In the late 1980s The Cebula, Kovich, Stitfold and Ursich families started meeting at each other’s homes with a shared purpose and vision: to improve the lives of their children diagnosed with schizophrenia by developing better support services and promoting more understanding about mental illness in the community. Their early vision was formalised in 1990 with the Incorporation of the Schizophrenia Fellowship of WA.
A carer support group was developed to catch up with old friends or make new ones and to share experiences, ideas and talk over issues with the group or on a one-to-one basis. The informal group was attended by consumers, carers, family members, friends and health professionals and was hosted by Irene Stitfold one of the founding members of the Fellowship.
By 1994 The Fellowship’s first service, the Lorikeet Clubhouse is developed in Shenton Park.
By 1996 Funding provided to facilitate Carer Support Services and the Fellowship appointed Executive Officer appointed.
In 2002 The Fellowship changed its name to the Mental Illness Fellowship of WA (MIFWA