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The Hoarding Ice-Breaker Form isn’t just an empowering tool that assists people to start a conversation that can lead to them getting practical help, support and treatment.

We’re also passionate about raising awareness of the need to reduce the stigma and misunderstandings associated with clutter, disorganisation and hoarding behaviours, by:

  • Introducing compulsory trauma-informed training for medical and other professionals (eg. GPs; Psychiatrists/Psychologists; Social Workers; Support Workers; Citizen’s Advice; charities; Environmental Health Officers; Solicitors, etc) about:
    • chronic disorganisation and hoarding behaviours
    • hidden disabilities associated with impaired Executive Functioning that can lead to clutter, disorganisation and hoarding behaviours, and the types of challenges people affected by them face on a daily basis.
      • Conditions include ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia and Dyspraxia (Developmental Co-ordination Disorder), Bipolar Disorder, migraines, PTSD, Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), viral infections (eg. COVID-19), etc.
      • Executive Dysfunction difficulties such as:
        • communicating – for example, they may: struggle to initiate conversations or express themselves – especially on the spur of the moment; have a different perception of a situation; avoid situations (even replying to emails, etc) that they feel could potentially involve or lead to conflict
        • remembering appointments (and getting to them on time if they have remembered), people or where things have been put;
        • planning ahead (eg. meal planning, budgeting, etc);
        • managing money (which can lead to debts);
        • prioritising what tasks to do and when – especially when multi-tasking is required;
        • regulating emotions (which can lead to family conflict, issues with relationships or employment, etc),
  • Fast-tracking medical assessments for people affected by clutter, disorganisation or hoarding behaviours – especially if they have a mental illness or family history of chronic disorganisation and/or hoarding behaviours.
  • Fast-tracking RADICAL improvements to services and treatments for anyone with impaired Executive Functioning – especially those with hidden disabilities who have co-occurring/co-morbid conditions, such as sensory issues, visual or hearing impairments, mobility issues, etc.
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