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 Action 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 who 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…
My name is Esmé, I’m 22 years old and live in Norwich where I study Medicine to hopefully become a doctor. I love animals (especially reptiles) and music. I have suffered from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and major depressive disorder (MDD) for as long as I can remember. Through my work with OCD Action’s Youth Action Panel I hope to be able to show other young people that OCD doesn’t have to beat you and give them support that I wish I’d had whilst being at school, as well as raising awareness about this hugely misunderstood condition.
2014 Commonwealth dancer, & Sort of Scrubber. I’m Greg. I’ve suffered from OCD since I was 11. I got into blogging my experience with life and OCD, after coming across prejudice and hate towards my condition. I like to highlight abuse and mistreatment around MH and tackle stigmas around it. I live in Scotland.
Hi, my name is Amy. I’m 19 years-old and I am currently at Stirling University studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics. I have had OCD since I was about 8 years-old and continue the constant battle everyday. I have been involved with OCD Actions Youth Panel for about two years now, which has been fantastic support and I hope to help other young people going though similar. My role involves outreach to underrepresented groups in YAP and the wider OCD Youth Network. I am also a life long West Ham United supporter.
Hi, I’m Zora and I’m 19 years old. I study Psychology at uni, so that I can eventually become a clinical psychologist. I’ve suffered from OCD since I was 8, but have managed to overcome it almost completely with CBT. I’ve joined the YAP so I can support those with OCD, because I know how difficult it is to deal with. I would also like to support them through sharing my own experiences of how I overcame it. My role will involve reaching out to underrepresented groups, which is something I feel is really important.
Hi, I’m Andrew 24 from south Wales now living in London to study computer animation at Uni. I’ve suffered with contamination OCD since the age of 6 and have received CBT throughout my life. Recently, an intense programme of exposure therapy and CBT has given me the chance to recover and to do things I have always wanted to achieve. Being able to appreciate how debilitating and frustrating OCD can be on both sufferers and the people around them made me want to help as much as I could at OCD Action, especially as the charity was there for me in my time of need. I’ve been volunteering with OCD Action since October 2014.
Hello, my name is Imogen. I’m a typical happy-go-lucky 19 year old who also happens to have OCD. I was lucky enough to share my experience of OCD in a documentary back in 2013 which lead me to OCD Action. My role as Events Officer allows me to meet new people and come up with fun things for everyone to do.
Hello, my name is George, I’m 20 years old and I am currently one of the Marketing Officers for OCD Youth. I have a history of OCD and anxiety from an early age. Though after seeking help and undertaking CBT and medication over the years I can now manage my problems a lot better. My past experiences have motivated me to pursue this role to help effectively communicate and create awareness of support to younger people affected by OCD, something I believe to be very important. I endeavour to help reduce stigma within wider society and act as a human resource that can empathise and understand individuals affected by OCD. In my spare time I enjoy exercising at the gym and playing sports, I also like to listen to music and go to live music events.
Hi, I’m Sacha and I’m seventeen years old and from Brighton. I have Asperger’s Syndrome and OCD and have suffered from anxiety and depression for the last couple of years. Since attending a six-week course at my local CAMHS for OCD, I’ve learnt to work on my own OCD and have been inspired to raise awareness for the condition. I have an avid interest in art, design and animation and hope to study design in the future
Media & Comms Officer
Hi, I’m Heather, I’m 18 years old and am currently studying A levels in Biology and Maths with the hope of going to university to study Physiotherapy. Outside of college I enjoy watching cricket at Hampshire CCC! I have had OCD for around 5 years now and am currently undertaking my third course of CBT. I can’t wait to start volunteering and I’m super excited to be involved with everything!
Media & Comms Officer
I’m Sarah I am 16 (going on 17….) I’m currently studying for my a levels in history psychology literature and drama. Outside of school I love acting and performing, I’m also part of a swimming and lifesaving club who I enjoy training and competing with. I also love spending time with my wonderful friends and family. I also love music and theatre and a combination of the two! I’ve suffered with OCD since I was a young child and was officially diagnosed at 12 and I’m now being treated with CBT with amazing therapists alongside the additional support from family and friends. I chose to get involved with ocd action with the hope of raising awareness of the true nature of devastating effects of the condition as well as providing support for those affected by mental health issues.
Queen of Research
I’m Victoria, I’m 24 and I’m a mental health researcher. I’ve had OCD for as long as I can remember, but was only formally diagnosed whilst I was studying at university. As I suffered for many years with OCD without understanding the condition, I became interested in researching the causes of OCD and its impact on young people. I hope to promote interest in the research currently being carried out on OCD and to inspire others to research this topic.
Hi I’m India, I’m 18 and suffered from OCD since I was about 11/12 and undertaken CBT as treatment. I came across OCD Action during my AS levels where I was writing a project all about the causes of OCD in teenagers and have since joined the panel. I love being able to communicate and interact with other sufferers as we can all empathise with each other and offer support.
Social Media Officer
Hi, I’m Ellen. I’m 16 and I’m the social media officer for OCDYouth. I suffer from OCD, anxiety and depression and I’ve been a part of the YAP for over a year now. I try my best to be involved as much as possible and I love working with every single person on this team. I also have a blog on my experiences with OCD and I try to provide as much advice and support as possible. www.ellensocdblog.wordpress.com
My name is Amy. I have suffered from OCD since a very young age but it wasn’t until university that the OCD was at its worst. I hope by joining this panel I can build awareness of the many different types of OCD and offer support to those suffering. OCD is extremely debilitating but it is also a disorder you can fight.
I’m Amina and I was born and raised in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) until the age of 18 when I moved to London to study Math at Imperial College. I graduated in 2013 and now work as a quant at a financial institution. I’ve had OCD since the age of 15 and it peaked prior to me joining university when I self-studied my A-Levels. I had to take it upon myself to understand what OCD was, due to lack of awareness of the condition in Dubai at the time. I am not defined by my OCD anymore but have rather become a very different person having grown from it and learnt a lot about myself after suffering through the anxieties that OCD brings. I want to do something to help and reach out to others who have OCD and hope that I can take my experience and give back in some way.
Hi, I’m Dean. I’m 18 and I enjoy Sport (particularly Football, Cricket and Badminton) and Music. I am currently at Sixth Form studying Maths, Further Maths and Physics and I hope to study Maths at University later this year. I am in charge of the Training section of the Youth Advisory Panel (YAP) and I hope to increase the awareness and understanding of OCD. I suffered from OCD for quite a long time before realising what I was struggling with and now, I want to make sure nobody else delays seeking help and suffers alone.
Web & Digital Officer
Hi my name is Harpreet, I have had OCD since I was 15. I joined the panel with the intention to help young people who have OCD and are seeking help and advice. So as the Web and Digital Officer I hope to collaborate with others and make the website as good as possible with consistent and engaging content.
OCD Youth Blogger
I battled with OCD and an eating disorder for most of my life. I became reclusive for four years before eventually getting treatment. Now, I write books and articles that share my story of recovery in the hope I can help others going through the same thing. I’m also training to be a dog specialist and plans to one day own my own rescue centre.