Support & Treatment

Have Your Say for the Review of the Mental Health Act

The Mental Health Act 1983 is the law in England and Wales that covers the assessment, treatment and rights of people with a mental health condition.  This includes when a person can be admitted, detained, and treated in hospital without their agreement. The Mental Health Act is currently being reviewed, and the views of service users who have been detained under the Mental Health Act and their carers are being sought as part of this review.

If you are able to, please fill out the relevant survey listed below.

Advice on Applying for Benefits

OCD Action is very aware of the difficulties involved in applying for and securing benefits when you have OCD. We receive an ever increasing number of requests for help and advice in this area. Unfortunately, we do not have the expertise to provide such advice nor do we have the resources to complete the often lengthy and intrusive forms that are required or to accompany people to medical assessment appointments.

Happy birthday Reality Check support group - 10 years old!

Reality Check Support Group in Macclesfield is 10 years old!

From left to right: Bev Nixon, Louise Coppack, Maureen Brotherston, Emma McNeely, Debbie Cox and Honor Simpson

Reality Check, the OCD, BDD and Hoarding Support Group in Macclesfield was set up 10 years ago by Emma, Honor and Debbie. It was in response to Emma dealing with her own OCD and realising that there was no provision for ongoing support in their local area.

Two NEW Online Support Groups

At OCD Action, we want to ensure our services are reaching as many people affected by OCD as possible. The launch of our online support groups back in November 2013 allowed us to reach out to those who may not be able to access support locally. The existing eight online groups have proved extremely popular, with people from all over the world attending. Taking into consideration valuable feedback from our service users, the Even Better Together team are now pleased to announce that they will be launching two new online support groups in October:

Your right to choose who treats your OCD or BDD

Further Guidance on Your Right to Choose a Consultant-led Outpatient Mental Health Service Anywhere in England

Since April 2014, if you live in England, you have had the right to choose the consultant-led outpatient mental health service your GP refers you to. This service can be anywhere in England and this right means that the same rules apply for mental health services as for physical health treatment.

How much do you know about your choice in treatment?

At OCD Action, we speak to many people who are having difficulty accessing good quality treatment for their OCD, despite the fact that from April 2014, adults with mental health problems have had 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’.

OCD Youth e-Helpline

Later this month, OCD Youth is launching a brand new virtual helpline for young people with OCD. The OCD Youth e-Helpline is an instant messaging helpline, providing a listening and information support service to young people under 25 who have (or think they might have) OCD.

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