Our Campaigns

20 leading mental health organisations call for better access to psychological therapy

Ahead of the General Election on the 8 June 2017, We Need To Talk, a coalition of 20 mental health charities, professional organisations, Royal Colleges and service users has issued an urgent plea for more access to psychological therapies on the NHS. OCD Action are proud to be a part of this coalition that aims to improve things for those affected by mental ill health.

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’.

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