OCD Awareness Week is October 13th-19th. Stand with us as we spread much-needed awareness for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). For OCD Week, we want to encourage you to share a post and get involved with an OCD awareness activity. We have created daily challenges to help you stay involved all week long. You can help others and reduce stigma by sharing your story and resources that have made an impact on your life. Many activities are going on for OCD Week; we encourage you to get involved in at least one activity or event. Check out our activities below, follow us on social media for new video releases , and see what events are happening in your local area by visiting the IOCDF’s event calendar.
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Join in on our daily OCD Week Challenges. Each day there is a new way to spread awareness and get involved. If you would like to receive daily text message reminders, text OCDWeek19 to 555-888.
Day 1 Challenge: #FaceYourFear
Saturday, October 12th — IOCDF’s #FaceYourFear Challenge, The International OCD Foundation is asking you to create a video or photo of yourself doing something that makes you anxious and then post it on social media with the hashtags #FaceYourFear and #OCDWeek. The goal of the challenge is to educate the public about the realities of living with OCD and the challenge of having to face your fears on the path to recovery.
Day 2 Challenge: #OCDResources
Sunday, October 13th — Share on social media an OCD or related disorder resource that has been meaningful and impactful to you. Use the hashtag #OCDResources and #OCDChallenge.
Day 3 Challenge: #OCDeducation
Monday, October 14th — Watch and share an OCD or related disorder educational video that has been helpful to you. Use the hashtag #OCDeducation and #OCDChallenge. Visit our YouTube Channel for our library of videos! New video releases are happening every day of OCD Week.
Day 4 Challenge: #OCDhope
Tuesday, October 15th — Share a message of hope or an encouraging message on social media using the hashtag #OCDhope and #OCDChallenge. Help others not feel alone.
Day 5 Challenge: #myOCDstory
Wednesday, October 16th — Share your story through video or a post using the hashtag #myOCDstory and #OCDChallenge. Send us your story by clicking SHARE MY STORY now for us to post during OCD Week! We will be choosing a select few to share on this day.
Day 6 Challenge: #OCDsupportgroup
Thursday, October 17th — Join a support group or share about how a support group has helped you! Post a video, a link to a support group, or join the many support groups available. Use the hashtag #OCDSupportGroup and #OCDChallenge. Check out our list of support groups!
Day 7 Challenge: #OCDfacts
Friday, October 18th — Share a fact about OCD on social media and use the hashtag #OCDfacts and #OCDChallenge. Take a look at our OCD Fact Sheet for some ideas on what to share!
Day 8 Challenge: #OCDaction
Saturday, October 19th — For the last day of OCD Week, we want to encourage you to get involved. Using the hashtag #OCDaction, share on social media how you plan to get more involved. See what volunteer opportunities are available with us or at IOCDF, your local IOCDF affiliates, or other great organizations in the OCD community! If you are already involved in a group, share the group and tell us about your experience volunteering.
Tuesday, October 15 th | 7 pm CST | “It’s Okay to Not be Okay: Young Adults with OCD Navigating Through Life’s Biggest Changes”
Being a young adult is hard enough as it is. Life takes lots of twists and turns during the late teens and early twenties, deciding where to go to school, what to major in, what to do for a career, who to date and the list goes on and on. When OCD sets in, it makes these already difficult life milestones even harder to manage. Tune in with young adult panelists, Zach Westerbeck, Thomas Smalley & Cali Werner, to see how they navigated through this part of their lives. These individuals are all mental health advocates that are successfully making a difference in the world today. You can make a difference and take control over your OCD, too.
Wednesday, October 16th | 12 pm CST | Live with Liz: Stepping Out of the Shadows
Dr. Elizabeth McIngvale was the first national spokesperson for the International OCD Foundation. On this special edition of Live with Liz, Liz will be sharing her experience on what it was like to first speak up about OCD. She will be covering why it is important to be involved in the OCD community and how to start sharing your story. If you would like to receive a text message reminder when she goes live text livewithliz to 555-888. Submit your questions to Liz below.
Thursday, October 17th | 7 PM CST | Launch New Kid’s Online Support Group
The Peace of Mind Foundation’s Online Kids and Teens OCD Support Group goal is to help young OCD sufferers connect with peers and gain emotional and practical support through peer relationships. We hope that this group will help young people realize they are not alone in their journey of taking control of their OCD. At each meeting, a group facilitator will lead a discussion on educational topics involving evidence-based ways to decrease OCD symptoms.
Friday, October 18th | 8:30 AM CST | OCD and Related Disorder Professional Conference
Peace of Mind Foundation is hosting a professional conference focused on OCD and Related Disorder at the Hope and Healing Center from 8:30am-1pm. Guest speakers include Elizabeth McIngvale,Ph.D., Suzanne Mouton-Odum, Ph.D., Joyce Davidson, M.D., and Melissa Fasteau, Psy.D. CE credit is available for those attending the event in-person. We will attempt to live stream to our Facebook page. Tickets are limited, register today!
Saturday, October 19th | 10 AM CST | We need you! Volunteer Informational Session
If you are looking for a place to get plugged in and give back to the OCD community, join us for an informational session to learn about the new volunteer opportunities at the Peace of Mind Foundation.