What is The Secret Illness? It is a global community that explores the realities of living with obsessive compulsive disorder through the Creative Arts.
What is it’s purpose? OCD is an often mis-understood and trivialised mental illness. We want to change that.
How to achieve this purpose? By creating written, audio and visual expressions of what OCD means to those living with the disorder and developing a space where these can be shared with the OCD community and the wider public.
Becca Rawlings – Co Founder, Managing Director Becca is committed to driving The Secret Illness vision into new and exciting formats as our team grows and adapts to the needs of the OCD community. Becca leads our team structure, culture and communications whilst project managing our wider goals and aims for the future. She also manages our Twitter and Instagram feeds. By profession, Becca is Head of Business Services for an independent media company in Soho, London.
Liz Smith – Co Founder, Creative Director Liz is focused on the creative vision for The Secret Illness and the development of ideas as to how to use the creative arts to explore and express what it is like to live with OCD. Liz is a filmmaker by profession, she explores social issues through documentary, and is the host of What’s Going On In Your Head?, live shows that explore a wide range of mental health disorders through performance art.
Steph Coen – Community Collaborator Steph brings her lived experience with OCD to her role in The Secret Illness. She inputs into all aspects of our project development, from conceptualising new creative formats to fundraising to community engagement. Steph takes a special role in responding to community comments, questions, and feedback. She also manages our Facebook page. In her day job, Steph is an academic, and lends her grant-writing and word-smithing skills to our work.
Christian Bower – Operations Manager Christian has 10 years’ experience of supporting people with OCD and heads up the organisational side of the Secret Illnesses operations. He liaises with all the amazing contributors and collaborators that make this global community so special. Christian’s role also focuses on funding future projects so that the Secret Illness can continue raise awareness of OCD and related conditions and amplify the voices those with lived experience.
Abby Rotstein – Editor Abby edits blog submissions for The Secret Illness. She aims to provide writers with helpful tips while allowing their voice and vision to shine through in their work. Abby represents The Secret Illness from the United States, where she works to reduce stigma by sharing her OCD story with her local community. She does stand-up as well, proving that lightness can help drown out the dark.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or if you would like to get involved