WHO WE ARE

OCDbc is a volunteer parent advocacy group that came together with the goal of helping create an OCD Centre of Excellence at BC Children's Hospital in Vancouver, BC. We exist to raise awareness among policy makers and the general public about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD); to help educate health practitioners and teachers about the effective diagnosis, treatment and research surrounding OCD; to connect people suffering from OCD with treatment providers and to provide support to families with children and adolescents affected by OCD.

We believe that OCD is the "hidden epidemic" and is associated with the same stigma as other mental illnesses, but we also believe that there's hope because there's help.

WHY

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is relatively unknown and yet it affects approximately one million Canadians. On average there is at least one student in every two classrooms who suffer from OCD, a frequency comparable to diabetes. It can be closely related to anxiety, depression and even suicide, but if properly diagnosed its root cause can be treated with astounding success.

HOW WE HELP

Our group of motivated parents all share stories of sons, daughters and family members trapped or hospitalized with OCD. Fortunately, we had access to treatment through the *Pediatric OCD Program at BC Children's Hospital. This is the only program of its kind in Canada. It is headed by Dr. Evelyn Stewart who, along with her team, delivers leading edge therapies and research. Recruited from Harvard, Dr. Stewart has designs on establishing a 'Centre of Excellence' for the study and treatment of OCD in Canada, and we are committed to supporting those ambitions with an "OCD House" to help expand the existing program. Currently, severe OCD cases in other provinces are sent to the United States for treatment, so additional capacity in Vancouver will provide a Canadian 'in country' option.

We are working in conjunction with the Kelty Patrick Dennehy Foundation, www.thekeltyfoundation.org and the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre, www.keltymentalhealth.ca, which have long standing working relationships with BC Children's and the infrastructure to help raise funds and supply resources for people who wish to learn more about the disorder and perhaps seek help.

We as a parent group want to determine ways of accessing the necessary and adequate funding (public and private) that will allow the Pediatric OCD Program at BC Children's to realize its goals.

* The Pediatric OCD Program is administered by BC Mental Health & Addiction Services, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority.


For more information or to donate, contact:

Malcolm Ashford 604 765 4755
Leanne Mackenzie 604 928 2422
Visit: OCDbc.ca / Email: info@OCDbc.ca