Press Release: Announcing OCD Awareness Week May 22 – 28, 2016
This year OCD Awareness week runs from 22nd-28th of May. It aims to raise awareness of the challenges OF living with OCD as well as provide individuals with lived experiences and their careers with a greater understanding of their condition.
Julie Leitch is a WayAhead Educator whose life was ruled by obsessive compulsive disorder. She is passionate about breaking the stigma surrounding OCD and making sure that others know that there is hope.
“If people can know that for someone with OCD life can be miserable and lonely, it affects relationships and work but they can get help and manage the Disorder, they can control the OCD rather than the other way around”.
Press Release: OCD Awareness Week – Family Accommodation of OCD makes recovery difficult – May 22, 2016
Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor at Charles Sturt University, Rocco Crino describes family accommodation as “where individual family members are involved in some way in the person’s rituals.” It has long been acknowledged that family accommodation is an issue amongst children and adolescents living with OCD however research is not suggesting that an issue within all age groups. Mr Crino says that most family accommodation is motivated by a desire to lessen the individual’s distress however “it can be associated with an individual’s lack of progress in recovery and symptom severity.”
Press Release: Personal Experiences of OCD, May 22, 2016
As part of OCD Awareness Week this year WayAhead would like to help end the misinformation about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder through sharing the stories of individuals who have struggled with their own experiences of OCD.
Joanne is 17, and she has been living with OCD for most of her life and it effects every aspect of her day.
Press Release: Events and Resources for OCD Awareness Week, May 22, 2016
As part of OCD Awareness Week 2016, WayAhead – Mental Health Association NSW will be running a series of free events to help increase understanding of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
…On Monday the 23rd of May there will be a panel discussion at Woolloomooloo. The panel will feature speakers including Professor Rocco Crino and Dr Hugh Powell as well as talks from careers and Julie Leitch who will be discussing her lived experience of OCD. It will be led by Lynne Malcolm – host of ABC’s Radio National program “All in the Mind”.