

Posted on: 29th July 2016 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

The Tough Mudder. A long, gruelling obstacle course filled with 50,000 litres of mud which tests endurance, strength and teamwork. It’s enough to make even the most outdoorsy person quake in their boots.

So just imagine how tough it must be for our latest fundraiser Richard Taylor,...

Posted on: 27th July 2016 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

A few months ago, OCD Action were delighted to be awarded three years funding from the Big Lottery Fund, to expand our Better Together Project so it's Even Better Together. As the demand for support groups continues to increase, Keira and the EBT team have been working hard to support the...

Posted on: 26th July 2016 by: Olivia
Categories OCD Action

At OCD Action we often have people running for us in order to raise awareness of OCD, but we don’t often get a whole support group doing one. But Seek Solace, the OCD and Hoarding Support Group for York, are planning to do just that! On Sunday 7th August they will be running the ASDA...

Posted on: 25th July 2016 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

John O’Groats to Lands End. 1200 miles. Three months. Three countries. Three mountains. No car. No bus. No trains. Not even a bicycle!

Sounds impossible, right? No living person could possibly manage this?

Well, one of our recent fundraisers, Tom Clancy, is proving us wrong! It's 45...

Posted on: 21st July 2016 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

It’s time for a long overdue update on a fundraiser who has moved us deeply, John-Paul “JP” Morris, and his tireless work over the last few months to honour the memory of his best friend, Dan Hulme (pictured below).

JP has been organising and participating in an astonishing...

Posted on: 21st July 2016 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

A couple of weeks ago we wrote about two of our fundraisers, Katie Maggs and Alice Roberts, who were each taking on a 10K run in Leeds and London respectively. Two different people, in two different fine cities, were both going out of their way to help raise money and awareness for people...

Posted on: 18th July 2016 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

Who remembers Rachel Vickers, the brave hero who was planning to spend an entire night on a tiny portaledge suspended over a cliff? Her daring challenge was scheduled for the 25th July, so you may have been wondering what happened.

Well wonder no more, for Rachel has passed the test...

Posted on: 18th July 2016 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

Leeds and London. Two great cities, each with so much history and so much on offer.  Many differences exist between them, of course, and most Loiners and Londoners would no doubt be very divided on which is the greater city of the two.  But this weekend, Katie Maggs, in Leeds, and Alice...

Posted on: 7th July 2016 by: Philip Moore
Categories Fundraising

We’ve had a really wonderful start to the summer for fundraising! Elyse Clare Brodigan flew the flag for OCD Action in the Great Ocean Road Half Marathon in Australia, raising over $400, while John-Paul (JP) Morris (in memory of his best friend Daniel Hulme, who had OCD) threw a Doctor...

Posted on: 5th July 2016 by: Philip Moore
Categories Fundraising

OCD Action's Advocacy Service is the only one of its kind in the country. Despite being just over five years old, our dedicated team of volunteers, led by our Advocacy Manager and Lead Advocate, have dealt with over 500 cases in that short time, supporting and empowering clients to regain...

Posted on: 28th June 2016 by: Olivia
Categories OCD Action

At OCD Action, we strive to ensure our support services are user friendly, and one way we thought could strongly improve accessibility on our website was by adding a piece of software that would offer reading, speech and translation tools to support our site visitors. So without further...

Posted on: 16th June 2016 by: Olivia
Categories OCD Action

Do you suffer from vertigo? You may want to look away now. Because what one of our amazing fundraisers is about to do could make even a seasoned daredevil go weak at the knees!

Rachel Vickers has OCD herself, and wanted to raise money and awareness for OCD Action in a way that would...

Posted on: 16th June 2016 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

When we told you about Hannah Keep’s plans to swim 10km in the Great North Swim last week, a part of us couldn’t help but think “Is that even humanly possible?”

Well, the answer is a resounding yes! Hannah not only managed to complete the swim, but she completely smashed it. She...

Posted on: 14th June 2016 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

We are half way through 2016 and what an exciting year it has been so far for OCD Action. The demand for our services is higher than ever; this signifies that awareness of OCD is improving, and people are reaching out and seeking the help they deserve.

We also have an exciting...

Posted on: 10th June 2016 by: Olivia
Categories OCD Action

Ever heard of Rosemont Recruitment? They’re a company that specialises in recruitment in the construction sector in Southern England and Wales. But this year, they’re also going to be recruiting their own staff to help our cause!

With any organisation, there will always be people...

Posted on: 10th June 2016 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

With the summer coming up, it feels like a good time to go out for a swim. Hannah Keep, one of our fundraisers, is doing just that. But not just any swim: Hannah is going to be swimming a whopping 10km!

On 12th June, Hannah will be taking place in the Great North Swim. Taking place...

Posted on: 3rd June 2016 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

It seems like our fundraisers just won’t stop coming up with mindblowingly hardcore challenges to help people with OCD! This month will see the start of the latest fundraising activity to make you go “Wait... they’re doing what?”

Posted on: 2nd June 2016 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

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...

Posted on: 31st May 2016 by: Olivia
Categories Get involved

All year round our wonderful fundraisers are often doing all kinds of things to raise awareness for OCD Action, but it’s not often they get declared an official expedition of the University of Cambridge!

Chase Caldwell Smith and Kate Ellison are two second year history students at...

Posted on: 20th May 2016 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

This weekend was arguably pretty disappointing for Australia, with their last-minute Eurovision defeat at the hands of Ukraine. But fortunately, things have gone better for our very own Australian fundraiser!

Remember Elyse Clare Brodigan, who was set to run the Great Ocean Road...

Posted on: 18th May 2016 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

Further Guidance on Your Right to Choose a Consultant-led Outpatient Mental Health Service Anywhere in England

Since April 2014, if you live in England, you have had the right to choose the consultant-led outpatient mental health service your GP refers you to. This service can be...

