Weekly virtual OCD support group

We are delighted to announce the launch of our weekly virtual OCD peer support group!

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.

Tracy and Julie will be hosting the weekly sessions every Tuesday at 7pm.

If you would like to join the session, register your interest for join links and updates – click here.

June 7, 2021 at 8:13 am

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


Last month, one of IMHN’s trustees, Tracy Tainton, organised Lifting the Myth of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), an open discussion event that took place in North Bristol. The event was supported by the Bristol Independent Mental Health Network (IMHN’s Bristol branch), and the Time to Change Bristol hub. 

The event was attended by members of the public and local Councillors. Tracy, who lives with a diagnosis of OCD, lead discussions about what the condition means for her, and how media-misinterpretation of the  condition can be harmful. A type of anxiety disorder, OCD is experienced in the form of obsession with intensely negative, repetitive and intrusive thoughts, fear of harm, and/or compulsive patterns of behaviour to reduce the anxiety caused by these thoughts. It is not just about cleanliness or neatness, and many people tend to over-use the term ‘OCD-ish’ without understanding the distressing and debilitating nature of the disorder in its severest form.

The first in a planned series, the session provided a relaxed opportunity to chat in small groups, listen to people with lived experience of OCD with family members and friends who support them. Another aim of the event was to gauge interest in an OCD support / social group, which Tracy is promoting. If you would like more information, please visit BIMHN’s website.

More About IMHN’s Work

The Independent Mental Health Network also campaigns to ensure that local mental health services provide the best possible care and access for patients, with input from service users themselves, and for there to be greater parity of esteem between mental and physical health. If you would like to know more about the Independent Mental Health Network, or the work of their Bristol branch, BIMHN, then please email engagement[@]imhn.org (taking out the brackets in the email address).

This picture shows Tracy (centre in front of the purple banner) accompanied by other Trustees of IMHN and local Councillors who supported her at the event.

August 30, 2019 at 12:18 pm