In Touch Supports OCD Awareness

Volunteer Julian Marc Lianza said, “This activity laid the foundation for a supportive and empathetic environment where everyone felt welcome and comfortable sharing their thoughts and concerns.”

“Nao-OC ako.” Sounds familiar? Is it even a term we can use?

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is one of the most misunderstood mental health disorders in the Philippines. There is insufficient documentation of such cases in the country, the condition is generally treated more as a joke instead of a serious condition.

Leading mental health service provider In Touch Community Services recently partnered with OCD Pilipinas to shed light into this much misconceived mental health issue. The advocacy group organized the first OCDare to Share in the Philippines, a gathering that was originated by the International OCD Foundation as a “casual get together dedicated to starting a conversation about OCD”. The mental health advocates brought together persons with OCD (PwOCD), their loved ones, and mental health advocates in a safe space to share experiences and learnings. Aside from the face-to-face event, a virtual meeting was made to enable more people to join in the activity.

Volunteer Julian Marc Lianza said, “This activity laid the foundation for a supportive and empathetic environment where everyone felt welcome and comfortable sharing their thoughts and concerns.” He also observed that event participants included people who were curious about OCD and wished to learn how to be a proactive advocate.  

In Touch lauded the event as insightful and empowering. The non-profit organization will continually seek similar partnership opportunities in fulfillment of  its mission of supporting advocacy, awareness, and education activities to reduce the stigma of mental health in the Philippines.

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In Touch Supports OCD Awareness

Volunteer Julian Marc Lianza said, “This activity laid the foundation for a supportive and empathetic environment where everyone felt welcome and comfortable sharing their thoughts and concerns.”

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