Posted on: 17th May 2016 by: Olivia
Categories Support & Treatment

We at OCD Action have been incredibly touched recently by the vast efforts of John-Paul “JP” Morris, who is planning to do no less than four huge fundraising events for OCD Action.

JP will be taking on these activities on in memory of his best friend, Dan Hulme, who sadly passed...

Posted on: 13th May 2016 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

We have some exciting news - OCD Action are recruiting!

We are looking for a Fundraising Manager and a Lead Fundraiser to join our small and hard-working staff team. These roles will be responsible for raising both core and project income to support the Charity’s work and improve...

Posted on: 10th May 2016 by: Olivia
Categories OCD Action

G’day, everyone! OCD affects people all over the world, and many of these countries don’t have much in the way of dedicated OCD charities. Although we’re a UK charity, our reach is much wider than our own country, and we get calls, emails and forum posts from all kinds of places. So it’s...

Posted on: 4th May 2016 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

Posted on: 29th April 2016 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

A few weeks ago we told you about the two fundraising runs that were coming up on the 17th April by the wonderful Katie and Eleanor, who were both running on behalf of friends or family with the disorder. We’ve been a while getting back to you on how they did, but don’t think that means...

Posted on: 27th April 2016 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

We’re always giving you news about the sporting activities people are doing to raise awareness for OCD, but once in a while it’s nice to hear of other types of fundraiser. And next week, Camellia Ann Cressey will be raising awareness through the theatre, darling!

Camellia has...

Posted on: 20th April 2016 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

OCD Action is the largest national charity focusing on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Our vision is of a society where OCD is better understood and diagnosed quickly, where appropriate treatment options are open and accessible, where support and information are readily available and where...

Posted on: 12th April 2016 by: Olivia
Categories OCD Action

OCD doesn’t just affect those who have the disorder: it can also have a huge impact on the people around them. And coming up this month we have two examples of people so inspired by those they love with the disorder that they will be taking on sponsored runs for OCD Action.

On the...

Posted on: 8th April 2016 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

Last Sunday, Bronwen Chatman set out to run the Reading Half Marathon, along with her friend Millie, for OCD Action. But did she succeed?

You bet she did!

Bronwen managed to finish the run in an impressive 2 hours 29 minutes. Considering that beforehand she was nervous about...

Posted on: 5th April 2016 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

Move aside superheroes: this is the really important showdown of the next few weeks. Bronwen Chatman will be running the Reading Half Marathon on 3rd April, and she’s doing it for OCD Action!

It’s always inspiring when people challenge themselves to do things like this when affected...

Posted on: 23rd March 2016 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

We know you’re all dying to know how Dean Breed and John Rowlands, who we wrote about a couple of weeks ago, have done in their respective half marathons.

Fortunately the answer for both is “brilliantly”!

Posted on: 23rd March 2016 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

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. 

The MMHPI are conducting a survey to gather stories and information...

Posted on: 16th March 2016 by: Olivia
Categories Get involved

We’ve had an outpouring of support recently from people eager to sign up to do half-marathons for OCD Action. Recently we’ve had Philippa and Charlie in Kingston and Jodie in Coventry running for us, and they’re only the beginning!

Posted on: 8th March 2016 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

As we told you last week there were two incredible runs last weekend to raise money and awareness for people with OCD. Philippa and Charlie Marriott set out to run the Kingston Half Marathon, and Jodie Greenfield ran the Coventry one.

So we have some great news: they both succeeded...

Posted on: 3rd March 2016 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

Jack Pridmore has done it again!

Jack has completed his gargantuan I Did My Mile challenge (which we told you about a few weeks ago) for our Week of Action. To draw attention to the way that OCD comes in many different forms, and how every person’s experience of OCD is completely...

Posted on: 3rd March 2016 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

At OCD Action we often draw attention to fundraising events involving running, climbing or other forms of physical exercise. But this isn’t the only way to raise money and awareness for our cause. For instance, Jack Robinson is fundraising for us using his own professional medium: music...

Posted on: 23rd February 2016 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

We may have just finished our Week of Action, but that doesn’t mean that there’s going to be an end to exciting fundraising events in the near future. Quite the opposite in fact, as we have two separate half-marathons this weekend alone!

Remember Philippa and Charlie Marriott, who...

Posted on: 23rd February 2016 by: Charlie Loveday
Categories Fundraising

It's back again, OCD Week of Action was a huge success last year, with so many of you getting involved and creating action plans to help fight OCD!

This year we want you to push yourselves even harder, and do even more to take action!

Posted on: 9th February 2016 by: Olivia
Categories Get involved

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?

We will provide you with all the...

Posted on: 3rd February 2016 by: Olivia
Categories Get involved

Gareth Crossman has resigned as Director of OCD Action and the Charity will be appointing a new Director in due course. The Trustees would like to thank Gareth for his contribution to the Charity and wish him the very best for the future.

All the services provided by OCD Action...

Posted on: 2nd February 2016 by: Olivia
Categories OCD Action

We recently updated you on all of the exciting community fundraising events happening in the next few months, and now we are in February, one of those events is just a few weeks away!

Philippa and Charlie Marriott got married in August last year (congratulations!) and asked their...

Posted on: 1st February 2016 by: Olivia
Categories Fundraising

At OCD Action, we speak to many people who are having difficulty accessing good quality treatment for their OCD, despite the fact that from April 2014, adults with mental health problems have had the legal right –

‘to choose which provider and consultant or mental health...

Posted on: 26th January 2016 by: Olivia
Categories Support & Treatment

Some of you may remember Jack Pridmore, who went on a HUGE fundraising journey around every county in England this time last year.

Well, he’s back again! And he’s ready to undertake a task which is just as daunting as the last one.

On Monday 15th February (the first day of our...

