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Understanding OCD – Part 4 (Instrumental Health – A Mental Health Documentary Series)

Understanding OCD – Part 4 (Instrumental Health – A Mental Health Documentary Series)


[Music] I’m running 230 kilometres through the Amazon rainforest of Peru. The actual event is called the Jungle Ultra, and I’m doing the event to raise money and awareness for OCD Action. Why do I take on these massive challenges? My answer is this. Number 1 – it gives my pain some kind of purpose. Number 2 – I’ve learned that on the other side of pain is extreme growth. [Music] And number 3 – they allow me to practice courage. Nelson Mandela once said “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear” [Music] If I can prevent one young lad going through to 20 years of horrendous struggle that I went through then every mile seems to me to be worthwhile. [Music] Am I frightened about going to the jungle? You bet I am. But one thing that I’ve learnt through my life is that if you can endure OCD, you can endure anything. [Music] I have an Instagram account called Male Anxiety Depression, aka MAD, and I’ve been sharing on MAD and I’ve been sharing on my personal Facebook short little videos promoting the run, but, of course, raising awareness about obsessive compulsive disorder, and the inbox messages that I’ve been receiving and the positive likes, comments and shares from everybody on social media has been really, really, really encouraging. One lad in particular, who was to the same level that I was, close to committing suicide, and he’s had his little breakthrough as a result of the social media posts. It’s going to take time for things to change, but yeah, slowly but surely hopefully we’ll get to a stage where it’s normal to talk about it and normal to reach out and get help.

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