Registration is open for the 4th Annual 1 Million Steps for OCD Walk, co-hosted by OCD Sacramento, fellow IOCDF affiliate, OCD SF Bay Area, and the International OCD Foundation! The Walk will be held this year on June 10th, 2017 (the SECOND weekend in June) at the California State Capitol in downtown Sacramento.
OCD Sacramento, an official affiliate of the International OCD Foundation, is honored to host its annual networking event in commemoration of International OCD Awareness Week held between October 9-15, 2016. Sponsored by The Anxiety Treatment Center of Sacramento and Roseville, Azure Acres, Timberline Knolls, Eating Recovery Center, and Black Stallion Winery, this celebration is for all mental health professionals who are interested in connecting with others in the community to share their expertise. Anxiety Disorders share significant overlap with other disorders and we invite you to join us to collaborate on how through joint effects, we can serve not only this population, but those you are working with as well. Enjoy great food, drinks, and an amazing networking opportunity. RSVP requested by October 7, 2016. Contact Dr. Robin Zasio, PsyD, LCSW at (916) 366-0647 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Where: The Anxiety Treatment Center of Sacramento
9300 Tech Center Drive, Suite 250, Sacramento, CA 95826
When: October 13, 2016
“Medication Discussion Group”
Presented by Guy Taylor, LPCC, MA
PhD Practicum Student
Topics in this discussion include~ what happens when we take medications, side effects of medications, how medications work, why we should take medications, and what we should consider when taking medication and the importance of talking to your doctor.
Reserved seating is encouraged. Contact Dr. Robin Zasio, Psy.D., LCSW at 916.366.0647, Ext. 4 or at email@example.com.
For the 3rd year in a row, OCD Sacramento will be hosting the 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk! This year, we are very excited to announce that we have joined forces with OCD SF Bay Area to co-host the Northern California 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk to take place in Oakland, CA on Saturday, June 4, 2016!
Members of the OCD community are invited to join us at Lake Merritt Amphitheatre in Oakland to meet others in the community, raise awareness about OCD and related disorders, and raise funds to support the important work of OCD SF Bay Area, OCD Sacramento and the IOCDF.
The 2nd annual 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk will take place on Saturday, June 6 2015.
WHERE: Southside Park – 2115 6th Street, Sacramento
WHEN: Saturday, June 6, 2015
Opening Ceremony: 9:30am
Walk Start: 10am
The 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk on the west coast will take place in one week on Saturday, May 10th in the Capitol City of California, Sacramento. I’m really excited about this walk. It is another step toward the IOCDF’s goal of working with our affiliates to someday host walks in communities and towns all across the country. The OCD Sacramento affiliate has done a great job planning this walk with us in a short period of time.
One of the biggest reasons we started the 1 Million Steps 4 OCD walk was to encourage people in the OCD community to step outside, take a stand, and become an advocate helping to raise awareness about OCD and related disorders. One such advocate is Erik Duarte.
Last year, Erik was so inspired by the Asselin family’s story of their son Nathaniel’s struggle with BDD, Erik, who himself has struggled with BDD, joined the 2012 walk in Boston “virtually.”
This year, Erik was lucky enough to have a walk in his own backyard: Erik will be attending the 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk in Sacramento on May 10th to share his story about overcoming BDD. I’ve asked Erik if he would share his story with you today, and to encourage all of you to join the walk, whether you are in Sacramento, Boston, or anywhere else. You can make a difference by telling your story, raising awareness, and raising money to support the IOCDF.
For the past six years, I’ve had the great privilege of serving as a national spokesperson for the IOCDF, and during that time, I’ve enjoyed participating in all kinds of conferences, talks, and special events. None has raised my excitement more than the 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk. There’s just something magic about what this project has to offer.
First, this is our chance to come together as a community—to show the world how united we are in our commitment to raising awareness around OCD and related disorders. Just think about the stigma-busting message we are sending by bringing together people living with OCD and their loved ones, professional treatment providers, and our generous supporters from across the country. We are saying, loudly and proudly: “We are facing this challenge together, so no one ever needs to feel alone.”
