OCD Awareness Week

OCD Awareness Week is an international effort taking place the second full week of October each year 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), OCD Awareness Week is now celebrated by a number of organizations across the US and around the world — including OCD Texas — 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 Texas 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. The Road to Recovery Tour will bring the spokespersons to visit 5 different affiliates across 7 cities and OCD Texas is proud to host them on Tuesday, October 11th for a mini-conference at the Council for Recovery.

OCD Texas Mini Conference
6:00pm-8:00pm
Council on Recovery
303 Jackson Hill Street
Houston, TX 77007

Light food/hors d’oeuvres served

6pm-7pm — Spokesperson panel/speech (held in the Auditorium): Out of the Shadows: Personal Stories to End Stigma
7pm-8pm — 2 breakout sessions:

  • Becoming an Advocate: Spokesperson Q&A with Liz and Ethan (Auditorium)
  • Throstur Bjorgvinsson: Family members of a loved one with OCD: The do’s and do not’s (Room A115)

Additional #OCDWeek Events

Wednesday, October 12th
Putting Mental Illness Stigma to Rest
6:00am-11:00am
Gallery Furniture
6006 N Fwy
Houston, TX 77076

Invite Houstonians to join OCD speakers and Jim McIngvale as they “lay down” the stigma of OCD. For two hours, people will lay on beds and be photographed and interviewed to raise awareness for OCD. Invite DJ’s /reporters from all stations.