What is an OCDvocate?
An advocate is someone who publicly supports a cause, or fights for something they believe in. In mental health — this often means fighting stigma by being willing to talk frankly about your experience with mental illness. It is only by sharing our own stories, that we will encourage others to talk about their own struggles, and hopefully encourage others to get help. The taboo only exists as long as we reinforce it by staying silent.
At the IOCDF, we get many requests from members of the OCD community who want to know what they can do to help. Whether it means joining the #1Million4OCD Walk each year, speaking at a local affiliate event, or even blogging about your experiences — being an OCDvocate means joining a community of people who want to raise awareness and educate the public about obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders.
What is the Role of an OCDvocate?
OCDvocates are part of our grassroots IOCDF Ambassador Program. The IOCDF Ambassador Program is led by National Ambassador, Ethan Smith, along with Lead Ambassadors, and Ambassadors, who will work to develop initiatives for our OCDvocates.
Our IOCDF Ambassadors will be reaching out to OCDvocates via the IOCDF blog, social media, and email, with challenges, projects, and ways you can join them to work together and make a big impact. Examples of OCDvocate challenges may include:
- Participate in online (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) social media campaigns
- Participate in on-site “calls to action” (e.g. conference-based projects)
- Participate in coordinated national events (e.g. 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walks, OCD Awareness Week events)
- Contribute to a regular “From our IOCDF Advocates” blog or newsletter feature
- Fundraise on behalf of the IOCDF in a grassroots way (e.g. house parties)
- Opportunities to display your support of the IOCDF (e.g. “Proud IOCDF Advocate” badges, stickers)
Want to Become an OCDvocate?
If so, click here to take the pledge. You will receive an #OCDvocate wristband in the mail, and you will be added to our Advocate email list to receive important ways you can help to raise awareness of OCD and related disorders, and tips for being an effective advocate.
And don’t forget to use the #OCDvocate hashtag on social media to let the world know you are a proud advocate for OCD, related disorders, and the IOCDF.
If you aren’t ready to be an advocate — that’s okay, too! This community welcomes everyone, and we understand that advocacy is a personal choice — and it’s not always an easy one.
Learn more about the IOCDF Ambassador Program
Visit our IOCDF Ambassador Program page to learn more about the IOCDF Ambassador Program.