Tracy is a member of the Independent Mental Health Network in Bristol. Tracy has been working with IMHN to set up a peer support group for people who have OCD (Obsessive-compulsive disorder), or have a close relationship with someone who has OCD. Please find a message from Tracy below about an upcoming session, launching a new support group!
Join us on Zoom on Tuesday 4 and/or 11 May between 7-8pm for an informal chat about OCD.
If you have OCD or have a close relationship with someone who has OCD, you do not need someone to tell you how upsetting, tiring, emotionally draining, embarrassing, mis-understood, isolating, (and lots more) it is! The condition can be masked by other mental health conditions or can be the precursor to other conditions and thus, can be mis-diagnosed or left late to be diagnosed.
There are groups out there who provide support and advice about this aspect of mental health, and they do a good job. I am fortunate to have two friends who experience poor mental health in the same way as myself, and we check-in by text or messenger regularly, and especially when we feel the need to offload to someone who can understand.
The Independent Mental Health Network’s peer support team would like to establish a Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire support group where monthly virtual meetings can be attended, and an informal discussion held around the subject of OCD. The areas discussed at each meeting will evolve organically under the influence of the attendees. Each meeting would be co-chaired by Julie, a member of IMHN’s peer support team; and myself (Tracy). We are Bristol-based and both of us have OCD!
If you would like to attend the first sessions on either the 4th or the 11th of May, please email for the join details.
UPDATE (Monday 17 May): these sessions are now running weekly on Tuesdays, between 7-8pm. Please email for the join details if you would like to attend.
April 30, 2021 at 12:43 pm