This year World Schizophrenia Awareness Week was observed in Australia on May 21st – 27th which aims to raise public awareness about schizophrenia and to reduce the stigma associated with the condition. The theme for 2023 is Rebuilding a better mental health system together. The campaign looked to amplify the voice of lived experience to support ongoing mental health reform.
People with schizophrenia are among the most highly stigmatised and socially marginalised people in our community.
Through Schizophrenia Awareness Week (SAW), the Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia, Psychosis Australia and other organisations and communities 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. The theme for 2023 is: Rebuilding a better mental health system together. The campaign looks to amplify the voice of lived experience to support ongoing mental health reform.
The day also serves as an opportunity to support those living with the condition and to advocate for early detection and intervention, which research has shown is linked to better long-term outcomes.
Here at Stay ChatTY it is important that we continue to break down the stigma around mental health issues – to find more information on where to get further support visit our seek help page here.
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