Just over one year on from the start of last year’s OCDwalk, OCD is having a fundamental impact on my life once again; so it’s time to hit the footpaths and raise awareness of what is an extremely misunderstood and more often joked about mental illness.
Please sponsor & donate to OCD Action at: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ocdwalk. Thank you.
OCD bringing people together.
In Glasgow I had the previlage of meeting up with a number of other OCD sufferers. We made contact through twitter and the website in the build up to me arriving in Glasgow and arranged to meet up in a bar on Monday evening. Amongst them were representatives from Glasgow’s OCD Support Group and Glasgow’s Young Person’s OCD Support Group. We had a great time, not only talking OCD, but laughing and joking about all sorts. Honestly it’s amazing how familiar you can feel around people you’ve only just met.
It was fantastic to leave Glasgow having made new friends as a result of OCD – what can be an extrememly isolating and debilitating condition. I hope to have many more similar experiences in other cities and at other meet ups along the way. Please do get in touch if you’d like to meet up or walk with me at any point during the #OCDwalk.
The #OCDwalk was recently picked up by BBC Highlands, who ran a story about it online.
Whilst the article omitted a key message – the need to change perceptions of OCD amongst society – it’s a fantastic start, and has enabled many more people to get in touch with me – some of which have since joined me on the walk.
BBC Get Inspired also picked up the story on Twitter:
Here’s hoping for more coverage to get the message out as far and wide as possible!
A massive thank you to everyone who has supported the cause so far! Spread the word. #LetsDoThis
#OCDwalk #OCD #mentalhealth #GetInvolved #TimeToChange
Please print out an #OCDwalk poster and post it up anywhere you feel it could make a difference… your notice board at work, university, OCD group, CBT centre, doctors surgery, or in a window, post office etc…
Lets get the word out there. Thank you! Tom.