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 latest project, but this time, there are close to 100 authors involved (including some of the staff and volunteers at the Charity!). We asked Aron to tell us a bit about A Day in My Head. here's what he said:
Media & Awareness
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 about mental health in order to erase the stigma. Here's how it started:
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 through this performance (which also included a Q&A with OCD experts). We are now pleased to report that the show, which ran for three consecutive weeks at the Old Fire Station in Oxford, was a huge success.
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.
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' session. If you'd like to come along and hear Aron and the other authors talk about their books (and get them signed!), you can purchase a Conference ticket here.
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.
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 get £5 off any of Rose's pledge levels for 'Pure'; just enter 'ocdaction' as a promo code at the checkout.
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 read here.