Posted on: 22nd January 2016 by: Olivia
Categories Fundraising

2015 was an absolutely thrilling year for community fundraising at OCD Action! From Jack Pridmore’s epic journey around England in February, to Alex and James’s 3-peak challenge in July, to Lowri Hadden’s gruelling Tough Mudder in September, we’ve had people all year round going to great...

Posted on: 15th January 2016 by: Philip Moore
Categories Fundraising

As 2015 draws to a close, we would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who has been involved with the Charity's work over the last year. With your invaluable help, we feel we have been able to support more people affected by OCD than ever before. We have big plans for 2016 and...

Posted on: 18th December 2015 by: Olivia
Categories OCD Action

At the 2015 Better Together Facilitator Day, OCD Action were extremely pleased to announce the first ever Charter Standard support group - West Midlands OCD, BDD & Hoarding Support Group! To read more about the Charter click here. 

Following the event, we caught up with the WMOCD...

Posted on: 11th December 2015 by: Olivia
Categories Support & Treatment

Our Stakeholder day is now just one week away! This event allows us to consult with our members, supporters and other stakeholders about our future plans. It is an opportunity to have your say, and is a FREE event, open to anyone interested in OCD, OCD Action and the work that we do.

...
Posted on: 20th November 2015 by: Philip Moore
Categories Event news

Later this month, OCD Youth is launching a brand new virtual helpline for young people with OCD. The OCD Youth e-Helpline is an instant messaging helpline, providing a listening and information support service to young people under 25 who have (or think they might have) OCD.

You...

Posted on: 17th November 2015 by: Olivia
Categories Support & Treatment

Our Stakeholder day is only a few weeks away! This event gives us an opportunity to discuss our work, and to consult with members, supporters and other stakeholders about our future plans. It is an opportunity to have your say! This is a FREE event, and open to all members, volunteers and...

Posted on: 6th November 2015 by: Olivia
Categories Our Events

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...

Posted on: 30th October 2015 by: Olivia
Categories OCD Action, Get involved

Earlier this month we told you about Sharon MacDonald’s brave decision to run the Dublin Marathon. We’re thrilled to report that she managed to run a staggering 23.5 miles, and raised an absolutely huge £515.60 in the process! Sharon, who has had OCD for 20 years, was so passionate about...

Posted on: 29th October 2015 by: Olivia
Categories Fundraising

OCD Action has had a thrilling few weeks for events from our wonderful fundraisers! Lowri Hadden recently conquered the intense Tough Mudder, and now another of our fundraisers is taking on a less muddy – but equally tough – challenge!

Posted on: 16th October 2015 by: Olivia
Categories Fundraising

Launched in 2009 by the International OCD Foundation, OCD Awareness Week aims to raise understanding and awareness of what OCD is, and how it affects people. It runs from 11-17th October, and is celebrated by organisations and individuals worldwide.

Posted on: 12th October 2015 by: Olivia
Categories Media & Awareness

Last month we wrote about the amazing Lowri Hadden as she attempted to undertake the gruelling “Tough Mudder”, a 10-12 mile military-style obstacle course which requires strength, endurance and a healthy dose of teamwork. We’re very pleased to report that her mission was a roaring success...

Posted on: 6th October 2015 by: Olivia
Categories Fundraising

When?

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.

Who?

CW is an OCD Action Better Together project initiative...

Posted on: 1st October 2015 by: Olivia
Categories Our Events, Get involved

On the Sunday morning of Jeremy Corbyn’s first full day as leader of the Labour Party and the official opposition to the Government, he snubbed the traditional interview on the Andrew Marr Show. Instead he attended a constituency event in support of his local NHS Mental Health Trust.

...
Posted on: 16th September 2015 by: Olivia
Categories Our Campaigns

At the start of the summer, our wonderful community fundraisers faced some pretty tough challenges in their mountaineering, peak-scaling and hill-running exploits.  And as the summer draws to a close, along comes a tough challenge to challenge the toughest of tough challenges - the...

Posted on: 4th September 2015 by: Olivia
Categories Fundraising

The next OCD Youth event is only a few days away and this time round, it's indoor skiing!

The event will be held at Hemel Hemptstead Snow Centre, and you will get the chance to choose between an number of exciting snowy sporty activities including skiing, snowboarding and sledging...

Posted on: 1st September 2015 by: Olivia
Categories Get involved, Our Events

OCD Action are working hard to ensure that the best possible treatment is available for those affected by OCD and related disorders. The following training days are coming up in 2015/16 for health professionals and we urge as many local mental health services as possible to attend the training...

Posted on: 12th August 2015 by: Olivia
Categories Support & Treatment

Posted on: 11th August 2015 by: Olivia
Categories Support & Treatment

The fourth series of Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners has recently come to an end, and sadly our thoughts on the programme have not changed. Below are the points we have raised with Betty TV and Channel 4. Following the fourth series, OCD Action will continue to challenge Betty TV to re-evaluate...

Posted on: 5th August 2015 by: Olivia
Categories Media & Awareness

In response to the promises made in our Call to Action document which was published in January 2015, our research volunteers have been working hard at OCD Action to investigate ways in which you can access the best quality treatment and care.

Posted on: 3rd August 2015 by: Olivia
Categories Support & Treatment

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...

Posted on: 17th July 2015 by: Olivia
Categories OCD Action, Get involved

What an exciting month it has been for community fundraising events; first Tim's South Downs Marathon, then our fundraiser's climb up Mont Blanc, and to top it off, Alex's and James's 3 peaks challenge, which they completed last week!

Alex and James set out to run up all 3 peaks (...

Posted on: 16th July 2015 by: Olivia
Categories Fundraising

Could you be an OCD Action Volunteer Advocate?

We have been awarded 5 years funding from the Big Lottery Fund to provide a new service, called ‘Advocacy for OCD’ and we are now looking for 20 volunteers across England only to be part of this unique & exciting service.

