Schizophrenia Awareness Week: 22 to 28 May 2022

 

In 2022, Schizophrenia Awareness Week (SAW) will be held from Sunday 22 to Saturday 28 May. The theme will be announced soon!

In 2021, the theme was "Discover Better Mental Health". We highlighted the voice of lived experience to encourage people to connect, reach out and get support. 

During SAW you can:

  • Reach out for support - call 1800 985 944 to speak to a service near you
  • Attend an online event or an event hosted by a MIFA Member organisation
  • Connect on social media
  • Learn about schizophrenia and psychosis by reading the MiNetworks information sheets.

Each year, MIFA raises awareness of schizophrenia through our national SAW media campaigns. Read the SAW 2021 Media Release here.

 

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.

 

Events and Online Events in 2022

Information about the events for SAW 2022 will be posted here once available. 

 

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.


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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 2021, it will be held from 23 to 29 May.

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.

 

Campaign from 2011