I had the privilege of joining OCD Action back in September as CEO, and even though it’s only been a short 3 months, I have been overwhelmed by the amount of life changing work I have seen.
I’m delighted to have joined such a vitally important organisation at such an exciting time. Our services are developing, our dedicated staff are more committed and passionate than ever, and our wonderful volunteer team is growing and making a huge difference to our work every single day.
A particular highlight from my first 3 months was our recent volunteer and fundraiser thank you event, where I was able to meet so many of you in person and say thank you for your vital contributions to our work. From completing admin tasks in the office, to running through jungles in Peru, our volunteers are an inspirational team, each of whom really does go above and beyond, ensuring together we can reach and support even more people – so thank you.
Having worked in local government at the start of my career and then over the last 8 years for the mental health charities Rethink Mental illness and Sane, I have witnessed positive and negative changes to our understanding of mental ill health, the services on offer for those affected and the support families receive when they are facing challenges. The positives outweigh the negatives, and that is largely down to organisations like OCD Action and the community of people who take the time to share their experiences, campaign and really highlight what an impact mental ill health can have. We have a long way to go, but I’m confident that organisations like ours can lead the way to influence and create change.
I am looking forward to 2020 and to working with the whole team as we focus on developing our services and fighting to create positive change for our community.
I hope you all have a peaceful holiday period, but we appreciate that Christmas can be a challenging time for many of you, and OCD certainly doesn’t take a break for the holidays, so to that end, some of our services will continue to run over the festive period, but some will be slightly less available than usual (you can see our opening hours below).
Leigh, CEO of OCD Action
Our services over the festive period
Our online Forums run 24/7 365 days of the year, thanks to the hard work and dedication of our moderators. The Forums are a great place to receive peer support from other people in similar situations. The moderators will be taking care of the forums over the festive season so they will continue to run as usual.
Skype/Phone support groups
OCD Action Skype/Phone support groups will continue to run over the festive period thanks to our wonderful Even Better Together team! Please note that you will need to be registered for a group before joining. If you are not registered yet, you can do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org (this will now not be checked until 27th December).
- Fri 27th Dec, 5.30-7.30pm, OCD Xmas 1st session
- Fri 27th Dec, 7.30-9.30pm, OCD Xmas 2nd session
- Mon 30th Dec, 7pm, Pure O Skype/Phone group
- Thu 2nd Jan, 2pm, OCD Daytime Skype/Phone group
- Thu 2nd Jan, 7pm, OCD & Hoarding Skype/Phone group
- Fri 3rd Jan, 7pm, Parents of Adult children with OCD Skype/Phone group
Our Helpline will also continue to run over Christmas, thanks to the support and dedication of our fantastic team of Helpline Volunteers. We will be running an email and callback service, so if you'd like to speak on the phone, please leave a message and someone will call you back on their next shift.
Call: 0845 390 6232.
Please note that we are not a crisis service, so it is unlikely that we will be able to respond straight away and it may be a few days before you receive a call back.
Our Youth e-Helpline email service runs all year round thanks to our hard-working youth volunteers. If you're a young person with OCD, or if you are concerned you may have OCD, please email the team for support and information.
For 24 hour assistance, please call Samaritans on 116 123, or you can present at your local A&E which will be open every day of the year if you need urgent care.
We hope you have a peaceful Christmas and all the very best for 2020.
OCD Action is able to run these services due to the generous and kind donations from our supporters. If you would like to help us to keep supporting those desperately in need over the Christmas period, please make a donation here. Even a small one could make a huge difference to someone with OCD this Christmas.