Events & Programs


Join us in September for the annual 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk right here in Seattle, WA!



1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk in Seattle, WA

Saturday June 1st at WestCrest Park in West Seattle!

When: Saturday, June 1, 2019  10am-1pm (pick up your t-shirt or register for the walk at 10am.  Walk starts at 10:30am.)
Where: Westcrest Park, Meeting place is just south of the playground.

1. Go to the CrowdRise registration page here and click “Register” and sign up as an individual walker and then choose to either create a Walk Team, join an existing Walk Team, or walk and fundraise on your own. Each registered walker will automatically get their own personal fundraising page to customize and share.

2.  We will have on-site registration for those who have not registered yet!  

3.  There will be coffee/tea/water available at the walk and we will have snacks following the walk.

4. Join and walk with us on June 1st at Westcrest Park in West Seattle and make sure to share your experience using social media and the hashtag #1Million4OCD.

NAMI Washington’s The Brain Power Chronicles:  Mental Health Stories:
Everyone has a story to tell.
In May of 2017, NAMI Washington held our first ever storytelling event: “The Brain Power Chronicles: Mental Health Stories”… an evening that focused on real people sharing their real stories of they or their loved ones living with mental illness. Their stories were powerful, and shone a spotlight on the intersection of mental health and the arts.
We know there are more stories out there. 
On March 17th, NAMI Washington invites you to audition to share your experience as someone living with mental illness or the friend/family member of someone who is, and help eradicate stigma, build community, and support the work of our organization across the state.
We are looking for participants for a multi-session storytelling workshop from April to November, culminating with a live performance of “The Brain Power Chronicles: Mental Health Stories” at a Seattle-area theatre on November 10, 2018.
Bill Bernat, an accomplished storyteller and friend of NAMI, has volunteered to lead this workshop series. You will hone your storytelling skills and develop and shape your story with a small group of fellow performers.
Auditions will be held on Saturday, March 17th, starting at 1:30PM at the offices of NAMI Washington in Seattle.
To audition: Please head to the Brain Power Chronicles page on our website, fill out the questionnaire and email or mail it to
Krystal Marx, Director of Development at NAMI Washington
NAMI Washington
Questionnaires will be accepted until Monday, March 12th.

#OCDWeek Video Contest
We are excited to announce that the IOCDF are now accepting entries for our annual

OCD Awareness Week Video Contest! 

Each year the contest asks community members to submit original videos that help challenge stereotypes, fight stigma, and most importantly, raise awareness about OCD. Whether you’re a professional videographer or simply someone with a smartphone camera who is willing and ready to share your story, we want to hear from you!
Don’t want to make a video? Don’t worry, you can still participate by voting on your favorite film!

Sam Foster Album Release Party Event

We are so excited to celebrate as Sam launches a new album – and you’re invited to the party! The whole family is welcome – so bring the kids, just send the kids alone, whatever works for you – but all are welcome! Refreshments will be served. Feel free to bring a friend!  Saturday, September 9that 7:00pm (doors open at 6:30).  Blakely Hall in Issaquah Highlands.

Sam will perform some of the songs live and some we will be played in their produced entirety – and Sam will talk about his feelings and intent behind this very personal album. It is all about his struggle with severe OCD – and he will hopefully shed some light on this often debilitating mental illness.

The event is FREE, but RSVP is requested so that Highlands Council and Highlands Youth Advisory Board (who are amazingly sponsoring this event for Sam!) know how many people are coming. Click here to RSVP for your free tickets:

Sam Foster Music Event Poster

Sam Foster Bio

We hope you can join us on Saturday May 27, for a fantastic two-part event:

First, at 3:30pm, providers in the OCD and anxiety field will be gathering to share resources and connect. We look forward to the opportunity to meet, and to support each other as we grow our community of OCD professionals.

Immediately following, at 4:30, we  are honored to have the experienced improvisers of ComedySportz leading a free workshop focused on the benefits of Improv for Anxiety. This event is co-hosted by OCD Washington and CSz Seattle, the folks who perform ComedySportz, and will be held in the performance space at the Atlas Theater.

At this event, attendees are invited to play games with experienced improvisers who will illustrate how improv can be fun and how it can help individuals manage their anxiety better.  Individuals with OCD and related illnesses, their loved ones and professional members of our community are all welcome to the Improv for Anxiety event and its FREE!

CSz Seattle is located in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle at:

Atlas Theater:  3509 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

To attend this event please rsvp at by May 20, 2017.

Please feel free to call us with any questions, (425) 243-4794

1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk in Seattle, WA

OCD Washington is excited to announce that we will be participating in the 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk and holding walk event on Saturday June 3rd at Green Lake Park in Seattle!

When: Saturday, June 3, 2017  10am-1pm
Where: Green Lake Park, Meeting place is in the open green space by the Bathhouse Theatre which is located at:
7312 West Green Lake Dr N, Seattle, WA 98103

1. Go to the CrowdRise registration page here and click “Register” and sign up as an individual walker and then choose to either create a Walk Team, join an existing Walk Team, or walk and fundraise on your own. Each registered walker will automatically get their own personal fundraising page to customize and share.

2. Registration is completely free! However, all walkers who raise a minimum of $25 on their personal fundraiser by Monday, May 8th, 2017 will receive an official Walk T-shirt at the Walk on June 3rd. Make sure to customize your fundraising page to tell your unique story and then share it via email and social media with family, friends, and coworkers to have them join your team or donate to raise awareness and funds to support the OCD and related disorders community leading up to the event.

3. Join and walk with us on June 3rd at Green Lake in Seattle and make sure to share your experience using social media and the hashtag #1Million4OCD.

Click here to register today!

International OCD Awareness Week – October 9-15, 2016

Art Gallery Meet and Greet

When: October 9th from 2pm – 4pm
Location: RSVP for location

We are having an Art Gallery showcasing art inspired by OCD. Those with OCD, their loved ones and their health care providers are encouraged to submit art. We are accepting performance art, prose, photos, sculpture, drawings, paintings, and music. All ages are encouraged to submit work. This event is by invitation only as it will be hosted at a private business in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle on Sunday October 9, 2016. Please contact if you are interested in submitting art or simply attending.


When: October 15th from 1pm – 3pm
Location: Swedish Orthopedic Institute
601 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122

OCD Washington is hosting an event for OCD Awareness week where we will be showing clips of shows and/or movies that portray OCD in the media with discussion to follow. Snacks will be provided. We hope you can attend! Please email if you have any questions, Please rsvp at the same email,, to help us organize enough snacks!