Schizophrenia Awareness Week: 19 - 26 May 2019


Do what you can do for Schizophrenia Awareness Week 2019!

  • 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!

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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 18 May 2019: Symposium
    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
  • Friday 24 May 2019: Comedy for a Cause
    When: 7pm (doors open from 6pm) at 302 Crown Street, Surry Hills. Tickets are $35. To purchase tickets book online.


Mental Illness Fellowship of Western Australia (MIFWA)

  • Tuesday 21 May 2019: Carers Event

    De-Stressing for Carers Workshop – 10:00am to 1:00pm - The Salvation Army Rockingham Corps, 1-5 Willmott Drive (Cnr Read St), Cooloongup

  • Tuesday 21 May 2019: BBQ in the Park
    11:00am to 2:00pm – The Pavillion, Whiteman Park
  • Thursday 23 May 2019: safeTALK Workshop
    When: 10:30am to 2:00pm
    Where: Village Green, Fitzgerald St, Northam
  • Friday 24 May 2019: Growing Well Workshop
    When: 10:00am to 1:00pm
    Where: MIFWA Office, 9 The Avenue, Midland

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 20 May 2019: Raintree Park Event - Mental Health Information Stalls and much more - 9:30am to 1:00pm
  • Tuesday 21 May 2019: All Day Cool Program
    Territory Wildlife Park - 10:30am to 4:00pm at MiPlace
  • Wednesday 22 May 2019: MiPlace Open Day and Art Exhibition
    9:30am to 1:00pm
  • Wednesday 22 May 2019: Carers Event
    Darwin Sunset Cruise, 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Stokes Hill Wharf, Dock 2
  • Thursday 23 May 2019: Carers Event
    Support Luncheon - 11:00am to 1:00pm at MIFA(NT) Office
  • Friday 24 May: BBQ at MiPlace Centre
    9:30am to 1:00pm

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


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

Schizophrenia Awareness Week 2019 Media Release

For media enquiries, please call Media Key on 03 9769 6488 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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 2019, it will be held from the 19 to 26 May 2019.

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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