Staffordshire OCD Support Group was formed in June 2013 by people diagnosed with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). The group is an independently run voluntary organisation underpinned by a constitution in the interests of its members. The group has a committee comprising a chair, treasurer and secretary. The committee meets 4 times a year to ensure the aims of the constitution are upheld.
The group’s principal activity is running support group meetings, twice a month, at Newcastle-under-Lyme Fire Station community rooms. At these meetings the group aims to offer a:
- Place to understand your problems
- Solidarity with fellow sufferers
- Learn skills to help cope with your OCD
- Friendly, relaxed, non-judgemental atmosphere
The group also runs social events. In the last few years we have visited the National Memorial Arboretum, the OCD Action National Conference in Manchester, gone are various walks and gone out for meals as a group. If you’ve got OCD, there should at least be some benefits to this illness!
We also maintain close links with other organisations and NHS service providers. Our aim is to provide high-quality peer support to members and advocate best-practice treatment as set out in the NICE guidelines for the treatment of OCD.