Overcoming Anxiety Seminar with Prof Salkovskis and Dr Victoria Bream on 11/05/2021
Every year Triumph Over Phobia (TOP UK) brings together prominent researchers, clinicians, and individuals with lived experience of OCD or phobias to showcase important research and share meaningful stories.
This year we are looking forward to a series of engaging presentations from leading Clinical Psychologists Professor Paul Salkovskis, and Dr Victoria Bream. We will also be sharing J-Lo Hall’s inspirational story of recovery. J-Lo is a TOP UK volunteer group leader who has battled with severe OCD.
The event is open to anyone with an interest in anxiety, as well as anyone who is affected by anxiety. Do not miss the opportunity to hear the country’s leading experts speak. More information about the topics being discussed and tickets which are available for a small donation are available on Eventbrite.
Brilliant Award Winning OCD Animation is released - "Don't Think of a Pink Elephant"
Multi-award winning short film, Don’t Think of a Pink Elephant, is the inspiring story of a teenage girl fighting against compulsive thoughts and urges. Layla has OCD and is terrified by her potential to do harm, until challenged to face her darkest fears.
Watch the video here
Created at the iconic National Film & Television School by Suraya Raja and her talented team of artists, Don’t Think of a Pink Elephant has showcased at over 100 international festivals including 6 BAFTA and 4 Oscar accredited festivals. It has won 15 awards for Best Animation or Best Director, and received many more nominations.
The film featured as part of the exhibition, ‘Herself: Girlhood in Stop-Motion Film’ at the Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara, USA. The exhibit included animation classes for girls, as well as facilitated discussions around mental health. The film has also been featured as part of a presentation for the Royal College of Psychiatrists and at training events for psychiatrists.
Crowdfunding campaign launched to raise money for new OCD research
Orchard, a new charity set up by OCD sufferer Nick Sireau, is using Crowdfunding to raise funds for a new research trial using psilocybin – the active ingredient in magic mushrooms – to see whether it might help treat OCD.
Prof David Nutt and his team at Imperial College have already shown that psilocybin is a novel, fast-acting anti-depressant. Nick wants to raise £80,000 for Prof Nutt to study whether it might also be an anti-obsessive. He already has funds of £30,000 in the bank and needs help to raise the remaining £50,000.
The research project is in partnership with Imperial College London and aims to investigate whether psilocybin is effective in reducing the symptoms of OCD. A previous, smaller study at the University of Arizona (published in 2006) showed that even a very small dose of psilocybin was effective in reducing OCD symptoms.
If you would like to support this study then please make a donation at the Crowdfunding page
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Bath Half Marathon 2020
A big thank you to Amy Parkinson who ran the Bath Half on 15th March 2020 for Triumph Over Phobia and raised a magnificent £368. We are very proud of her achievements and grateful that she trained so hard and completed the course.