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This year we recognised 30 years of the Schizophrenia Awareness Week.
Thirty years of telling personal stories.
Thirty years of breaking down stigma.
Thirty years of aiding understanding.
Recognising such a fantastic milestone doesn’t happen without contributions from every part of the mental health arena in NSW. We were grateful to have so many people bring so much to such an important event.
Thank you to the 160 people that fit into the Stranger’s Dining Room at NSW Parliament House in Sydney for the annual Parliamentary Luncheon. Our keynote speaker David Astle shared with us his thoughts on the importance of language when we talk about mental illnesses and the people who live with them. Mick Reid also joined us and shared his experiences as a carer.
Thank you to the 110 people who attended our Annual Symposium. We heard from Sue Murray, CEO of Suicide Prevention Australia and Professor Neils Buus, world-renowned Open Dialogue expert.
Thank you to everyone who liked, shared and commented on our social media posts during our ‘30 days for 30 years against stigma’ campaign. If you missed some of the moving images and videos from all over the world, take a look at our Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Instagram pages.
Thank you to the One Door Mental Health teams all over the state who ran morning teas, movie nights, education sessions and all kinds of other events to help people in their local community who are living with schizophrenia.
Just because Schizophrenia Awareness Week has come to an end doesn’t mean the fight against stigma has come to an end. Every story told, every social media post shared, each person who learns to empathise is a step towards a world without mental illness stigma.