MyWellbeing CollegeSharon-Edwards, which helps people navigate their way through life’s ups and downs, will be backing OCD Awareness Week, 13-19 October, and is supporting people with free treatment available through the College.

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common mental health condition where a person has frequent obsessive thoughts and compulsive and repetitive behaviours such as hand washing, checking or cleaning, and can significantly interfere with a person’s daily activities and social interactions.

The disorder can develop at any age and can affect men, women and children, but treatment can help keep it under control.

The free guided self-help OCD treatment, which runs over a 12-week period, has been helping people in Bradford, Wharfedale, Airedale and Craven to manage their OCD.

The treatment which comprises of a workbook, takes 12 weeks to complete, contains different tasks and activities which, when practiced on a weekly basis, give people the tools to manage their difficult symptoms. Every two weeks, users have the opportunity to speak with a wellbeing coach who will help support and guide them through the different topics they have been covering.

People need to enroll with MyWellbeing College first, and following a brief Wellbeing Check with the team, may be able to use guided self-help as their learning method.

Along with the OCD workbook, MyWellbeing College offer a range of workbooks for people experiencing: low mood, generalized anxiety disorder, panic, health anxiety, social anxiety, and specific phobias.

Sharon Edwards, Clinical Lead with MyWellbeing College, said: “The guided self-help workbooks are a great tool for people experiencing OCD or struggling with everyday ups and downs linked to low mood and/ or anxiety who don’t necessarily need more intensive support, or don’t want to attend a group.  The books are based around a treatment called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which looks at the way we think and behave and how that affects the way that we feel.

The main aim of self-help, with the support of a wellbeing coach, is for patients to take control of their own learning so they can make positive changes to what they do and how they think, to make them feel better.”

MyWellbeing College, which is run by Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust, already offers a range of opportunities to help people combat life’s ups and downs, from online courses that people can complete in the comfort of their own home, to getting out and meeting new people at group courses.

People don’t have to go through their GP to enroll onto a course of treatment or group. They can register online at www.bmywellbeingcollege.nhs.uk or give the enrolment team a call on 0300 555 5551 to chat through the range of options available. 

For further information please visit www.bmywellbeingcollege.nhs.uk

The MyWellbeing College is open to anyone over the age of 16 who is registered with a GP in Bradford, Wharfedale, Airedale or Craven.