Schizophrenia Awareness Week: 17 to 24 May 2020


The theme of Schizophrenia Awareness Week (SAW) in 2020 is "Stay Connected". The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us that it is so important now, more than ever, to #stayconnected and reach out for support when you need it. When you're living with schizophrenia, staying connected to friends and family, to your mental health support team and to your community links can really help. This year, we will be staying connected during SAW through a range of online events, forums, workshops and presentations. These events aim to raise awareness about schizophrenia, promote inclusion, give a voice to people with lived experience and provide a platform to connect whilst we are practicing physical distancing.

During #SAW2020, you can:

  • Reach out for support - call 1800 985 944 to speak to a service near you
  • Attend an online event
  • Connect on social media
  • 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.


Online Events

This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, MINetworks members and our partners will be hosting online events around Australia to give a voice to people with schizophrenia, raise awareness and promote inclusion. Details of upcoming online events will be posted here leading up to #SAW2020.

One Door Mental Health Virtual Symposium

Isolation isn’t temporary for everyone. This Schizophrenia Awareness Week, “stay connected” while you stay home.

One Door Mental Health’s annual symposium will go ahead virtually to ensure Schizophrenia Awareness Week is recognised during a time when it is needed most.

Australia, 17 to 24 May 2020: The annual Schizophrenia Awareness Week will for the first time in history be attended virtually, making it the most inclusive and accessible SAW to date. This year’s theme, “Stay Connected”, asks Australians to look for new ways to be more present and supportive of those living with mental illness.

During the week, One Door Mental Health, guest speakers and partners will host interactive webinars that connect professionals, carers and consumers. Together, they'll bust myths, discuss new ways of being connected and promote help-seeking for all those affected by schizophrenia.

This year, One Door Mental Health is joined by Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia, Mental Illness Fellowship of Western Australia, Bridges Health & Community Care and Mental Health Foundation ACT in organising a range of online presentations and webinars during #SAW2020.

Register online for the One Door Mental Health virtual symposium 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.

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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 2020, it will be held from 17 to 24 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.


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