You may remember us telling you last year about the first ever OCD Camp in the UK, well after the success of the 2018 camp, Stuart Ralph from The OCD Stories has decided to run the camp again, and applications are now open!
The OCD Camp provides a unique opportunity for people over the age of 18 who have OCD to meet other like-minded people, in a non-judgmental, safe and supportive environment. As well as fun activities, camp cooking and learning survival techniques, the camp will mainly be a place for people to talk openly about OCD and support and encourage one another. Therapy is not offered during the duration of the camp, but OCD therapist Ashley Annestedt, who is based in Denver, Colarado, will be on hand to provide support to anyone who needs it.
This year's camp will be based in the South West of London in the county of Surrey and will run from 31st May – 2nd June 2019. The cost of the camp is £300 in total, and that includes all camping equipment, food, activities and the support of a trained therapist and camping staff. You must be over 18 to apply, and deadlines will close on 21st January, so be sure to get your applications in ASAP!
If you'd like to know more about the camp, you can visit www.theocdcamp.com, or take a look at some of the 2018 campers quotes below!
"The OCD camp was a huge release, both physically and emotionally. Fun physical activities flowed into emotional discussions around the camp fire and instilled a desire to keep improving and fighting amongst all of the campers. I'd do it every year but that wouldn't be fair on any newbies!" - Dom
"Life changing! Took my OCD Recovery to a whole new level and you leave knowing you have an incredible group of new friends who understand" - Clare
"Truly life-changing! Most importantly, I got to know wonderful human beings - others “who get it” - and feel connected. We shared learnings and ideas on how to live an amazing meaningful life while being in recovery and mastering OCD.
For me, the trustworthy relationships formed during this inspiring camp have gone beyond the camp weekend, intensified and become important in my day-to-day life and ongoing recovery. We continuously support one another on our recovery journeys, give and receive hope and motivate each other. This means a lot to me. I found my tribe – my community!" - Elke
"It was the first time most of us had met others with OCD, and being able to openly talk with people that understood, and showed no judgement was invaluable. I learnt so much and loved how we really supported each other as a group during the anxiety provoking tasks so that we could each succeed in our own way. Stuart was, and is, truly amazing and credit goes to him for a brilliantly organised weekend." - Amanda