Posted on: 15th July 2015 by: ocd-action
Categories OCD Action, Get involved

As reported in previous news, June was the first of two mountainous months of fundraising for OCD Action.

Saturday June 20th saw Tim Wright’s superb effort in the South Downs Marathon, in which he finished in 99th place from a field of over 500 runners. Tim completed the marathon in...

Posted on: 3rd July 2015 by: Olivia
Categories Fundraising

OCD Action was recently contacted by Leeds Beckett University, as they are currently offering a fully funded full-time PhD studentship on sexual obsessions in adults with OCD.

The University considers that the opportunity would suit someone who has studied Psychology at...

Posted on: 23rd June 2015 by: Olivia
Categories Get involved

As part of our Big Lottery funded Advocacy for OCD Service, over the next five years we will be looking at local and regional trends in treatment and attitudes to try to improve things for a wider number of people. We are carrying out a national survey to map the treatment experiences of...

Posted on: 18th June 2015 by: Olivia

Since the launch of our OCD Youth project, the OCD Youth Advisory Panel (YAP) have been working hard to ensure that the voices of young people are heard. We are always searching for ways to get involved and influence change and you now have a fantastic opportunity to have your say on...

Posted on: 17th June 2015 by: Olivia
Categories Get involved

June and July are mountainous months for OCD Action fundraisers! As reported in our last news article, Tim is taking part in the South Downs Marathon on 20th June, and Alex and James endeavour to complete the 3 peaks challenge in the first week of July...but it doesn't end there! Next...

Posted on: 12th June 2015 by: Olivia
Categories Fundraising

The OCD Action Helpline and email service offers help, information and support for people with OCD, carers and anyone who is concerned that they, or their friends or relatives, may have OCD or a related disorder.

The Charity recently decided, that to improve this service, we needed...

Posted on: 4th June 2015 by: Olivia
Categories OCD Action

May was an exciting month for Community Fundraising events, and the excitement will continue during June and July!

In just a few short weeks on the 20th June, Tim Wright will be taking part in the South Downs Marathon in order to raise money for people affected by OCD. Tim has set...

Posted on: 4th June 2015 by: Olivia
Categories Fundraising

Last weekend was filled with fantastic Community Fundraising events, and OCD Action would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who was involved!

Tracey completed the Hackney Half Marathon and raised a fantastic amount of money for three charities supporting those affected by OCD...

Posted on: 15th May 2015 by: Olivia
Categories Fundraising

OCD Action are sadly saying goodbye to Nick Barber, who has been the Charity's Lead Advocate for the last year. Nick has done a fantastic job supporting volunteers and clients with Advocacy issues, and we wish him the best of luck in the future.

Posted on: 7th May 2015 by: Olivia
Categories OCD Action

There are lots of exciting Community Fundraising events taking place at the moment, and many people are very kindly raising money for OCD Action.

Coming up this weekend, Christian Bower and Tracey Taylor will both be taking on the challenge of running the Hackney Half Marathon.

...
Posted on: 6th May 2015 by: Olivia
Categories Fundraising

We were really pleased to have the support of a number of fantastic charities at the OCD Action National Conference in Manchester. Now, the BDD Foundation, who had an exhibition stand at our event, will be hosting the first ever International Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) Conference on...

Posted on: 28th April 2015 by: Olivia
Categories Support & Treatment

After seven years of working at OCD Action, it is with great sadness that we are saying goodbye to our Director, Joel Rose. Joel has done a huge amount for the Charity and he will really be missed.

"I am sad to be going but I know that I can leave the Charity in a great place, and...

Posted on: 28th April 2015 by: Olivia
Categories OCD Action

Following Jack Pridmore’s mammoth journey around England in February, Elizabeth Bailey kept OCD Action’s fundraising (and running!) momentum going in March by completing the Colchester half-marathon. All told, Elizabeth’s fantastic fundraising efforts raised over £550 to help people...

Posted on: 24th April 2015 by: Olivia
Categories Fundraising

Conference is always a highlight of the OCD Action year and this year was no exception. We held the Conference in Manchester last weekend at the Manchester Conference Centre, and it was great to see so many new, as well as familiar, faces!

Throughout the day, we heard from a number...

Posted on: 24th April 2015 by: Olivia
Categories OCD Action, Our Events

OCD Action's National Conference is only 3 days away, so this is your last chance to buy a ticket! 

The OCD Youth event that is taking place alongside the Conference has now officially sold out, but there are still a limited number of tickets available for the main event and the...

Posted on: 15th April 2015 by: Olivia
Categories Our Events

From April 2014 adults with mental health problems have had 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’.

This means that you now have the right to...

Posted on: 9th April 2015 by: Olivia
Categories Support & Treatment

OCD Action's National Conference is less than two weeks away. During the day, you will hear from leading OCD experts, inspirational speakers, and the OCD Action team. As well as this, there will be the chance to have your questions answered in one of our two Q+A sessions. These two...

Posted on: 2nd April 2015 by: Olivia
Categories Our Events

With only 2 weeks to go until OCD Action's National Conference, we are really pleased to announce that this year, a number of highly regarded authors will be attending our Conference. 

Posted on: 2nd April 2015 by: Olivia
Categories Our Events

We are delighted to introduce OCD Action's newest Trustee - David Truswell.

David has worked in adult community based mental health services for over thirty years.

OCD Action want to ensure that people from a diverse range of communities are aware of our work and are able to...

Posted on: 24th March 2015 by: Olivia
Categories OCD Action

2014 was a great year for OCD Action Community Fundraising and we’d like to say a big thank you once again to the following individuals for their wonderful fundraising efforts: Tessa Bannister, Adam Cowell, Jamie Fletcher, Kelly Furzer, Morna Holmes, Emeline Matheou, Jo Morgan, Glenn...

