Awareness and understanding of OCD has significantly improved over the last few years, and we continue to work hard every day with the community to keep talking about the real OCD and to try and change misconceptions.
Media & Awareness
OCD Action is passionate about supporting other mental health organisations, and collaborating with them to ensure that together we are supporting as many people affected by OCD and related conditions as we possibly can. That's why we were so excited to be contacted by a brand new non-profit organisation - Mad Millennials. Co-founded by Charlotte Brockman and Lauren Bamford, the aim of Mad Millennials is to support the millennial generation with their mental health, through awareness, connection, events and peer-to-peer support.
OCD Action recently had the pleasure of meeting Pete Eliot, an independent filmmaker passionate about reducing mental health stigma. Pete very kindly gave OCD Action the opportunity to take part in a new documentary series for Mental Health Awareness Month which takes place throughout May. Instrumental Health not only highlights a range of mental health conditions, but also covers important topics such as mental health in the workplace and in the music industry.
Pete Eliot, creator of Instrumental Health said:
We are always really excited when we are contacted about a new creative project, and this time was no different! OCD Action recently met with a group of filmmakers who are creating an exciting new short film about OCD - "Blood is Thicker Than Water" (BITTW), with the support of the London Film Academy.
Author Maximilian Hawker (@MaxHawker) works in frontline children’s social care and has been affected by OCD since he was a child. He has done work on raising awareness of OCD in conjunction with OCD Action in the past, including writing a piece for our newsletter and appearing on BBC Radio London.
We love kicking off the new year with exciting events and campaigns, and this year is no different to last! Our annual campaigning week OCD Week of Action has begun and will continue to run until Sunday 24th February!
OCD Week of Action (#OCDwoa) is a week long campaign where we ask you to commit to doing one thing which will make a positive difference to those affected by OCD.
During the summer, some of the OCD Action team made to trip up to Edinburgh Fringe to watch three amazing plays about OCD. Now, we are excited to confirm the two of the plays ‘WEIRD’ by Lucy Burke and ‘Lost in Thought'’ by Lucy Danser are coming to London!
Both of these performances are must see in our opinion! Not only are they really entertaining, but they accurately portray OCD and how debilitating the condition can be to live with.
Young people who have been treated for OCD have featured in a film designed to raise awareness and provide hope for parents whose children have the debilitating condition.
The film, called ‘OCD is not me’, was made in partnership with OCD Action, and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.
It features patients from across the UK who have been diagnosed with OCD and received treatment for it in the hope it will provide support for other children and their families.
We recently had the pleasure of seeing a preview of WEIRD, a one hour one-person show about a young woman's experience with OCD, which is debuting tomorrow at the Edinburgh Fringe at The Pleasance Theatre.