Big up to Channel 4 and Jon Richardson for last week’s A Little Bit OCD, which was broadcast on Tuesday night. It’s part of their 4 Goes Mad season which aims to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination. The programme topped the Twitter trending topics as it aired and grabbed the top slot for 16-34s with 1.6m viewers on the night.
A Little Bit OCD, fronted by Jon Richardson, gave a fascinating, sympathetic and gentle insight into this condition which can be incredibly debilitating. As the show went out I followed the steady stream of tweets from those watching with me which offered a second narrative. Emotions ranged from shock, empathy and recognition. It seems that people came away profoundly moved by the stories of those living with the condition.
It was great to see the involvement of mental health charities – in particular,
Time To Change – not only with advising the programme-makers, but actively tweeting on the night. They made the most of the hashtag, making it easy for viewers to find help, advice and information.
Channel 4 and the programme-makers deserve praise for making this series well researched, talked about (in the press as well as social media) and accessible.
Below is our Storify of tweets from the night.
The programme is available online for a few weeks, so
watch it on 4oD if you missed it!
Read Lucy Mangan’s review in The Guardian [<a href=”http://storify.com/Liberty842/a-little-bit-ocd” target=”_blank”>View the story “#ALittleBitOCD” on Storify</a>]<br /> <h1>#ALittleBitOCD</h1> <h2>Jon Richardson’s A Little Bit OCD aired on Tues 24 July on Channel 4 as part of the #4GoesMad season. There were fascinating and enlightening Twitter comments around the top trending #ALittleBitOCD hashtag. Mental health charities usefully tweeted advice during the programme and the morning after.</h2> <p>Storified by LIBERTY842 Ltd · Mon, Jul 30 2012 01:59:58</p> <div>Well it’s the big day! Tonight at 10pm… Independence Day is on Sky1. "You don’t want to die a virgin, do you?" Awesome.Jon Richardson</div> <div>Or you can see my OCD film on C4, the strengths of which are entirely down to the awesome production team + the bravery of our contributors.Jon Richardson</div> <div>Seems most went with Jon’s programme – the overnight viewing audience was 1.6m, winning the 10pm slot among 16-34 year olds. Reading the tweets alongside the programme offered up a second fascinating layer of insight and conversation, including contributions from Mind and Time To Change charities. </div> <div>#ALittleBitOCD radio volume has to be on a even number.CallumRudd</div> <div>Watching Jon Richardson – #ALittleBitOCD, just goes to show there is a huge difference between OCD and just being tidy..Kie</div> <div>Great discussion about ‘spoon gate’! It seems like such an exhausting disorder. #ALittleBitOCD #4GoesMadClaire</div> <div>#ALittleBitOCD on Channel 4, great to see an interesting documentation on a serious disorder which is often shrugged at or laughed upon.#OCDThose 3 Wordsx</div> <div>Jon Richardson is a very engaging host. Loving #ALittleBitOCD. Well done that man.David Lawrie</div> <div>Jon Richardon’s programme on OCD is really interesting. Good that something that is so misunderstood is getting a proper treatment.Andrew Taylor</div> <div>It’s thanks to the bravery of people like Gemma & John on #ALittleBitOCD that many people will learn about #OCD & will talk about it tonightTime to Change</div> <div>@TimetoChange It’s a great insight into this often debilitating illness and it’s being shown in a new lightOCD sufferers UK</div> <div>@TimetoChange i dont think it tells the whole story of the condition but Jon Richardson is touching and insightful. Overall its a good doc.Sara-Jane Reilly</div> <div>Watching #alittlebitOCD on Channel 4. People who have NO rituals amaze me more than those who do.Susie Verrill</div> <div>@TimetoChange #alittlebitOCD #4goesmad -bril, honest look. Made me reconsider my ‘quirks’. Very brave all though – lots of respect for themTeri Newsom</div> <div>#ALittleBitOCD is trending worldwide!Esme McKenzie</div> <div>Contamination is a common obsession of OCD and can be very worrying and frightening http://bit.ly/PFjOnE #4goesmad #alittlebitOCDMind</div> <div>@jonrichardson’s programme about OCD is really interesting. Having suffered quite badly in my teens it really resonates.Oliver Powell</div> <div>Oh my word 🙁 that poor woman. To lose a child to that must be devastating 🙁 #alittlebitocdDaisy Mowels</div> <div>#ALittleBitOCD was such a great program, its great to get people talking about things like this fair play to jon richardsonNiamh Moloney</div> <div>@jonrichardson thank u for prog on OCD very enlightening.loved your obsessive compulsive order take at the end#4GoesMadPositivePeopleCoach</div> <div>Jon Richardson concludes he has Obsessive Compulsive *Order* after his investigation into #OCD. Great to see mental health discussion on TVTime to Change</div> <div>The progabout OCD educated me lastnight & OCD deserves it’s own respectamongst Mental Health issues! #alittlebitOCD #4goesmad #mentalhealthFrank Parker</div> <div>1.6m watched Jon Richardson: A Little Bit OCD at 10pm on Channel 4 last night, winning the slot for 16-34s #4GoesMadChannel 4 Press</div> <div>Thanks to @RonJichardson for a great programme last night. #4goesmad #alittlebitocd OCD Action’s Helpline is 0845 390 6232.OCD Action</div> <div>Did you see #4GoesMad @RonJichardson programme last night? If you are suffering with #OCD, visit your GP to find out how we can helpD&W Mental Health</div> <div>Busy week thanks to #4GoesMad progs, but shows all charities still have much more to do to change perceptions about MH, and for us OCD.OCD-UK</div> <div>If the #4GoesMad season has made you wonder about OCD, we have some great resources on our website – I’ll link to them now!YoungMinds</div> <p>