about us

About Us

OCD Youth aims to increase awareness and access to support for anyone under 25 affected by OCD.

OCD Youth is run *by* young people with OCD, *for* young people with OCD. We organise trips and outings, run online meet-ups, take part in campaigning activities, manage a youth website and social media channels, write articles and awareness resources, produce videos and media, and much more.

This is a youth-led initiative, meaning that the Youth Advisory panel (YAP) is at the heart of all these activities. The panel is made up of a group of volunteers under the age of 25 who have OCD themselves, and want to make a positive change for themselves and others like them. There are nine of us in total, all with different roles and responsibilities…

rich

Richard

Chair

Hey all! I’m Rich and I’m the Chair of the Youth Advisory Panel. My role as Chair is to be a spokesperson for the panel, to instigate relationships and partnerships with stakeholders old and new alike and to ensure that as a collective group, we are doing the best to support young people that need us the most.
Aside from being the Chair, I spend a lot of my time working and advocating for mental health online and in person up and down the country and have my own website dedicated to my experience of living with OCD and depression.
As a lot of this can be quite stressful I like to relax by diving into video games and losing myself in books (my kindle is my best friend!).

marianna

Marianna

Secretary

I am 19, a student and am so excited to join OCD Youth as secretary. Having spent my teenage years hurling through many different treatments and ups and downs, I am now mostly recovered from OCD and post traumatic stress. I have been involved in service improvement for several years now, both locally and on a national level, trying to use my experiences positively. I am so grateful for the opportunities I have had and look forward to this new challenge.

jennifer

Jennifer

Fundraising & Events Officer

I’m 24, live in London, and work as a fundraiser at a national disability charity. In my spare time, I love being with family/friends, watching sports, and going to the gym. I’ve been a member of the YAP since 2013. I helped set up the youth helpline in 2015 and the online support group for teenagers in 2017, both of which I still work on. I am one of the Fundraising & Events Officers on the YAP, as well as volunteering on the main OCD Action Helpline.

George

George

Fundraising & Events Officer

I’m a twenty two year-old theatre fan and budding mental health activist from Cornwall, now living just outside of London. I graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London a year and a half ago, and it was while studying for my degree that I was first diagnosed with OCD.

It was through my first postgraduate job – the Administrator for a touring theatre company, who produce plays on self-worth, self-harm and personal development – that I realised I was in a unique position to use my own experiences as a member of the mental health community to help other young people. I now work in charity and theatre fundraising, formerly with Peer Productions at South Hill Park Arts Centre, and more recently with The Shakespeare Globe Trust on London’s Southbank.

I’m very excited to be working with OCD Action and OCD Youth for the first time, sharing the role of Fundraising & Events Officer with seasoned pro Jennifer, who has been part of the Youth Advisory Panel for many years.

Dinah

Dinah

Communications Officer

Hi! I’m Dinah, I’m 15 years old and I’ve had OCD as long as I can remember, among various other things. Big anxiety relievers for me are drawing, spending time with friends and playing tennis – I love to cook and bake when I have some free time from homework! As the Communications Officer, I’ll be creating and posting all the content for social media and keeping it active & up to date. I’m really excited to be a part of the OCD youth and help other young people get the confidence and support they need to get better.

Eleanor

Eleanor

Support Officer

Hi, I’m Eleanor! I’m 20, and I live in Coventry. I adore animals, nature and going for long dog walks, with my favourite four pawed person; my border collie. I was diagnosed with OCD when I was 13, and with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), at 14. OCD meant that I was once bedridden, housebound, and severely depressed. After being treated by both local and national adolescent, and adult, mental health services, over the last 7 years, I now have me the vital tools I need, that help me fight back at OCD on a daily basis. My hope is to one day be free from OCD completely. I plan to begin an animal behaviour/training degree in 2019, with the hope to one day, be an animal behaviour/psychology expert. This has been my passion, motivation, and my dream, since I became ill at 11. I feel so very privileged to be a part of the YAP, as it means I get to do what I am so very passionate about; I get to put my experiences to use, by helping other individuals, who are in need of the advice/support, I, once, so desperately needed.

Rosie

Rosie

Support Officer

Hi! I’m Rosie, I’m 17, and I can’t wait to do the best I can as a support officer! I’ve had OCD as long as I can remember, and recently an eating disorder. It is extremely important to me to battle against the stigma around mental illness, as it affects myself and many others on a day to day basis. The support of others got me through my worst moments, and I want to help provide this support and reach out to other young people with OCD. In my spare time I love spending time with my cats, fangirling over Star Wars and reading!

Abbi

Abbi

Training & Diversity Officer

I’m Abbi and I go to an all girls boarding school in Kent, which I love. I have had OCD since I was 4 and am really excited about being part of the YAP and helping others through my own experience. I love sport and spend the majority of my time either playing lacrosse, netball, tennis or running. I run an Instagram account to raise awareness around OCD with the main aim of spreading positivity but also giving a realistic insight into OCD. I have given a number of talks at my school and I would love to eventually extend this into going into other schools. I’m looking forward to being part of the YAP and being involved in something I feel v very strongly about.

Terry

Terry

Campaigns Officer

As a person who has had OCD since primary school, my everyday life was hugely bothered by those meaningless concerns, annoying obsessive thoughts and ridiculous OCD rituals. Due to the feeling of embarrassment and absence of OCD awareness, I unfortunately missed the chance of an early treatment. But thanks to NHS, I have now received CBT treatment and my OCD is getting much better. My personal experience allows me to deeply comprehend the hardships and difficulties of people who suffer from OCD. I hope that by joining the OCD Action youth panel, I could help more people with OCD to overcome their difficulties.

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