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Distressing, upsetting, stressful, debilitating and disabling are all words used to describe how OCD can make someone feel and why the illness is listed amongst the top ten most debilitating illnesses by the World Health Organisation.
Paul Salkovskis in Devon - 2013
Riding from John O' Groats to Land's End, therapists and people with OCD working together with one united aim, raising awareness of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
Some of our East Midland volunteers
Some of our lovely volunteers pictured taking part in our 'Are you a little bit OCD?' awareness and anti-stigma project in Nottingham.
Our online OCD support forums.
Our community support discussion forums are a place where we facilitate a safe environment for people affected by OCD to communicate with each other.
Become a member of OCD-UK to receive your copy of Compulsive Reading
It's with great pleasure we confirm the latest issue of our members magazine, Compulsive Reading, and what's more, in addition to the great content.
Watch our 'Understanding OCD' Awareness video.
We hope that our video featuring Coronation Street actor Ian Puleston-Davies talking about his own OCD will offer hope and inspiration to the estimated 741,504 children and adults living with OCD here in the UK.
Lynsey and Sam running the 2010 British 10K for OCD-UK
OCD-UK is only able to function through the generosity of our members fundraising efforts, so why not get fit, and fundraise for OCD-UK at the same time by participating in a fundraising run in 2013.
Locked is a short OCD film
Locked is a short OCD film, partly based on the OCD experiences of OCD-UK trustee, Claire Gellard and which previously won an award at the 2012 Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival.
Continuing our commitment to provide OCD conferences around the whole of the UK, we are proud to announce that for 2015 we will be hosting our annual conference in York on Saturday 14th November.
Break Free From OCD - Book Review
The press release for the book describes this as a practical guide written by three leading CBT experts which enables you to make sense of your symptoms, and gives a clear plan to help you conquer OCD. The book does not fail to offer that!
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Welcome to OCD-UK

OCD-UK is the leading national charity, independently working with and for almost one million children and adults whose lives are affected by Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

Our vision is one of a society where everyone affected by Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder should receive the most appropriate, and the highest quality standards of care, support and treatment.

Read more about OCD-UK

August OCD support groups and events

The 2015 Ride4OCD JOGLE route

During August (2015), the OCD-UK team will be touring the British Isles by cycling from John o’Groats to Land’s End over 19 days for a project called Ride4OCD. Part of the tour will involve the charity hosting a series of one-off support groups or OCD events during some evenings of the tour. This list below shows the locations of those events, please click each link for booking details.

  • Thurso - Monday 10th August. Informal drink and chat.
  • Inverness - Thursday 13th August. Audience with Professor Paul Salkovskis.
  • Perth, Scotland - Sat 15th Aug. Informal drink and chat, staying at Premier Inn Perth.
  • Richmond - Wednesday 19th August. Informal drink and chat.
  • Liverpool - Friday 21st August. Audience with Professor Paul Salkovskis.
  • South Wales (nr Abergavenny) - Sunday 23rd August. Audience with Professor Paul Salkovskis.
  • Truro - Thursday 27th August. Audience with Professor Paul Salkovskis.
  • Lands End Hotel - Friday 28th August. Celebration finale evening drinks from 8pm - Contact us.
Article posted on: Thu, 18/06/2015 - 2:16pm Read more...

Potential new TV production focussing on Pure O

Highlighting the debilitating impact of OCD through media participation remains a crucial part of our mission to improve understanding and raise awareness of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, inparticular highlighting lesser known aspects of OCD such as those about sexual or violent thoughts.

We have recently spent some considerable time talking to a researcher for a national TV news outlet who is keen to highlight the problems that people with this aspect of OCD sometimes face when reaching out for help and support through the NHS. We are confident the planned feature on OCD will be handled sensitively and at all times protecting the anonymity of participants, should they want anonymity. This is a unique opportunity to raise awareness about this aspect of OCD and even if you don't wish to appear, please do contact the research Alex with your own anecdotal experiences.

Anyone agreeing to help by talking to the researchers would not be under any obligation to participate in filming if they do not feel totally comfortable about the project. Please click more for further details about our media policy, a policy we have in place to ensure you, our users, are protected and have confidence in supporting any media request that OCD-UK make.

Article posted on: Tue, 04/08/2015 - 12:14pm Read more...

July Compulsive Reading magazine

Become a member of OCD-UK to receive your copy of Compulsive Reading

The latest publication of the OCD-UK magazine, Compulsive Reading is now on it's way to OCD-UK members!

So if you're not already a member, now is a great time to become a member of OCD-UK! To receive copies of this and other magazines, in addition to receiving lots of other member benefits all you need to do is become a member of OCD-UK. Please join our community, and support our charity by becoming a member, please click here to become a member.

The magazine provides a great mix of community content, OCD related news and personal stories including exclusive content not published online. You may take a closer look at one of our magazines by downloading a previous issue free of charge.

Article posted on: Sun, 02/08/2015 - 6:40pm Read more...

Open letter to David Abraham of Channel 4

With Channel 4 continuing to ignore the concerns about their programme Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners, we have once again written to the Chief Executive of Channel 4.

Mr David Abraham
Chief executive
Channel 4
124 Horseferry Road
London
SW1P 2TX

Open Letter to Mr David Abraham, Channel 4

Dear Mr Abraham,

Article posted on: Tue, 14/07/2015 - 1:05pm Read more...

Share your OCD story for Ride4OCD

We are looking for Media Volunteers from across the UK to support the charities media coverage during our Ride4OCD fundraiser this August.

Chief executive Ashley Fulwood, charity patron Professor Paul Salkovskis and OCD-UK member Dr Lisa Marnell will cycle 1250 miles from John o'Groats to Lands End, through Scotland, England and Wales, in aid of the charity, raising funds and awareness. Information about the route and the areas they will be cycling through can be found at http://www.ride4ocd.org/route/.

Media Volunteers must have first-hand experience of OCD, as a sufferer or ex-sufferer, and need to feel comfortable talking to journalists either for newspaper features or radio interviews. Sharing your story will help raise awareness about this debilitating illness and educate people about what OCD is really like. It will also help thousands of OCD sufferers by letting them know that they are not alone and that they can get help.

If you are interested in getting involved in this opportunity then please contact our volunteer coordinator Beth Hemus on beth@ocduk.org or by calling her 07748 175 753. (Beth only works Monday-Wednesday so may not be able to respond outside of those working days).

Article posted on: Wed, 08/07/2015 - 12:22pm Read more...

Statement about the latest series of Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners

This evening Channel 4 once again broadcast yet another series of their Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners. Despite numerous correspondence between ourselves including a face-to-face meeting at Channel 4, they continue to ignore the concerns raised by ourselves and those of people suffering with OCD who have contacted Channel 4.

We cannot express how disappointed we are that Channel 4 continue to commission further series by placing ratings and profit above the welfare of those with OCD for the sake of cheap entertainment, which is exactly what Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners is.

The damage Channel 4 and the programmes cause in terms of fuelling false misconceptions around the illness should not be underestimated and it remains counter-productive to the work that charity’s like OCD-UK are attempting to achieve. The programmes adds to the false misconception that all people with OCD like cleaning, which could not be further from the reality for those that suffer.

Article posted on: Tue, 30/06/2015 - 12:36pm Read more...

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