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.
You will be able to access the e-Helpline via the OCD Youth website, and there will be an email address too (firstname.lastname@example.org). There will also be an online schedule of the e-Helpline hours posted on the OCD Youth site, so you can see when a volunteer will be available to talk to. When there isn't a volunteer available, you can leave a message and someone will get back to you via email.
The e-Helpline is designed to give young people the chance to talk to other people their age about what they are going through. With that in mind, the e-Helpline operators consist of young people under 30, who have knowledge and/or personal experience of OCD.
OCD Action received money from the Big Lottery Fund (Awards 4 All) to make this e-Helpline happen. OCD Action and OCD Youth are really excited and grateful for the opportunity to provide this much needed service for young people with OCD. Keep an eye out on the OCD Youth website for more information about the launch of this service later this month!