Host an OCDare to Share Gathering

A dedicated time to start the conversation about OCD

OCDare to Share Day: October 14, 2021


The International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) created this hosting guide to help you gather people around you to have an open conversation about OCD with confidence and ease. It’s full of advice for preparing an OCDare to Share gathering because we do not want anything standing in your way of speaking out about OCD in your community.

What is OCDare to Share?

During OCD Awareness Week, we are challenging you to step out of your comfort zone to raise OCD awareness right in your community. OCDare to Share is a one-time casual get together dedicated to starting a conversation about OCD with those around you. You choose a place to meet in your community for one hour. You can choose to have an OCDare to Share gathering at your school, workplace, local coffee shop, library, church or any place you wish. You can even make it a virtual event by using Zoom or Google Hangout.

IOCDF will provide you with all the information you need to host a successful meeting in your community. All you need to do is download our host guide, find a place to host your gathering, and invite those around you to come.

What is OCDare to Share Day?

On Thursday, October 14, 2021, you can join the entire OCD community in hosting an OCDare to Share gathering. Although this is our dedicated today to spreading OCD awareness in local communities, you are welcome to choose the day and time that works best for you!

Who should host an OCDare to Share?

Anyone that has a passion for raising OCD awareness can host an OCDare to Share!

Are you planning on hosting an OCDare to Share?

Let us know that you are planning on joining our awareness efforts by filling out this form below. We would love to know who is participating and we want to follow-up to see how your gathering went.

Share about your Event on Social Media:

Share your gathering with us! Post to social media (with your group’s permission) using the #OCDweek #OCDaretoShare and tag us using the handle @IOCDF, or email them to us at

OCD Awareness Week

#OCDWeek began in 2009 to share knowledge and reduce stigma around OCD and related disorders. Each year in October, community groups, service organizations, and clinics around the world celebrate with OCD-inspired educational talks, art exhibits, grassroots fundraisers, and more.

Check out our OCD Week page for all the ways you can get involved and start spreading OCD Awareness!