Our Campaigns

OCD Week of Action 2017: 20th-26th February

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 invite people to take action against OCD. The week is an opportunity for everyone to fight collectively to beat OCD and change people's perceptions of mental health and the stigma that surrounds it.

Minister backs our OCD manifesto

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 to ensure that people with OCD can access the quality treatment that they need. Our manifesto sets out the specific actions that we want to see taken and calls for the Department of Health, the NHS and clinicians to work with us to make them happen.

Public Health and OCD

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 read more from the article here.

OCD Action helps thousands of people each year online, face to face and over the phone.

OCD Recovery Data

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 have shown their results just for OCD.

We Need To Talk's manifesto for better talking therapies for all

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 Government to invest in psychological therapies, so that the NHS in England can offer a full range of evidence-based psychological therapies to all who need them within 28 days of requesting a referral.

What’s happening at the moment?

Your right to choose your mental health service provider

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 have 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’.

Campaign Update

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 with OCD have the information that they need and, where appropriate, are referred to specialist treatment. 

Week of Action 17th - 23rd Feb 2014

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 people to take action.

OCD Week of Action 17th -23rd Feb is our national campaign to inspire people to get the help they need, influence change and fight misconceptions.