Posted on: 19th March 2015 by: Olivia
Categories Fundraising

Aron Bennet, who is a Regional Volunteer for OCD Action's Better Together project, has just had a book published! 'The Walking Worried' follows Aron's journey with OCD.

Aron will be joining us at our National Conference in May, where he will be taking part in a 'Meet the Authors'...

Posted on: 11th March 2015 by: Olivia
Categories Media & Awareness

Are you unhappy with the OCD treatment you have received? 

If you are dissatisfied with the service you have received from the NHS, this new leaflet from NHS England details how you can give feedback or make a complaint.

Posted on: 10th March 2015 by: Olivia
Categories Support & Treatment

OCD Action are now supporting a new independent OCD Support Group in Stockton-on-Tees and we need your help!

The group is looking for a co-facilitator/helper to work alongside the existing facilitator of this group.

If you are interested, or want to learn more about what this...

Posted on: 6th March 2015 by: Olivia
Categories Get involved

Join OCD Youth for their next exciting event which will be taking place in Manchester! This event will run alongside the OCD Action National Conference on the 18th April and spaces are limited, so have a look at the programme below and book your spot now.

This is a chance to to get...

Posted on: 4th March 2015 by: Olivia
Categories OCD Action, Our Events

OCD Action are thrilled to announce that we have secured 5 years funding for our Advocacy Service from the Big Lottery fund. With this money, we can continue to provide Advocacy support to more people with OCD. 

Click here to learn more about our Advocacy Service. ...

Posted on: 3rd March 2015 by: Olivia
Categories OCD Action, Fundraising

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...

Posted on: 25th February 2015 by: Olivia

Want to get involved with OCD Youth? Join the Youth Advisory Panel!

Who are the YAP?

The Youth Advisory Panel (or YAP for short) are the group of young volunteers in charge of all things OCD Youth.

The newly recruited YAP volunteers will be joining Esme (Chair), India (...

Posted on: 24th February 2015 by: Olivia
Categories Get involved

The Secretary of State for Health is consulting on proposed changes to the NHS Constitution to create a culture of transparency and accountability in the NHS, a key focus of Government policy. OCD Action will be responding to the consultation and if you would like us to include your views...

Posted on: 20th February 2015 by: Olivia
Categories Get involved

Today is University Mental Health Day, and in a recent study conducted by The Priory Group, it was revealed that 85% of students believe there is stigma associated with mental health at university. No one should feel embarrassed about their mental health, so we want to help get rid of this...

Posted on: 18th February 2015 by: Olivia
Categories Media & Awareness

OCD Week of Action is all about fighting back. Everyone can get involved, whether it's taking the first steps to getting help for your OCD, or campaigning for better services, there are actions that you can take!

On Monday the 16th February we will be launching our take action...

Posted on: 13th February 2015 by: Olivia
Categories Get involved, Our Events

Today is Time to Talk day. This campaign, led by Time to Change, is all about fighting stigma surrounding mental health! 

1 in 4 people are affected by mental health issues so no one should feel alone or ashamed. Why don't you take 5 minutes out of your day to have a conversation...

Posted on: 5th February 2015 by: Olivia
Categories Get involved

LEAD ADVOCATE 

£21,000 pro rata (£12,600) Permanent Contract

22.5 hours per week (flexible working) 

Location – flexible, North West preferred

OCD Action is the largest national charity focusing on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Our vision is of a society where OCD...

Posted on: 5th February 2015 by: ocd-action
Categories OCD Action, Get involved

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...

Posted on: 4th February 2015 by: Olivia

OCD Action could not run without the support of our fantastic volunteers and members; we are so grateful to every single person who has dedicated their time to the Charity.

For the last few years, we have awarded a number of Star Supporter awards at our National Conference, to show...

Posted on: 21st January 2015 by: Olivia
Categories Our Events

We are really pleased to announce that OCD Action Volunteer (YAP Social Media Officer) Ellen White is going to be speaking at our 2015 National Conference. Ellen has kindly agreed to be one of our inspirational speakers and share her experiences with OCD.

As well as all the...

Posted on: 15th January 2015 by: Olivia
Categories OCD Action

Posted on: 6th January 2015 by: Olivia
Categories OCD Action, Our Events

On behalf of the trustees and staff of OCD Action, I wish you all a peaceful Christmas and a healthy New Year.

This has been my first year as chair and was also the 20th anniversary of OCD Action.  The charity has developed hugely in those 20 years but lots remains to be done in...

Posted on: 24th December 2014 by: Soxon
Categories OCD Action

2014 is drawing to a close, so we would like to take the opportunity to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who has supported OCD Action over the last year. The Charity could not run without the help of our Volunteers, Members and Fundraisers, so we are extremely grateful for all of your hard...

Posted on: 22nd December 2014 by: Olivia
Categories OCD Action

OCD Action are looking for Helpline Volunteers, could you help?

We are currently looking for London based volunteers, who have personal experience of OCD, either first hand, or through a family member or friend. We now have 2 days of training arranged for: 19th & 26th January...

Posted on: 18th December 2014 by: Olivia
Categories OCD Action, Get involved

Tickets are now available for OCD Action's National Conference 2015, and this time, we will be heading up North to Manchester! 

Conference is all about getting the information, inspiration and motivation you need to fight OCD. It's a fun and supportive event where you can meet...

Posted on: 10th December 2014 by: Olivia
Categories Our Events

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...

Posted on: 3rd December 2014 by: Olivia
Categories Support & Treatment

 

A big congratulations to OCD Youth on reaching 1000 Twitter followers in just over a year! This is a fantastic achievement, so let's aim to have it doubled by 2016!

If you aren't already, follow OCD Youth on Twitter and Facebook.

