OCD Awareness Week

OCD Awareness Week is an international effort to raise awareness and understanding about obsessive compulsive disorder and related disorders, with the goal of helping more people to get timely access to appropriate and effective treatment. Launched in 2009 by the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF), of which OCD Massachusetts is an official affiliate of, OCD Awareness Week is now celebrated by a number of organizations across the US and around the world, with events such as OCD screening days, lectures, conferences, fundraisers, online Q&As, and more.

OCD Awareness Week takes place during the second full week of October each year, and this year it’s October 9–15, 2016. Click here to visit the IOCDF’s website for a full list of #OCDWeek events taking place across the globe.

OCD Massachusetts in excited to announce that it will be hosting IOCDF Spokespersons, Elizabeth McIngvale, PhD, Jeff Bell, and Ethan S. Smith as they tour around the U.S. during #OCDweek to raise awareness and fight stigma. This OCD And Mental Health Awareness Road Trip is called the Road to Recovery Tour, and OCD Massachusetts will be hosting the spokespersons on Thursday October 13th at the Massachusetts State House Luncheon. See below for details and dull schedule of #OCDWeek events hosted by OCD Massachusetts. Click here for the full schedule of #OCDWeek events in Massachusetts.


2016 OCD Awareness Week Schedule

Date Event Description
Tuesday, October 4
7:00pm
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Using ACT in the Treatment for OCD

McLean Hostpital, De Marneffe Cafeteria Building, Room 132, 7pm

Learn about Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with
Nate Gruner, LICSW at McLean Hospital
Monday, October 10Add to Calendar OCD Screenings Carla Kenney, LMHC offers free OCD screenings in Worcester. To schedule, please contact her at (781) 775-1127.
Tuesday, October 11Add to Calendar OCD Screenings Carla Kenney, LMHC offers free OCD screenings in Worcester. To schedule, please contact her at (781) 775-1127.
Thursday, October 13
12:00pm
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Massachusetts State House Luncheon

House Member’s Lounge, Massachusetts State House, Boston, MA

Nathaniel Van Kirk, PhD and IOCDF spokespeople, Elizabeth McIngvale and Ethan Smith, discuss OCD and mental health care access
Thursday, October 13
6:00pm
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Ground Rules and Checkpoints:
How a Marine Officer Declared War On and Defeated OCD

Lazare Auditorium (S1-607),OCDUMass Medical Center

Shannon Shy, IOCDF President, shares his story at UMASS Medical Center
Thursday, October 13
7:00pm
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Una Noche de Música, Inspiración, y Educación
An Evening of Music, Inspiration and Education

Charles River Community Health
495 Western Ave, Boston, MA 02135

Marcia Rabinowitz, PsyD discute el TOC y el tratamiento en el Charles River Community Health en Boston. La presentación será en español.

Marcia Rabinowits, PsyD discusses OCD and its treatment at Charles River Community Health in Boston.

Presentation will be in Spanish.

Friday, October 14Add to Calendar IOCDF’s 30th Anniversary Party

Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
41 Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02116

Join us in celebrating 30 years of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology in Boston
Please visit www.iocdf.org/30years for more detailed information.