Advocacy

At OCD Action, we want to see a time when everyone affected by OCD, BDD or a related condition is able to access the right services and support for them at the right time, and we know that for some of us the power of working with an advocate is key to securing this.  We are hugely grateful to the National Lottery Community Fund for funding our Advocacy service for five years. However, in March 2020 this funding will come to an end and at this time we do not have new funding in place for the service. For this reason, and to ensure that as a whole organisation we can continue to meet the needs of people with OCD and BDD in the best way possible, we have decided to review the way that we deliver one to one advocacy support.

During this review period we have, with great regret, decided that we cannot continue with individual casework. Our Advocacy team are working closely with existing clients to bring their cases to a close by the end of March.

We recognise that there is a dire need for improved awareness of OCD and related conditions and better and timely access to quality treatment, and we need to do even more, in collaboration with the wonderful mental health community, to ensure that this is achieved. To this end, we will be increasing our campaigning and national advocacy work. We will work with you to fight for the rights of people living with these conditions at a national level and look forward to updating you about how you can get involved further in this campaigning work during our review period.

If you have any questions relating to the above information, you are more than welcome to reach out to us and we will be happy to chat things through and speak about the support we have available in more detail info@ocdaction.org.uk.  

Supporting people affected by OCD and related disorders is OCD Action’s upmost priority. We have many amazing support services available for people affected by OCD, people with related conditions and their friends and family. You can find out more about them by clicking the links below.

Helpline (including a 'Next Steps' service for those going through treatment)

Local and Skype/phone support groups

Forums

OCD Youth

Our expert Advocacy team have also recently developed a self-advocacy toolkit, designed to help you fight for your rights! If you’re struggling to access treatment, struggling at work or have a particular issue related to your OCD or related condition, check out the toolkit to see how it may be able to help you in your situation. It includes tons of useful information to help you navigate the health care system and ensure that you are being listened to. You can find the toolkit online or we can post you a copy (please email info@ocdaction.org.uk with your address).
Self Advocacy Toolkit

Advocacy Charter

Code of Practice