A list of useful further reading

OCD Action Support Groups

OCD Action have a range of online support groups for people over 16, including a Youth support group, a Student support group (for university students) and a variety of support groups for different ‘subtypes’ of OCD. All their support groups are peer-led and confidential. They provide a friendly, safe space to chat to others who understand what it’s like to live with OCD. 

OCD Action also have support groups for parents of people with OCD. Signing up to attend any Parents groups gives you access to an additional monthly Navigating Services group, where parents can share their experiences of using mental health services and exchange tips with one another.


IOCDF Support Groups

There is a sense of community that exists in a well-run support group. It can mean finding others who know how you feel, or being seen as someone with a disorder rather than as the disorder itself.

While support groups are not meant to be a substitute for individual therapy, they can serve as a great step in that direction, or as an important addition to therapy, or part of a relapse prevention plan.

The IOCDF Resource Directory lists over 300 support groups or treatment groups for OCD and related disorders around the world, in person and online. Groups are offered for individuals with the disorder, in addition to their family, loved ones, and caregivers.


My OCD Community

The IOCDF partners with HealthUnlocked and launched a free peer-to-peer online community called My OCD Community for members to share their OCD experiences. The community is a safe space that allows you to post a question and receive answers from members of the forum, share your OCD journey, connect with others, and contribute to ongoing conversations.

OCD Action Helplines

The OCD Action Helpline provides one-to-one information and support to anyone affected by OCD, including parents/guardians of people with OCD. To get in touch, either call 0300 636 5478 or email support@ocdaction.org.uk. Opening times are Monday-Friday, 9:30am-8pm UK time. If there isn’t a volunteer available to take your call, leave a message with your telephone number and a volunteer will be in touch as soon as possible. 


  • 0300 636 5478 

Email support@ocdaction.org.uk

OCD Action’s Youth e-Helpline has information and support around OCD, the recommended treatments and how to access them, and support with speaking to loved ones about your OCD.


Emergency Support (UK)

If you are ever in crisis and in need of emergency support, you should always call 999 or visit your nearest A&E. 

You can also reach out to an organisation called The Mix who provide a free 24/7 crisis messenger service where you can have a 1-2-1 chat with somebody in confidence via text message. To reach them, simply text THEMIX to 85258.

Emergency Support (US)

If you are in a crisis, or you are ever feeling suicidal or unsafe, please call the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline by dialing “988” (you can also access online at www.988lifeline.org), go to your local emergency room, or call 911.

Emergency Support outside the UK or US

If you live outside the UK or the US and are in a crisis and in need of emergency support, check this list of international hotlines to find support.