Documentary filmmaker Liz Smith recently created an online platform that serves as a safe space for users to share their OCD experiences. For those who suffer from mental illness, it can be difficult to share experiences without fear of judgment. This platform provides an anonymous, judgement-free space for users to connect with those who may share similar experiences.
Smith's initiative is called The Wall and it is part of the Secret Illness platform. Smith allows users to email her their OCD experiences and she will then curate them before posting them to The Wall. Once posted, other users can view the different submissions to gain a better understanding of what it is like to live with OCD. As the website explains, "OCD is an often misunderstood and trivialised mental illness. We want to change that."
The platform ultimately demonstrates how online spaces can serve as a powerful outlet for those who may be suffering in silence.