Posted on: 26th November 2014 by: Olivia
Categories OCD Action

We are delighted to introduce OCD Action's newest Trustee - Lisa Doughty.

Lisa has been a member of OCD Action for a number of years and also has personal experience of OCD; she would now like to get more involved with shaping the Charity's work.

Lisa's field of expertise lies...

Posted on: 21st November 2014 by: Olivia
Categories OCD Action

OCD Action Chair, Gillian Knight, with our '20 years' cake.

The Member and Volunteer meet-up was a great success and we want to say a big thank you to everyone who took the time out to join us and share your ideas, we really hope you found it useful! 

We...

Posted on: 18th November 2014 by: Olivia
Categories Our Events

At the OCD Action Member and Volunteer meet-up, Dr David Veale will be giving an update on OCD, particularly focusing on Mindfulness and exploring how it can be used to help with the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. At OCD Action, we receive a large amount of queries about the...

Posted on: 4th November 2014 by: Olivia
Categories Our Events

In a recent news report by the BBC, Mental Health charity Mind highlighted their concerns over the unacceptably low amount of money local authorities are spending on public mental health. The Charity pointed out that only 1.4% of public health budgets are spent on mental health. You can...

Posted on: 28th October 2014 by: Olivia
Categories Our Campaigns

Our Advocacy Service for adults with a diagnosis of OCD has now been running for 5 years and remains the only OCD-specific service in the UK. Our evaluation looks back over the difference we have made to the lives of those we have worked with, what we have learned along the way and how we see...

Posted on: 23rd October 2014 by: Olivia
Categories Our Services, OCD Action

The OCD Action Member and Volunteer meet up is only a few weeks away! Don't miss out on this great opportunity to catch up with latest developments in OCD and at OCD Action. This event is about setting the agenda for the year ahead, and we want hear your views on what you think the...

Posted on: 23rd October 2014 by: Olivia
Categories Our Events

There have been some fantastic Community Fundraising events happening recently and some really exciting ones are coming up.

A huge thanks to Jo Morgan who ran the Robin Hood Half Marathon recently and to Kelly Furzer, who has now completed her mega bike ride from Land's End to John...

Posted on: 16th October 2014 by: Olivia
Categories Fundraising

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...

Posted on: 9th October 2014 by: Olivia
Categories Support & Treatment

OCDyouth.org is our new site for under 25s with OCD. If that sounds like you, sign up now!

Replacing the OCD at School site, OCDYouth.org is run *by* young people *for* young people (find out more about the OCD Youth panel). The site features blogs, articles and online forums and...

Posted on: 30th September 2014 by: Olivia
Categories OCD Action

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...

Posted on: 18th September 2014 by: Joel

£Free Event / Birmingham / Saturday 15th November 1.30 to 5 pm

OCD Action Member & Volunteer Meet-up event is in Birmingham this year. As well as a great opportunity to catch up with latest developments in OCD and at OCD Action, this event is about setting the agenda for the...

Posted on: 18th September 2014 by: Joel
Categories Our Events

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...

Posted on: 16th September 2014 by: Olivia

OCD Action's Report and Accounts for 2013-14 have now been completed and we are proud to say that we have had our best year ever. With the help of our dedicated volunteers and our generous supporters we have been able to help more people than ever before. You can read more about what has...

Posted on: 8th September 2014 by: Joel
Categories OCD Action

OCD Action’s Community Fundraising team has some more fantastic events coming up soon …

First of all, Kelly Furzer’s massive cycle ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats gets under way this Saturday, 6th September.  Kelly has already raised more than £2,000 for OCD Action this year,...

Posted on: 2nd September 2014 by: Olivia
Categories Fundraising

Join us on 7th September for our epic 3k under 25s canoe challenge on Coniston Water! (Or if you don’t fancy joining us, sponsor our group to show your support)

We’ll all be meeting on that (hopefully) sunny Sunday afternoon  in Ulverston for an exciting Lake District activity day...

Posted on: 26th August 2014 by: trishm
Categories Our Events

Last week it was brought to OCD Action's attention that a potentially offensive product which mocks OCD, is being sold in a range of stores, both online and on the high street. A number of people reacted and as a result of their hard work, the product has been removed from two stores....

Posted on: 20th August 2014 by: Olivia
Categories Media & Awareness

Following her article in the Guardian, author Rose Bretécher has now written a tragicomic memoir about her life with OCD, which she is crowd-funding through Unbound; you can pledge here to help her tell her story. Unbound have kindly set up a discount code just for OCD Action members to...

Posted on: 20th August 2014 by: Olivia
Categories Media & Awareness

Fundraising website 'JustGiving' has recently added a 'Care' button which enables people to show support for their chosen charity.  If OCD Action gets over 100 'cares' in August we could be in with the chance of winning £1,000 for our Charity.  To show your support, simply visit OCD...

Posted on: 13th August 2014 by: Olivia
Categories Fundraising

Ariane Sherine writes for The Guardian and New Humanist magazine, and is lead singer in comedy pop group The Lovely Electric. She has had OCD for nine years, and is always willing to help anyone with OCD. Ariane has kindly written a feature for OCD Action on OCD and Humour which you can...

Posted on: 7th August 2014 by: Olivia
Categories Media & Awareness

OCD Advocacy 500

Our unique OCD Advocacy service has now supported 500 people since it was launched in 2009. We have helped people to access quality treatment, to stay in education, keep their job, have suitable accommodation and fight the discrimination that they face. We are...

Posted on: 28th July 2014 by: Joel
Categories Our Services, OCD Action

OCD Action has a great team of Community Fundraisers raising money to help improve the lives of people affected by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.  And there are a couple of fantastic community fundraising events coming up …

First of all, on Sunday 27 July, Adam Cowell and Jamie...

