Community Events & Programs

IOCDF Community Programs

As part of our mission to raise awareness about OCD and related disorders, increase access to effective treatment, help end stigma, and foster a community, the IOCDF runs programs throughout the year for individuals affected by OCD, their families, and mental health professionals, alike.

IOCDF In-Person & Virtual Conferences

While the COVID-19 pandemic prevented us from meeting in-person for the Annual OCD Conference in Seattle this past year, it also provided us with the opportunity to expand our conference programming into the virtual sphere.

We are thrilled to offer a variety of events to encourage accessibility both in-person and online from the comfort of home. We encourage the global network of providers, educators, and people with lived experience to join us in community, collaboration, and education. Learn more about IOCDF conferences.

OCD Awareness Week

OCD Awareness Week is an international effort taking place during the second week in October each year to raise awareness and understanding about obsessive compulsive disorder and related disorders, with the goal of helping more people to get timely access to appropriate and effective treatment. Visit to learn more.

One Million Steps for OCD Walk

The One Million Steps for OCD Walk is an annual grassroots awareness-building and fundraising event to support the work of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) and its local Affiliates, while also increasing awareness about OCD and related disorders. Learn more and find an OCD Walk near you!

Advocate Program

The IOCDF Advocate Program is a grassroots effort designed to empower those in the community to raise awareness and educate the public about obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders. Led by National Advocates Ethan Smith and Dr. Liz McIngvale, the focus of this initiative is to engage our Grassroots Advocates about ways they can advocate for themselves and for others, as well as to educate the community with accurate information about this often misunderstood and misdiagnosed disorder. Learn more and become a Grassroots Advocate!

Pediatric Outreach Program

Our Pediatric Outreach Program aims to reach not only kids and teens affected by OCD, but also their families, friends, fellow students, teachers, mental health professionals and pediatricians. It works to raise awareness and provide general education about OCD to families, school personnel, and the general public as well as train professionals to effectively diagnoses and treat OCD and related disorders. Learn more about the Pediatric Outreach Program.