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4 December 2015

Gofal backs calls for OCD service improvements

On Thursday 3rd December S4C Newyddion featured a news story about the barriers to specialist treatment and support for people with OCD. The programme featured John Lewis, father of Gofal volunteer and Time to Change Wales Champion Manon, who spoke about their personal experiences of the illness.

Gofal provided a quote for the news piece and our Chief Executive Ewan Hilton said:

“The World Health Organisation has listed OCD as the tenth most debilitating mental or physical illness and we know that it can have a severe impact on people’s lives.  It can consume excessive amounts of time, cause significant distress and affect people’s participation in education, employment and social activities.

“It is crucial that people who need specialist support do not face unnecessary delays. The Welsh Government and health boards must ensure that we have the right level of expertise in Wales so that conditions such as OCD can be identified early and those who need it can access specialist treatment and support as soon as possible. We welcome the recent additional investment in mental health services but it is essential that this leads to a reduction in waiting times and crucially delivers positive outcomes for people with mental health problems such as OCD.

As a society we also need to challenge and reduce the stigma surrounding OCD so that people feel more comfortable to speak out and seek help for their mental health.”

You can view the news story in English or in Welsh.

You can also listen to our Policy and Public Affairs Manager Katie Dalton on BBC Radio Wales, talking about the impact of OCD on people's lives and the importance of ensuring our mental health services have the right expertise to support people like Manon. Listen again here (27 minutes in)

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