Media & Awareness

Talking Mental Health

The University of Exeter’s student televisual YouTube channel recently published Talking Mental Health. The powerful short film, Directed by James Garbett, seeks to raise awareness of mental health in universities and reduce the stigma. Mental health can have a detrimental impact on the lives of students, leading some students to leave their studies behind.

Back by popular demand - two amazing plays about 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 speak out about obsessive compulsive disorder in new film – #OCDisnotme

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.

For Want of a Nail - an amazing VR experience!

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.

A new play about OCD, Lost in Thought, premiering at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018


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.

Must-See News Items this Month

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.

“Take Two”, a short film raising awareness about OCD in young people

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.