Posted on: 23rd July 2014 by: Philip Moore
Categories Get involved

This week, ITV is airing a new daytime programme, which follows Nik and Eva Speakman as they attempt to cure all matter of phobias and mental health conditions. One of the episodes, which aired earlier this week, centred around a girl with OCD, whose compulsions involved biting, smelling...

Posted on: 16th July 2014 by: Olivia
Categories Media & Awareness

We are always looking for ways to spread awareness about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and the media is one the fastest and most effective ways of getting the message out there. We encourage people to come forward and talk about their experiences of OCD – if they feel comfortable doing so...

Posted on: 9th July 2014 by: Olivia
Categories Media & Awareness

There are many ways people can get involved in raising money for OCD Action to support our work with children and adults across the UK.  If you’ve got a few hours to spare, one way is to hold a fundraising collection outside your local supermarket.  This can raise a lot of money in a...

Posted on: 3rd July 2014 by: Olivia
Categories Get involved

OCD affects all communities equally. As the national charity for people affected by OCD, we want to make sure that people from a diverse range of communities are aware of our work, able to access our services and encouraged to play a part in steering our organisation.

To help us do...

Posted on: 24th June 2014 by: Joel
Categories OCD Action

Hi I’m Nick Barber and I’m the new Lead Advocate for OCD Action, specifically covering the North of England. The main purpose of the role is supporting volunteer advocates, raising the profile of the advocacy service across the North and promoting the work generally of OCD Action.

I...

Posted on: 18th June 2014 by: Olivia
Categories OCD Action

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...

Posted on: 11th June 2014 by: Olivia
Categories Support & Treatment

OCD Action are proudly collecting information for our upcoming 20th anniversary newsletter and we would like to hear from you!

Have you had OCD for more than 20 years? If so, let us know what it was like to have OCD 20 years ago:

Posted on: 6th June 2014 by: Olivia
Categories OCD Action

Hi, I'm Olivia Bamber and I have just started a position as Media and Communications Officer at OCD Action. I am a recent English Literature and Creative Writing graduate and have been volunteering with OCD Action since moving to London. I'm delighted to now be starting this new role...

Posted on: 5th June 2014 by: Olivia
Categories OCD Action

Good luck to Debbie Robinson who is running the Edinburgh Marathon this Sunday to raise money for OCD Action! You can support Debbie's hard work by donating on JustGiving. You can do it, Debbie!

Posted on: 23rd May 2014 by: Olivia
Categories OCD Action

Presentations from National Conference 2014 are now available in the resources part of our website; this includes presentations by David Veale, Lynne Drummond, Katie d'Ath and Rob Willson. 

Posted on: 15th May 2014 by: Olivia
Categories OCD Action

Thank you to everyone who attended OCD Action's National Conference on Saturday, we hope you found it useful. Thank you to all of our speakers and volunteers who made the day run so smoothly. 

A special thank you to our Star Supporters who received awards at the conference, their...

Posted on: 13th May 2014 by: Olivia
Categories OCD Action, Our Events

OCD Action National Conference 2014

Places are filling up fast for OCD Action's National Conference, please book now to ensure you are able to attend your chosen sessions.National Conference is a fantastic opportunity to hear from the leading experts in OCD treatment, listen to our...

Posted on: 8th May 2014 by: Joel
Categories OCD Action, Our Events

National Conference 2014 will be on Saturday 10th May at the LSE New Academic Building, London WC2A 3LJ

National Conference is a fantastic opportunity to hear from the leading experts in OCD treatment, listen to our inspirational speakers and meet up with other people who are...

Posted on: 5th May 2014 by: Joel
Categories Our Events

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...

Posted on: 27th March 2014 by: Joel

At OCD Action we rely on a team of fantastic volunteers; people who have gone above and beyond to help the Charity support others, to raise awareness of OCD, to keep us solvent and ensure that we have the plans and strategies that we need for the future. We celebrate their achievements with the...

Posted on: 23rd March 2014 by: Philip Moore
Categories Our Events

OCD Action is the national charity for people affected by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. The Charity provides support and information, campaigns for better services and raises awareness of OCD amongst the general public and health care professionals.

While more people are aware of...

Posted on: 17th March 2014 by: Joel
Categories OCD Action

Come join us for a big day out to MFA Bowl in Luton! We'll be meeting at 11:30 on 23rd March for a couple of games of bowling, something to eat, and generally a nice day out...

The event is for under 18s with OCD (and their parents). To sign up, you just need to fill in this form ...

Posted on: 28th February 2014 by: trishm

In December 2013, representatives from the Charity met with Norman Lamb MP, the Minister for Care and Support to talk about our campaign for better access to quality treatment for OCD. This was a positive meeting with the Minister agreeing that more needs to be done to ensure that people...

Posted on: 18th February 2014 by: Joel
Categories Our Campaigns

Enhance your knowledge of OCD and supporting learners with OCD in the classroom

The 'OCD at School' CPD webinar programme will take the form of a two-part course, during which we will hear from a variety of speakers including SEN specialists and those affected by OCD.

Part one...

Posted on: 7th February 2014 by: trishm

Welcome to the new look OCD Action website. 

The brief for this new website was to make it easier for people to navigate their way simply around the site and so be able to quickly access the information that they want.

We have tried to make it self explanatory and we suggest...

Posted on: 7th February 2014 by: Soxon
Categories OCD Action

OCD Action launched our first OCD Awareness Week in 2010 and since then, with the help of our volunteers, we have done a huge amount to raise the profile of OCD and make more people aware of the disorder. This year we are taking on a new challenge, because awareness is not enough. We want...

Posted on: 4th February 2014 by: Joel

Regular visitors to www.ocdaction.org.uk will realise that we have updated our website. We felt that the old site needed updating and we particularly wanted to have a website that;

·        got people to the information and support they wanted quickly

·        helped people to...

