“Dare to believe that together we can beat OCD”




How will you help us raise awareness during OCD Awareness Week? Here are some suggestions.


1.  Write. Dare to believe that your words will reach someone and set them free.


2.  Enter your own writing or other creative work in IOCDF’s “Dare to Believe” Creative Expressions Contest.


3.  Nominate a book or a shorter piece of writing for the OCD Book Festival. See “Call for nominations.”


4.  Participate in online discussion about a book on the OCD Book Festival.


5.  Organize an “OCD Book Club” meeting in your local area.


6.  Promote the OCD Book Festival on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media.


7.  Promote OCD Awareness Week on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media.


8.  Donate your Facebook status. Just copy and paste the following: For OCD Awareness Week, I donate my status in support of anyone who has ever battled this disorder. May they find treatment, comfort and hope. Together we can end the stigma around mental illness. Promote the International OCD Foundation’s OCD Awareness Week efforts. www.iocdf.org


9.  Tweet or share a photo of yourself with the OCD Awareness sign. Change your profile picture to show a photo of yourself holding our  ”I’m supporting OCD Awareness Week” sign. Download the PDF and print at home, then snap a picture using your phone or digital camera and upload to social media to show your support. Tweet and Instagram your photo with the hashtag #OCDweek… let’s see if we can get #OCDweek trending!  Click here to download your sign.


10.   Send a Letter to the Editor to your local newspaper about OCD Awareness Week. Please feel free to use the following template: Letter to the Editor template


11.  Start an email campaign. Consider pasting the below invitation into an email note and sending it to your friends, relatives, and colleagues. You never know whose life you may change forever!

Dear friends,

Please forgive the form-letter nature of this note, but I would like to call your attention to the fact that October 14–20, 2013, is OCD Awareness Week. The International OCD Foundation has asked me to help spread the word about this important outreach effort, and I’d like to personally invite you to visit the IOCDF web site for more information about this often-debilitating disorder that affects up to 4 million people in the United States. An overview of OCD, along with a variety of OCD resources, can be found at http://www.ocfoundation.org/awarenessweek. Thank you in advance for taking the time to help make a difference!



12.  Volunteer to help with an awareness-raising event, such as the OCD TEXAS San Antonio conference Oct 19 & 20.


13. Support the International OCD Foundation’s awareness-raising efforts by:


14. Check back here soon for more ideas.


2 Responses to “Dare to believe that together we can beat OCD”

  1. Hi, my name is Kerri O’Callaghan. I have recently had the opportunity to publish a book about OCD. Please feel free to take a look at the books website at http://www.wibblywobbliesbook.com/

    I would love to have the book nominated for the OCD book festival. I understand that I cannot do this myself. Is there someone that can help me?

    Or should I enter the book in IOCDF’s “Dare to Believe” Creative Expressions Contest.

    Your help would be very much appreciated.

    Thank you!

  2. Janis Hodges says:

    I just wanted to finally post a comment on everything that I’ve been reading on your website. My 14 year old son has been battling OCD for the last few years and my heart breaks for him everyday. I try my best to help him, but besides for taking him to his Psychiatrist and Therapist, I sometimes feel like I am enabling him. He is my first born and I also have an 11 year old daughter that I feel so much guilt about for numerous reasons. It just feels good to finally write about some of my feelings. I have the disorder as well, but to a much less degree than my son who is now on Home Instruction in school and has to repeat 8th Grade eventhough he passed his midterms and finals with flying colors, but was not physically able to attend a majority of 8th Grade last year because he was taking 3 hour showers or excessively washing his hands. Sorry for blabbering on… I just want to know what I can do to raise awareness in his school and our town and community. Thank you for listening…

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