International OCD Foundation (IOCDF)

Global Partners

At the Annual Conference in Minneapolis, MN, we formally announced that the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation had become the International OCD Foundation. In part we adopted the new name in order to emphasize the international directions we had already begun to take. For example, the Genetics Collaborative Board is a group of genetics investigators from North America, South America, Europe and Africa. The Collaborative currently has more than 50 members and has been in operation since the Foundation’s Annual Conference in 2002 (click here to learn more).

In addition, we have had an increase in inquiries from countries all over the world via mail and email. Approximately 25% of our website hits and 10% of our FaceBook friends are international as well. The inquiries have ranged from individuals looking for services in their own country to requests for guidance on how to set up a foundation like ours in their country. As a result, we began contacting other OCD foundations around the world to help coordinate efforts. These efforts range from collaborating on OCD Awareness Week, to translating psychoeducation about OCD into different languages, to helping others around the world find the limited resources available for the treatment of OCD.

Please see below for a list of our "Global Partners." In addition, we have listed groups in the process of forming. A contact person is listed for those groups still seeking volunteers to get a new organization up and running. If you are a representative of a non-profit OCD foundation or are trying to form one, and want to be listed on this page, please fill out this form.

Canada

Canadian OCD Network

Contact: 

Dr. Evelyn Stewart/Jo-Ann Bateman
938 W. 28th Ave
Vancouver, BC V5Z4H4

Phone: 604-898-9355
Email: canadian.ocd.network@gmail.com
Website: www.canadianocdnetwork.com (in development)

Description of Organizations mission and goals: 

Founded in 2011 by a group of people dedicated to increasing awareness and support for Canadians that have OCD. Goals are to increase public awareness, provide opportunities for clinician training, improve communication, and support research.

China

OCD China 

Contact: 

Jian-Ping Wang, Ph.D., M.D.
Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, School of Psychology

19#Xinjiekouwaidajie, Haidian District, Beijing,100875
1514 Houzhulou, Beijing Normal University

Phone: 150 1003 7261
Email: wjphh@bnu.edu.cn
Blog: http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_923013e00100v4xx.html 
Website: http://www.ocfoundation.cn/ 

Description of Organization’s mission and goals: 

OCD China is in the process of formation. While we are based in Beijing, we are interested in connecting with individuals all around China who would be interested in becoming involved. Our mission is to help provide resources to individuals with OCD and related disorders and to their families. Our hope is to be able to raise awareness of OCD and related disorders around China and to provide training and support for research eventually.

Ireland

OCD Ireland

Contact: 

Brian Davis
OCD Ireland
24 Premier Square
Finglas Road
Dublin 11
Ireland

Phone: NA
Email: info@ocdireland.org
Website: www.ocdireland.org 

Description of Organizations mission and goals: 

OCD Ireland is a non-profit organization, which began in 2003, whose primary goal is to provide support to people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) and Trichotillomania (TTM or Trich) as well as to their family and friends. OCD Ireland also collaborates with and is partnered with St Patrick's University Hospital, Dublin (www.stpatrickshosp.ie).

In order to achieve this aim, OCD Ireland provides free informational talks about these disorders, advertises local support groups, and works with media to develop positive messages and images associated with these disorders.

Japan

OCD Japan 

Contact:
Masaru Horikoshi, PhD

Email: mhorikoshi@ncnp.go.jp
website: https://sites.google.com/site/ocdjapan/home 

OCD Ohanashikai 

Contact:
Masatoshi Arizono, PSW
Zip 180-0006 901 Radiance Mitaka 1-23-1 Nakachou Musashino-shi Tokyo-to Japan

Email address: hareotoko_ari@yahoo.co.jp
Website: http://kyou89.fc2web.com/ (in Japanese)

"Ohanashi" means talking or chatting and "kai" means a society or a meeting — "OCD Ohanashikai" means a society talking about OCD. When we formed this group, OCD patients and families in Tokyo had no other place to talk about OCD to each other. This society has become a safe and understanding place for those with OCD.

New Zealand

Anxiety Support

Contact: 

Anxiety Support
Mental Health Advocacy and Peer Support Trust (MHAPS)
PO Box 33 332
Christchurch 8244
New Zealand

Phone: 64 3 377 9665
Email: info@anxietysupport.org.nz 
Website: www.info@anxietysupport.org.nz 

Description of Organizations mission and goals: 

Anxiety Support at MHAPS is a non-profit organization for people who experience, or support others who have OCD or any other form of anxiety and who are aged 18-65 living and in Canterbury. All of our staff have personal experience of anxiety and their journeys are often helpful to others who are seeking to recover or to live well in spite of it. Our services are free to anyone in Canterbury without the need for a referral and include, information, education and change programmes and various forms of online and individual peer support. We also provide access to various client run peer support groups.

South Africa

The South African Depression and Anxiety Group

Contact: 

Zane Wilson and Shai Friedland
The South African Depression and Anxiety Group
P O Box 650301
Benmore
2010
South Africa

Phone: 011-262-6396
Email: Zane1@hargray.com or shai.friedland@gmail.com
Website: www.sadag.org and www.ownocd.ning.com 

Description of Organizations mission and goals: 

Celebrating 15 years of mental health and advocacy in 2010, the South African Depression and Anxiety Group is the country’s largest and most recognized mental health initiative. As the nation’s leading advocacy and educational voice on mental health, SADAG has been tirelessly committed to improving the mental health and well-being of thousands of South Africans. Mental illness, and the stigma surrounding it, is a crucial issue in South Africa, and as such SADAG is at the forefront of patient advocacy, education and destigmatization of mental illness in the country. Its expertise lies in assisting patients and callers throughout South Africa with mental health queries.

SADAG’s programs include a network of over 180 Support Groups throughout South Africa, a phone counseling service, educational materials, newsletters, a referral service to appropriate treatment, workshops and training programs, and work with school systems.

Sweden

Svenska OCD-forbundet Ananke 

Contact: 

Lars Ekvall
Svenska OCD forbundet Ananke
Svalovsvagen 1
121 53 Johanneshov

Phone number: 468 628 3030 or 08 628 3030
Email address: mailbox@ananke.org
Website: www.ocdforbundet.se 

Description of Organizations mission and goals: 

The Swedish OCD Association of Ananke is a nationwide non-profit organization founded in 1989 with the task of supporting people with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and related conditions such as Tourette syndrome, trichotillomania and body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) and their relatives.

United Kindgom

OCD-UK 

Contact: 

Ashley Fulwood
OCD-UK
PO Box 8955
Nottingham,
NG10 9AU

Phone number: 0845 120 3778
Email address: support@ocduk.org or office@ocduk.org
Website: www.ocduk.org 

Description of Organizations mission and goals: 

We work with, and for children and adults with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, health professionals and researchers to develop and share our experiences and knowledge to help people increase their understanding about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and to help reduce the effect of OCD on the lives of those that suffer with this debilitating illness.

It is our belief that everyone affected by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder should receive the most appropriate and the highest quality standards of care, support and treatment. Goals of our organization include advocacy, raising awareness, lobbying, and education.