Media & Awareness

A Day in My Head is published!

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:

#itaffectsme campaign

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 about mental health in order to erase the stigma. Here's how it started:

A review of 'Perfect', a new play about OCD

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.

OCD Awareness Week

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.

The problem with 'Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners'

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 the programme format completely, or discontinue its production altogether.

Regional Volunteer Aron gets book published!

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.

Students with mental health conditions battling disbelief and stigma

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 stigma by spreading as much awareness as possible.

Three part blog by Rose Bretécher

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.