Second, 1 Million Steps 4 OCD offers us a powerful platform for raising money—critical funding for research, education, and a variety of IOCDF programs that support countless people impacted by OCD. By providing the ability for donors to walk either in person or virtually, this campaign allows anyone, anywhere to get involved. Grassroots fundraising at its best!
Finally, as anyone who has followed my own outreach knows, I am a firm believer in the notion that we help ourselves by helping others. Many of us impacted by OCD have been through—or are currently going through—great pain because of this disorder. By affording us an opportunity to turn this adversity into advocacy, 1 Million Steps 4 OCD allows us to be of service to others impacted by OCD, and in so doing, derive an extremely motivating sense of purpose. What a gift!
On Saturday, May 10, I will be serving as emcee of this year’s inaugural 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk in Sacramento. If you’re in the area, please come join me and the many other West Coast walkers who will gather in Southside Park, a popular park just blocks from the California State Capitol. To learn more, visit: www.iocdf.org/walkNORCAL.
For those of you in the Boston area, be sure to join the East Coast walkers on Saturday, June 7, at Jamaica Pond, site of last year’s phenomenally successful inaugural walk. (To learn more about the Boston walk, visit: www.iocdf.org/walkBOSTON.)
And please remember that if you can’t take part in the Boston or Sacramento walks, you can always join the walk “virtually” by setting up a fundraising page and pledging to Walk for OCD between now and June 7th. This can be something you do on your own, such as your daily morning walk or run, or you can gather a team of friends and family to walk with you at a local park on a specific day. If you sign up by May 10, 2014, you can even receive your walk T-shirt in time to wear it as you walk. To learn how to walk in your community, visit: www.iocdf.org/virtualwalk.
If all of this sounds a bit daunting, I hope you will follow the advice of my dear friend Denis Asselin, who walked over 500 miles—or roughly one million steps—in memory of his son Nathaniel, a longtime sufferer of severe body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) and OCD. As Denis told me, you simply make the journey one step at a time.
IOCDF Spokesperson and Board Member
OCD Sacramento and the International OCD Foundation are excited to announce the first annual 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk on the west coast! Join us on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at Southside Park in downtown Sacramento. All proceeds from the walk will support programs of both the IOCDF and OCD Sacramento.
The 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk began in Boston last year, and we are so excited to be hosting walks in both Boston and Sacramento this year. It is our hope that these Walks will be just the first two of many walks in towns all over the country in the coming years.
If you live in Sacramento or the Northern California area and would like to join with other members of your community and walk in Sacramento, click here.
OCD SACRAMENTO FOUNDATION is hosting a wine & cheese networking event to support OCD Awareness Week. Come & join us Wednesday, October 16 @ 6:30 pm for an evening of sharing resources and connecting with colleagues in the field. Consumers will share their journey with OCD and how treatment changed their life. Auction to raise funds to continue to develop resources to educate the community for proper treatment for OCD and related conditions. RSVP: Dr. Robin Zasio @ firstname.lastname@example.org or 916.366.0647, Ext. 4
- Helen Jones Gallery – >www.HelenJonesGallery.com
- Jonathan K and Co. – www.jonathankjewelry.com
- Roxy Restaurant – www.roxyrestaurantandbar.com
- Black Stallion Winery – www.blackstallionwinery.com
- OCD Board Members – Spa gift basket, Evening out gift basket, Baking gift basket Pasta gift basket
- Sierra Office Supply – www.sierrabg.com
OCD SACRAMENTO FOUNDATION is thrilled to kick off OCD Awareness Week beginning in October with a presentation by Dr. Robin Zasio, Psy.D. and Jeff Bell, Author/Radio Personality on September 28, 2013 from 9am-11am. Come join us for Finding Motivation in the Face of Anxiety. Treatment strategies and first-hand accounts of the struggles anxiety disorders bring in recovery process will be discussed. $40.00 per person. All proceeds support OCD Sacramento Foundation, a Non-Profit Organization. For registration or location, contact Dr. Robin Zasio at 916.366.0647, Ext.4 or email@example.com. Presentation is for anyone who wants to learn more about the treatment for anxiety disorders.