OCD begins in childhood. Despite this, it takes an average of 14–17 years between onset of symptoms and access to effective treatment due to stigma around mental health issues, and lack of awareness about available treatment options.
We are working to change this, and you can help.
You have no doubt heard the terms, “Black Friday” or “Cyber Monday,” referring to the Friday and Monday following Thanksgiving, the two largest shopping days of the year and the official start of the holiday shopping season. Last year, a group of community organizers (including the United Nations Foundation) wanted to create a new day that celebrate giving instead of shopping — this day was meant to honor giving back to the community by donating to a charity or volunteering to help others. They named this day #GivingTuesday.
Today, December 3, 2013, is the second annual #GivingTuesday, and we need your help.
How You Can Help
Our Pediatric OCD Program is working to improve access to effective treatment for OCD in children and teens by:
- Educating mental health professionals about evidence-based treatment for OCD in children and teens.
- Educating pediatricians and family physicians about how to identify OCD in young patients, and how to ensure they get the best treatment.
- Providing resources and support for parents and families affected by OCD.
Your contribution will also help us improve our website, www.OCDinKids.org, to provide more resources for parents, mental health providers, and pediatricians about diagnosing and treating OCD in children.
You can be a part of this international campaign to encourage giving back to our community by making a donation to the IOCDF. We have made it quick , easy and fun to participate. Just click here to make a donation on our IndieGoGo Fundraising page and receive a small token of our appreciation for your help!
As an added benefit, Indiegogo, the website that supports #GivingTuesday is excited to be a part of this movement, and they will be contributing $1 for every $20 raised on December 3rd on every valid #GivingTuesday campaign!
Even if you can’t contribute, you can help us by sharing this campaign on Facebook and Twitter. We want to make #GivingTuesday a success, and you can help us reach our goal! Share our Fundraising Page on your personal Facebook page or Twitter or LinkedIn— and tell your story. How has OCD affected your life? Would more awareness about OCD have made a difference?
Thank you for your support