Changing misconceptions for Mental Health Awareness Week!

From the 8th-14th May this year was Mental Health Awareness Week. Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, the theme for this years campaign was Survive or Thrive. You can read more about the campaign here.

In the weeks leading up to this campaign, our attention was drawn, on more than one occasion, to OCD being misused within the media. It is not unfamiliar for us to hear the phrase 'a bit OCD', or see merchandise which mocks the illness and belittles it. Generally though, we feel like awareness of OCD has improved in the last few years, so we were shocked to see so many of these ill-informed stereotypes being used in the mainstream media, during a year where mental health has had far more positive coverage than ever before.

It frustrates us greatly to see OCD being used out of context, as we know what kind of an impact this has on stigma and misunderstanding, and in some cases, can actually prevent people from speaking out and asking for help. So enough was enough, we decided that Mental Health Awareness Week would be a good opportunity to call out these unhelpful misconceptions and try and erase some myths about OCD.

We asked you to tell us what you thought the most common and frustrating misconceptions about OCD were, and we then teamed up with the medical website Patient, who very kindly agreed to join us on the campaign and create some stunning graphics using your quotes (click the link below to see them again!). 

Throughout Mental Health Awareness Week, we shared the pictures above and asked you to respond to these, by telling us what OCD is really like to live with. The response we received from you was incredible!

 We have taken some of your powerful quotes, and created this picture. We want you to share this with people you know, on posts that mock OCD, with companies who have misused the term in the past, and let's try and erase these myths, and really inform people about what OCD is.

What it's like to live with OCD.