World Mental Health Day, October 10

World Mental Health Day, October 10

It’s time to stamp out stigma!

World Mental Health day is coming up on October 10. Download this image and post it to your Facebook wall, tweet it, pin it to your Pinterest board or add it to your Google+ page to remind others that the stigma associated with mental illness does not deserve a place in our society! Let’s use social media to spread the word.

Visit www.1010.org.au to find out what events are happening near you

To download, hover over the image, right-click and press Save Image As. It can also be downloaded here.

Register now for the Sydney City Scramble!

Register now for the Sydney City Scramble!

Looking for something fun to do on election day, Saturday, September 7? Sign up for the first ever Sydney City Scramble, a scavenger hunt that will have you and your team searching the streets of Sydney for answers to cryptic clues.

There are a ton of prizes on offer, so the chances of walking away a winner are high! Registration is $250* per team of 5 and goes to our schizophrenia researchers. Extra fundraising is now optional as we’re only a few weeks away.

Register your team here: http://sydneycityscramble.com.au/

*Includes a beer or wine at the end of the day as well as a goody bag!

Lessons for a mental health worker: Richard shares what it’s like to have schizophrenia

Lessons for a mental health worker: Richard shares what it’s like to have schizophrenia

Our patient ambasador, Richard, was invited to write a piece for the Australian Clinical Psychology Association on how he first dealt with his schizophrenia diagnosis. He also provides  a very open, honest and moving account of what it is like to have schizophrenia and his advice for clinicians who treat people with the illness.

Read about it by clicking here.

 

Richard’s greatest wish is for there to be a cure for schizophrenia.

A regular gift of just $5 per month would make this a reality. Support schizophrenia research by donating here or clicking the big yellow button at the top right of the page.Or feel free to find others ways to support our scientists.

Richard’s greatest wish is for a cure

Richard’s greatest wish is for a cure

Catching sight of a reflection in his office window, Richard had a sudden and terrifying conviction: “It’s a man with a gun!”

At the time Richard was 22 and a promising law student with a stellar legal career in his sights. This unnerving episode happened on his first day of a coveted internship at the Attorney General’s office in Sydney. It was one of several unusual experiences that caused him to see his GP.

“I had a pervading sense of fear and paranoia and it was fear that I was losing my mind,” he remembers. His doctor wrote out a prescription for risperidone then warned Richard not to look up what it was for.

“Of course, we did,” he says. “It was for schizophrenia. I cried and cried.”

Richard is just one of around 40,000 adult Australians facing the daily obstacles and distress of psychosis. Please help today by donating to the Schizophrenia Research Institute, and supporting our quest for answers and a cure for this disabling and still mysterious illness.

Richard is one of the lucky ones. Now 32, he has a full life despite multiple impacts from his schizophrenia that include social anxiety and sleeping 14 hours a day as a side-effect of his medication.

He plays in a band, hosts a radio show, is completing a PhD and teaches a university class. He is also one of our ambassadors raising awareness for the Schizophrenia Research Institute. “This allows me to take the worst thing in my life and make it one of the best things,” he says.

Richard’s father Norbert is very proud of his eldest son. Even so he grieves the loss of the future Richard could have had without schizophrenia, saying: “It’s the most devastating thing that has ever happened to our family. It is the first thing you think of in the morning and the last thing you think of at night.”

Your gift to the Schizophrenia Research Institute would help so much.

Schizophrenia ranks among the top 10 disabilities in the developed world. It’s not fair that Richard, his family and thousands of others should live with fear and limits if there is a chance of more effective treatments or a cure.

You can donate quickly and easily online by clicking the yellow DONATE button at the top right of this page, or in the left hand bar. A regular gift of just $5 a month can make Richard’s wish a reality.

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Marcia Hines supports schizophrenia research

Marcia Hines supports schizophrenia research

Marcia Hines is such a doll! Behind that gorgeous face and powerhouse voice lies a woman who is passionate about mental health. She spoke to the Wentworth Courier about why she is involved with Stop for Schizophrenia and why it is a topic she believes in. Thanks Marcia!

 

Click on the image below for more details.

 

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To join Marcia and riase money for schizophrenia reearch, head on over to www.stopfor.com.au and join up.

Dee Madigan talks STOP for Schizophrenia on 2HC

Dee Madigan talks STOP for Schizophrenia on 2HC

Stop for Schizophrenia celebrity ambassador Dee Madigan recently appeared on Simon Hodges’ afternoon program on radio 2HC this week where she talked about the online fundraiser and what she’s giving up to support schizophrenia research.

Click here to listen

The Bondi Rescue boys, Dee Madigan and Fitzy & Wippa give it up for mental health

STOP for Schizophrenia is an annual online fundraising event that starts this May 13 and lasts for a week. See what ambassadors Kerrbox, Maxi and Corey from Bondi Rescue, Dee Madigan and Nova 969’s Fitzy & Wippa have all promised to give up for the week.

Visit www.stopfor.com.au to join them in the search for a cure for schizophrenia.

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Dee Madigan

Nova 969’s Fitzy & Wippa