Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW)

Click here to download the 2016 MIAW booklet.

What is MIAW?

MIAW occurs annually in February at the University of York. Experts are invited to give educational talks regarding mental illness. Be it personal experiences or current research,  a wide variety of mental illnesses are discussed; in 2016 the mental illnesses spoken about were:

  • Eating disorders
  • Mood disorders
  • Drug addiction
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Obsessive compulsive disorders
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Post traumatic stress disorders

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What is the aim of MIAW?

MIAW is a chance for staff, students and the public to take part in an informal discussion of mental illnesses. Encouraging others to get involved and learn more about mental illness through educational talks can increase awareness and help to reduce stigma.


We welcome any feedback you wish to give us. Optional feedback sheets are provided at the end of all MIAW events which can be filled out at the end of a talk.

Here is a brief summary of feedback from MIAW 2016:

  • When asked to rate the quality of the talks attended on a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being Very Poor Quality, 5 being Very High Quality) feedback showed an average of 4.3
  • When asked to rate how satisfied you were with the talks as a use of your time (1 being a waste of time, 5 being a good use of time ) feedback showed an average of 4.1
  • When asked how likely you are to attend similar events  (1 definitely not, 5 definitely ) feedback showed an average of 4.3

Here’s what some people said:

“Would have attended all if I’d had the time! Extremely interesting.”

“Fantastic week. Was so impressed.”

“Thank you for a fantastic week. You truly are ambassadors for change.”

MIAW 2016

MIAW 2016 consisted of general information sessions on a specific mental illness in the afternoon followed by a research talk in the evening. Ample time was provided for Q&A. Each evening concluded with a free reception – a good opportunity to network and chat to others who attended the talk!

Here’s what the week looked like:

Monday – 15/02/16 – Eating Disorders
2-3pm: General Information Session (Anorexia)
5-6pm: Research talk on Anorexia by Dr Preston

Tuesday – 16/02/16 – Mood Disorders
11am-12pm: General Information Session (Depression)
5-6pm: Research talk on Depression by Dr McMillan

Wednesday – 17/02/16 – Drug Addiction & OCD
1-2pm: General Information Session (OCD)
5-6pm: Research talk on Drug Addiction & Stigma by Dr Lloyd

Thursday – 18/02/16 – Anxiety Disorders & PTSD
12-1pm: General Information Session (Anxiety Disorders)
5-6pm: Research talk on Anxiety by Dr Manea

Friday – 19/02/16 – Personality & Psychotic Disorders
1-2pm: General Information Session (Personality Disorders)
5-6pm: Research talk on Schizophrenia by Dr Mahmood

MIAW 2016 Resources:

Full Schedule

MIAW 2016 Schedule


On the Mind Your Head YouTube channel you can find recordings of the following talks: