Schizophrenia Awareness Week: 20 - 27 May 2018


Are you still in the dark?

Do What You Can Do for Schizophrenia Awareness Week 2018!

  • Reach out for support - call 1800 985 944 to speak to a service near you
  • Bust myths, take the Do What You Can Do Quiz and share it on social media!
  • Attend an event
  • Learn about schizophrenia and psychosis

Reach out for support

Do you need support?

Call a community mental health service near you to get support, information and referral: 1800 985 944.

You can find your nearest service on the MINetworks Find a Service.

Bust Some Myths, Take the Quiz

Take the Do What You Can Do Quiz now!

Attend an Event

Every year, MIFA, MINetworks members and our partners host events around Australia to give a voice to people with schizophrenia, raise awareness and promote inclusion.


One Door Mental Health

  • Saturday 19 May: 2018 Symposium 'Living Well: Do What You Can Do
    One Door brings together some of the leading researchers of mental illness in Australia, along with experts and thought-leaders in the industry to share the latest insights in mental health.
    When: 9am - 4pm
    Where: Aerial UTS Function Centre, Ultimo, Sydney

For more information and to book go the the One Door Event Page


Mental Health Foundation (ACT)

  • Wednesday 23 May: The MyHi5 Craft Group
    Join us for a Crafternoon
    When: 1pm - 3pm
    Where: Kambah, ACT

For more information, call MHF Chifley on (02) 6282 6604 or check out the newsletter.



  • Wednesday 23 May: Panel Style Forum: Schizophrenia Awareness Week
    Hear lived experience speakers share what 'they do', and what 'we can do' as a community to support recovery
    When: 1.30pm - 3pm
    Where: Skylight Wayville, 5 Cooke Tce, Wayville SA

Bookings essential. For more information and to book, go to or phone Skylight Reception on 08 8378 4100.


Mental Illness Fellowship of Queensland (MIFQ) (MINetworks partner)

  • Tuesday 22 May: MIHub Drop In
    MI Hub is open for drop in support, connecting with others and various activities
    When: 10am - 12pm
    Where: 298 Gilchrist Ave, Herston QLD
  • Tuesday 22 May: MISocial
    Come and relax at the hub while making new connections, or catch up with old friends whilst enjoying morning tea
    When: 10am - 12pm
    Where: 1/19 Fifth Avenue (cnr of Cypress), Palm Beach QLD
  • Wednesday 23 May: Cafe Wanderers
    Explore your local area, make new friends and enjoy coffee with Café Wanderers.
    When: 1pm - 2pm
    Where: Zarraffa's Coffee Ferry Road, Shop 13 175 Ferry Road, Southport, QLD
  • Wednesday 23 May: MIHub Drop In
    MI Hub is open for drop in support, connecting with others and various activities
    When: 1pm-4pm
    Where: 298 Gilchrist Ave, Herston QLD
  • Friday 25 May: MIHub Connect BBQ
    Social BBQ - An opportunity to connect with others, share a meal and learn about programs in your community.
    When: 11am - 1.30pm
    Where: 298 Gilchrist Ave, Herston QLD
  • Friday 25 May: Mirabela BBQ
    Social BBQ - Join us for a BBQ, meet new people and catch up with old friends.
    When: 10am - 12pm
    Where: 10 Mick Veivers Way, Southport QLD

For more information, call MIFQ on the MINetworks line 1800 985 944. To check out more events, go to MIFQ Events


Mental Illness Fellowship of Western Australia (MIFWA)

  • Monday 21 May: Official Launch of Schizophrenia Awareness Week & Photo Exhibition
    Guest Speaker Deanne Leber 'Small Steps- Big Star'; Spirit of the Streets Choir; followed by a fun filled afternoon of come and try events
    When: 1.30pm - 4pm
    Where: The Bendat Community Centre, 36 Dodd St, Wembley WA
  • Tuesday 22 May: Workshop safeTALK
    When: 9.30am-11.30am
    Where: MIFWA Midland, Level 3, 9 The Avenue, Midland WA
  • Wednesday 23 May & Thursday 24 May: Rising Strong
    Workshop for families and carers
    When: 2 days, 9am-4pm
    Where: MIFWA Midland
    Level 3, 9 The Avenue, Midland WA
  • Wednesday 23 May: Wheatbelt "Do What You Can Do" BBQ and Wellbeing Day
    When: 11.30am-2.30pm
    Where: Village Green, Fitzgerald St, Northam
  • Friday 25 May: MIFWA Lorikeet Centre Open Day
    Lorikeet Open Day, Tecwyn Jones Bequest Grant, Poetry Awards and Book Launch
    When: All day
    Where: Lorikeet Centre, 104 Cambridge Street, West Leederville WA
  • All Week
    Northbridge Piazza - Screen throughout the week

For more information and to book, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 08 9237 8900


Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia (NT) (MIFA(NT))

  • Monday 21 May: Official launch of SAW
    ‘Do what you can do’ Promotional expo in Raintree Park with Bunnings Sausage Sizzle and Therapy Dogs
    Where: Raintree Park, Darwin City
    When: 10:00am-1:00pm
  • Monday 21 May: Information stalls and entertainment in Alice Plaza
    Where: Alice Plaza
    When: 10:00am-1:00pm
  • Tuesday 22 May: Cool Program
    Lunch followed by Barefoot Bowls
    Where: Darwin bowls and social club
    When: From 11:00am
  • Tuesday 22 May: Carer respite evening
    Recovering stay at Adina Vibe at Darwin Waterfront and Dinner
    Where: Darwin Waterfront
    When: From 2:00pm
  • Wednesday 23 May: miPlace Open Day and Art Exhibition
    BBQ lunch, Art Exhibition, relaxing massage therapist
    Where: miPlace (Coconut Grove)
    When: 9:30am-1:00pm
  • Wednesday 23 May: Carer Respite High Tea
    Where: Rydges Palmerston
    When: 12:00pm
  • Wednesday 23 May: Alice Springs Carer Respite Earth Sanctuary evening
    3 course meal and spirit of the outback show
    Where: Earth Sanctuary, Alice Springs
    When: 6:30
  • Friday 25 May: Alice Springs Carer Respite @ Outback Ballooning
    Hot air ballooning to watch the sunrise in the outback
    Where: Alice Springs
    When: Before dawn

For more information and to book, please call 1800 985 944.

TeamHEALTH (NT) (Schizophrenia Awareness Week Partner)

  • Open now - Art Competition - entries close Friday 18 May
    TeamHEALTH would like to invite you to participate in a friendly and fun art competition in the lead up to Schizophrenia Awareness Week.
    Download the entry form here.
  • Friday 25 May: SAW Art Competition Winners Announced
    Winners of the 2018 SAW Art Competition will be announced at their SAW Week Morning Tea.
    Where: Foreshore Café, 259 Casuarina Drive, Nightcliff, NT
    When: 9:00am-11:00am
    See the event flyer for more information. 

If you would like to join us in hosting an Awareness Raising event during Schizophrenia Awareness Week, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will add it here!

Learn about Schizophrenia and Psychosis

Want to learn more about Schizophrenia and Psychosis? Check out these factsheets:

MINetworks Factsheets

Factsheet: Schizophrenia

Factsheet: Antipsychotic Medication

Factsheet: Suicidal behaviour and self-harm

Factsheet: Families & friends of people affected by mental illnesss

Facsheet: Something is not quite right about the way someone close to you is behaving

Factsheet: Smoking and mental illness

More MINetworks Factsheets are available here.

Psychosis Australia Trust Insights

Psychosis Australia Trust brings together researchers around Australia to drive research in psychosis.

In conjunction with MIFA and psychosis researchers, Psychosis Australia Trust developed research Insights into psychosis:

Insight 1: Mental health of people with psychosis

Psychotic illness has a severe and often lifelong impact of those affected, their families and friends.

Insight 2: Physical health and people with psychosis

People living with psychotic illness die earlier than other Australians.

Insight 3: Services and supports for people with psychosis

Recovery and social inclusion are inhibited by social isolation and loneliness, lack of effective employment support and financial concerns.

Insight 4: Employment and people with psychosis

Many people with psychosis want to work, but are unable to find and retain suitable employment.

Insight 5: Social Isolation and people with psychosis

The isolation of many people with psychosis is a painful added burden to the symptoms, disability, poor physical health and social disadvantage already experienced.

News and Media

21 May 2018 - Our national CEO, Tony Stevenson will be coming to a radio or television set near you to talk about schizophrenia, alongside Justin Heazlewood, also known as the Bedroom Philosopher. Justin is promoting his new book, "Get Up Mum", a story about the relationship between a mother and a son - but mental illness keeps getting in the middle.

Media Release

16 May 2018 - The Do What You Can Do social media campaign has launched! We are encouraging people to watch the video, take the quiz and share it with their friends on Facebook and other social media! Check out and share the Facebook post here:

10 May 2018 - The Australian Senate agreed to the following motion, moved by Senators Moore and O'Neill, to have Schizophrenia Awareness Week recognised in the Senate. Senator McGrath spoke on behalf of the Australian Government, noting the devastating impact of schizophrenia on those affected, and committing to funding under the recent Federal Budget to improve prevention and services for mental health. He also noted the work of the Australian Government in advancing the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan.

Motion: That the Senate —

(a) notes that:

(i) 20 May to 27 May 2018 is Schizophrenia Awareness Week,

(ii) people affected by serious mental illness, in particular psychotic illness, are among the most highly stigmatised and socially marginalised people in Australia, with nearly a quarter of people feeling isolated and over 13 per cent report having no friends at all,

(iii) people with schizophrenia are 12 times more likely to die from suicide than the general population,

(iv) factors that play a very important role in influencing recovery from schizophrenia include family relationships, treatment adherence, supportive therapeutic relationships, and access to community support, and

(v) we all have a role to play to ‘Do What We Can Do’ to build inclusive communities; and

(b) calls upon all governments in Australia to secure funding for recovery-oriented mental health services, in both hospital and community settings, as agreed to in the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan.

Check out the motion and the Government's statement here.

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About SAW

Schizophrenia Awareness Week (SAW) was created in 1986 by the then Schizophrenia Council of Australia, now MIFA, and is held in May every year to coincide with the week of World Schizophrenia Awareness Day (24 May). In 2018, it will be held from the 20 to 27 May 2018.

People with schizophrenia are among the most highly stigmatised and socially marginalised people in our community. Through this Week, we and our partners aim to reduce stigma towards people affected by schizophrenia, encourage inclusive behaviour, bust myths about schizophrenia, and promote help-seeking by people affected by schizophrenia and their carers.

Every year, MIFA, its members and many partners around Australia promote national awareness raising through videos, social media, quizzes, posters, post-cards, and events around Australia.


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