Christmas Message from the Director of OCD Action

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 general public, service providers and health professionals.

The team has worked really hard this year, and our Helpline and Advocacy services have been busier than ever. Our e-Helpline has been open for 365 days of the year, thanks to our dedicated team of volunteers, and we have expanded the network of independent local and online groups which we support, including setting up new online groups for people affected by habit disorders, and family members and partners of people affected by OCD/BDD.

None of this would be possible without everyone pulling together: the staff team, volunteers, members, donors, Trustees, partners and fundraisers. I would like to thank each and every one of you for your support during the year.

The festive period can be a really difficult time for many, and as we know, OCD does not take a break at Christmas, or any other time of year. Although our office will be closed from the 26th December, until the 3rd January, some of our services will remain open during this period:

  • Our online forums are available 24 hours a day for peer support.
  • The Youth e-helpline instant messaging service is closed until the 2nd January, but the email service will continue over the coming weeks.
  • The Helpline will be closed as usual over the weekends and on the bank holidays, but we will have limited Helpline cover on the 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th December, and will re-open as normal on the 3rd January. If you do wish to contact the Helpline, please leave us a message and a volunteer will get back to you as soon as they can. The Samaritans support line will operate over Christmas, so you can contact them if you urgently need to speak to someone, on 116 123.

There are lots of exciting things to look out for in 2017, including our OCD Week of Action (20th-26th February), Annual Stakeholder Day, National Conference, and much, much more.

We will continue to work hard with all of you in 2017 to fight OCD, increase access to quality support services and erase stigma and shame around the condition. From me and all the team at OCD Action, we wish you all the best for Christmas and for the New Year ahead.

Kind regards,

Margaret Unwin