International OCD Awareness Week: October 13–19, 2019

OCD Awareness Week 2020, October 11-17

We're so excited to kick off the 2020 OCD Awareness Week!

Each year during the second full week of October, community groups, service organizations, and clinics across the US and around the world celebrate throughout the week with events such as educational lecture series, OCD-inspired art exhibits, grassroots fundraisers, and more. 

Last year's OCD Week was a great success and we look forward to seeing what we can accomplish in 2020. Keep checking back for updates on what we have planned!

This #OCDWeek, join us and #DrawYourMonster!

For 2020 OCD Awareness Week, our IOCDF Ambassadors will invite all members of the OCD and related disorders community to participate in a new social media campaign aimed at raising awareness and helping everyone with anxiety feel less alone. As part of our partnership with Sean Shinnock of Draw Your Monster, participants will draw their anxiety and then participate in a fun video activity on social media. Stay tuned for more details!

Participate in an #OCDWeek event

The IOCDF hosts a number of programs and special events to celebrate #OCDWeek. Here are just a few of the events we're holding this year. Check out our calendar for more information and to see what our local Affiliates are up to this week!

Virtual 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk

On Saturday, October 10th, 2020, the IOCDF and our local Affiliates will kick off #OCDWeek with our first-ever Virtual 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk!

This year, instead of multiple in-person events across the country, the 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk will be transformed into one unified, virtual event. Register and raise funds, then join us for a virtual event on October 10th to kick off a walk in your own community.

Join us from wherever you are, while raising funds and awareness for OCD and related disorders!

Learn more and register.

Virtual Voices for Mental Health: An Online Day of Action

On Monday, October 12th and Tuesday, October 13th, we will gather from the comfort of our own living rooms for Virtual Voices For Mental Health: An Online Day of Action! Join us for two days of learning and advocacy, and make your voice heard on key pieces of mental health legislation.

On Monday, October 12th, we will hold an evening of live virtual programming that will prepare you to be an effective advocate for key mental health legislation. The next day, you will take action by contacting your elected representatives and making your voice heard.

This event is open to people with OCD and related disorders, their families, friends, clinicians, and all other members of the mental health community.

To register, visit!

Online events 

The IOCDF also organizes online events for #OCDWeek. Stay tuned for updates!

Find an event in your community

Our local Affiliates organize events all around the country. Check the IOCDF Calendar for up-to-the-minute information about activities and events taking place in communities across the globe. You can submit an event for the 2020 calendar by clicking here.

Don’t see an event near you?
Start one! Host an open mic night or viewing party, organize a pizza fundraiser, arrange to speak at a local school or university, or just make it your mission to be a social media advocate for the week. We want you to be part of this!

Help us spread the word

Social media is a great way to spread awareness about OCD and related disorders. During OCD Awareness Week, there are a number of ways you can get involved online. In addition to participating in #FaceYourFear, we invite you to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, share our posts, and help us spread awareness in other ways: