Schizophrenia Awareness Week 2020

This year Schizophrenia Awareness Week takes place from 17 until 24 May.

The theme for Schizophrenia Awareness Week (SAW) 2020 is Stay Connected – as it’s more important than ever!

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. The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us that, even when physical distancing, it’s important to stay connected and to reach out for support when you need it.

This year, SAW looks a little different for MIFWA.

Instead of our usual events, of which we’ve had to rethink due to COVID-19, we’ll 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:

Schizophrenia Awareness Week 2020 Events

Reaching Out: the art of fostering resilience and connection through phone support’

Monday 18 May 2020, 10:30am (This training goes for 90 minutes approximately, with breaks).

This program was developed to assist our Community Mental Health Workforce to adapt from outreach support to supporting people by phone during the COVID 19 pandemic, but it is useful for supporting friends, family members and people in our community that are isolated at this time.

Where: ZOOM online workshop

Cost: Free

To register: Please contact Joyce by email or call 0400 824 170.

Understanding Mental Illness

Wednesday 20 May 2020, 10am to 2pm approximately

We will cover the following in this workshop:

– Prevalence of Mental Illness
– Mental Health continuum discussions
– Self-Care handouts and discussions – keeping ourselves safe – triggers in workshop
– What makes a person less likely to help – activity – actively listening
– Signs & Symptoms – activity
– Some common Mental Illnesses – signs of crisis – activity – fact sheets – safety
– Before we leave – debrief – questions

All participants will receive fact sheets and a self-care plan – we will work through these in the workshop.

Where: ZOOM online workshop

Cost: Free

To register: Please contact Joyce via email at or call 0400824170.

CHIME: A Recovery Model Explained

Thursday 21 May 2020, 10:30am

This peer led webinar is suitable for anyone interested in exploring Mental Health Recovery. Learn about the CHIME model, explore what processes are involved in recovery and join a discussion about how to apply these to your own life.

Where: ZOOM online workshop

Cost: Free

To register: Please contact Hayley by email or call 0466 436 152.

One Door Health Online Symposium 

17 – 24 May 2020

Australia, 17th – 24th 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.

You can register for individual sessions, all of which are free, here.

Guests speakers:

  • Kathi Boorman, CEO at One Door Mental Health
  • The Honourable Bronwyn Taylor MLC, NSW Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women
  • Dr. Stephen P King, Commissioner at the Productivity Commission
  • Dr. Anne Honey, Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy at the School of Health Sciences, University of Sydney
  • Bernie Mullin, Carer and Director at One Door Mental Health
  • Dr. Richard Schweizer, Consumer Advocate and Policy Officer at One Door Mental Healh
  • Catherine Lourey, Deputy Commissioner at NSW Mental Health Commission
  • Esther Pavel-Wood, CEO at Mostly Mad Music

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