Media & Awareness
We're very excited by the incredible short film For Want of a Nail, from the talented minds at Oakhill Productions. FWOAN is the story of Marty, "a young man dealing with life, loss & love…oh & he has OCD". Oakhill were very keen to get input from OCD Action during the production of the film, and the result is a powerful, honest and uncompromising look at the life of someone struggling with this devastating condition.
We can’t wait to see this solo theatrical performance, written and performed by Sam Ross! In this article Sam explains why he wrote Can’t Stop Can’t Stop and how it’s success, including several awards, has encouraged him to take it to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year.
We are thrilled to hear that a new play about OCD by Lucy Danser will debut at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018!
Danser uses first- hand experience of living with OCD to explore how intrusive thoughts can control a sufferer's every day and, ultimately, their entire life as well as that of those who love them most. She hopes that Lost in Thought will quash the stereotypes of OCD and help people to develop a better understanding of the condition.
What a month it has been! So many people have spoken openly to the media about their experiences of OCD, resulting in some truly inspiring news documentaries and articles. In case you have missed any of these stories, we thought it would be useful to highlight a few of them. It’s not too late to check them out!
It is fantastic to see that people from all walks of life are willing to share their vulnerabilities. We are always inspired by celebrities, like Shannon Purser, who speak out about their battle with OCD as this helps to normalise and destigmatise the condition.
Following treatment at the Priory in North London for severe OCD, 13 year old Charlotte Fuller wanted to help other children experiencing mental health problems to get the support they need. She and her friend Maria have made a short film “Take Two”, raising awareness about OCD in young people and launching their new charity website for children with mental health conditions.
We recently caught up with Charlotte and her mum, Marie Fuller, to find out more about Charlotte’s story.
October is here already, and what better way to start the month than to tell you our plans for this year’s OCD Awareness Week (8th-14th October) and World Mental Health Day (10th October)!
A few weeks ago, popular news outlet - The London Evening Standard - began releasing a series of video documentaries about what life is like living in a city with a mental health condition.
The series, entitled Mental Health in the Metropolis, was created by video journalist Alex Gatenby, who feels passionately about mental health campaigning. The series she created has given a real insight into the daily lives of those battling mental ill health, and has raised awareness about a range of conditions. Much to our delight, one of these videos focused on OCD.