Posted on: 3rd February 2014 by: Joel
Categories OCD Action

At OCD Action's stakeholder day and AGM in November 2013, Daniel Nabarro announced that he would be stepping down as a Trustee and as the Chair of OCD Action. Daniel has been Chair of the Charity for 5 years and has overseen a significant period of development and expansion. We are...

Posted on: 28th January 2014 by: Joel
Categories OCD Action

Last November, the Charity held 

On the 16th November, the Charity held a Stakeholder event. This was an opportunity for people to come together and help set the “to-do list” for the Charity. We asked people for their ideas on how we can improve access to quality NHS services, on...

Posted on: 18th December 2013 by: Joel
Categories Our Events, OCD Action

Channel 4’s Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners is back despite the huge amount of upset that it caused when the first series was aired earlier this year. You can find our initial comment on the series here.

This series programme makers have done more to include people with OCD and to...

Posted on: 30th October 2013 by: Joel
Categories Media & Awareness

Where we are & Where we want to be

Stakeholder event and Annual General Meeting

1.30pm – 5pm Saturday 16th November / The Wesley, 81-103 Euston Street, London NW1 2EZ

This event is a great opportunity to find out about the latest developments in OCD and to play a...

Posted on: 15th October 2013 by: ocd-action
Categories Our Events

Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust has a project to promote good practice working with OCD. An important part of this is to help people understand OCD and know how to get information on dealing with it.

The Trust is organising information events and stalls, ‘drop in’ consultation...

Posted on: 9th October 2013 by: ocd-action
Categories Media & Awareness

Are you starting your first year at University this September or going back for your second or third year at University or College? If you’re affected by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – or you think that you might be – then it’s good to know about some of the services, websites,...

Posted on: 4th October 2013 by: ocd-action
Categories Support & Treatment

Mind, a national mental health charity, are conducting a national survey looking at peoples’ experience of psychological therapies such as CBT. You can find out more and take the online survey here

Posted on: 4th October 2013 by: ocd-action
Categories Get involved

An important paper was published in America last week that looks at the efficacy of an antipsychotic medicine that is sometimes used in treating the most severe cases of OCD.

We asked David Veale, one of the Charity’s trustees, to comment

Posted on: 20th September 2013 by: ocd-action
Categories Support & Treatment

We receive many calls from parents of children & young people with OCD who are struggling to make sense of referral & funding processes for specialist treatment. With the help of clinicians at the CAMHS National & Specialist Services at the Maudsley and a number of parents who...

Posted on: 10th September 2013 by: ocd-action
Categories Support & Treatment

I am Emma Pheby, the new Lead Advocate for OCD Action and I will be carrying on with Heather Spankie’s good work. Whilst my office space will be in the North-East, I will be covering the North-East and North-West; like Heather. I will be working three days a week (on Tuesdays, Wednesdays...

Posted on: 6th September 2013 by: ocd-action
Categories OCD Action

Online seminar sessions: Term 3

About:

These online seminars are for parents of children with OCD and take place on the third Tuesday of each month 7-8pm.

They usually take the form of online presentations given by specialists of the Maudsley Hospital (Centre of...

Posted on: 23rd July 2013 by: ocd-action
Categories Support & Treatment

South West England & South Wales and North East England & Yorkshire Advocacy Volunteers Wanted

Could you be an OCD Action Volunteer Advocate?

We’re looking to recruit volunteers in South West England & South Wales and North East England & Yorkshire available...

Posted on: 2nd July 2013 by: ocd-action
Categories OCD Action, Get involved

OCD Action is looking for volunteers with personal experience of OCD either first hand or as a friend/family member of someone with the condition.

Volunteers will provide confidential and unbiased help, information and support to people affected by OCD who contact us through our...

Posted on: 25th April 2013 by: ocd-action
Categories OCD Action, Get involved

Coping with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Professor Gournay, Professor Rogers and Rachel Piper have collaborated on a new book; “Coping with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder” that provides clear advice and an evidence based self-help programme.

The book suggests ways of dealing...

Posted on: 19th April 2013 by: ocd-action
Categories Support & Treatment

Support Groups – Better Together

Getting on top of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder can be a long and difficult journey but each step can be eased with quality peer support.

That is why over the last few years, OCD Action has been working with the network of local support groups...

Posted on: 11th April 2013 by: ocd-action
Categories Support & Treatment

Volunteer Advocates Wanted

Could you be an OCD Action Volunteer Advocate?

We’re looking to recruit volunteers in South West England & South Wales available for an hour or so during the working week, to provide telephone, email and face-to-face advocacy support to people...

Posted on: 11th April 2013 by: ocd-action
Categories Support & Treatment

Volunteer Advocates Wanted

Could you be an OCD Action Volunteer Advocate?

We’re looking to recruit volunteers in South West England & South Wales available for an hour or so during the working week, to provide telephone, email and face-to-face advocacy support to people diagnosed...

Posted on: 11th April 2013 by: Joel
Categories OCD Action, Get involved

Please help us spread the word.

On Sunday 14th April Radio 4 will be airing an appeal on behalf of OCD Action . You can listen in at 7.55am and 9.26pm on the Sunday and again on the following Thursday 18th at 3.27pm. You can also hear the appeal and make a donation online here.

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Posted on: 26th March 2013 by: ocd-action
Categories Get involved

The OCD Parents’ Support Project – a joint initiative between OCD Action and the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust (SLaM) – provides monthly onlineseminars specifically aimed at parents of young people with OCD.

These are a good opportunity to meet other parents and get...

Posted on: 8th March 2013 by: ocd-action
Categories Support & Treatment

Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners

We have had a lot of people contact us recently about the Channel 4 programme “Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners.” For the most part, people have been upset and frustrated about the way in which the programme portrays OCD. We share this frustration

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Posted on: 20th February 2013 by: ocd-action
Categories Media & Awareness