OCD Awareness Week

Media release

20 May 2016

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder affects almost 3% of the Australian population to some extent, and 1.2% of the population will be diagnosed with OCD in any given year. The symptoms of OCD are often controlling, frustrating, and irritating to people suffering with the disorder, as well as for their family, friends, and workmates.

WayAhead – Mental Health Association NSW is hosting an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Awareness Week, which runs from 22nd May until 28th May. Throughout the week, they will be offering a number of free events aimed at demystifying OCD and removing the stigma attached to the disorder.

As part of the Awareness week, Dr Hugh Powell from This Way Up will be taking part in a panel discussion with Associate Professor Rocco Crino, Judy Nicholas, Shauna Docherty, and Julie Leitch. The panel will be hosted by Lynne Malcolm of ABC Radio, and will be looking at OCD from the points of view of sufferers, carers, and medical experts.

‘The term ‘OCD’ is often misunderstood by the wider public,’ says Dr Powell. ‘Through events like this, we are able to educate people on the realities of OCD, while removing the negative connotations that go with it.’

In order to assist in this education, This Way Up provides a range of tools designed to help both the people suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder, and those around them. These tools include a recently updated fact sheet on the disorder, and an internet-delivered Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (iCBT) course.

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This Way Up’s OCD course is available through the website (https://thiswayup.org.au/how-we-can-help/courses/obsessive-compulsive-disorder/), and is now also delivered through the newly developed mobile apps, on both iOS and Android devices. Both the mobile and desktop apps offer proven, effective training that has an excellent track record in assisting people with OCD.

Visit www.thiswayup.org.au for our complete range of iCBT courses. Hi-res images from This Way Up are available on request. Dr Hugh Powell, Professor Gavin Andrews and This Way Up researchers are available for interviews.

Hi-res images of the This Way Up app are available on request. Professor Gavin Andrews and This Way Up researchers are available for interviews.

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About This Way Up

This Way Up, a non-for-profit initiative based at UNSW at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, provides a range of online programs for anxiety and depression. These programs have been extensively researched, tested, and proven to work in over 26 studies and real world settings. Over the last 7 years, This Way Up programs have helped over 8,000 people reduce their symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Media contacts

David Faktor, Director Media and Communications
David.Faktor@svha.org.au 02 8382 2866

Nikki Potent, Public Affairs & Communications
Nikki.Potent@svha.org.au 02 8382 2866