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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