Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) 2017

MIAW  2017 consisted of a personal experience, followed by a research talk on the same mental illness. Each speaker allowed time for a Q&A and a casual drinks reception was held after the talks for a chance to chat with speakers or others who attended the talks.

Feedback from the week:

 Inspirational, insightful & important! Thank You! 🙂

I am super appreciative of this access to information that will directly benefit my patients. Especially good having people speaking from personal experience, thanks!

Thank you for organising. Informative and so worthwhile!

This is an excellent event. I’ve got insights of the impact of mental illnesses on people’s lives and it’s cool to learn about updated research findings.

Very effective, well delivered talks including good presentations and very good first hand accounts

Here’s what the week looked like:

Monday – 20/02/17 – Mood Disorders (General)
5:15- 5:45pm: ‘My experience with mood disorders’ by Jake Furby
6:00 – 6:30pm: Bipolar disorder by Prof. Lisa Jones

Tuesday – 21/02/17 – Mood Disorders (Depression) 
5:15- 5:45pm: ‘My experience with depression’ by Tom Underwood
6:00 – 6:30pm: Depression by Dr. Dean McMillan

Wednesday – 22/02/17 – Personality Disorders 
5:15- 5:45pm: ‘My experience with dialectical behavioural therapy for BPD’ by Jelena O’Reilly
6:00 – 6:30pm: Borderline Personality Disorder by Kate Saunders

Thursday – 23/02/17 – Psychotic Disorders 
5:15- 5:45pm: ‘My experience with psychosis and schizophrenia’ by Sarah Lazenby
6:00 – 6:30pm: Schizophrenia by Prof. Shon Lewis

Friday – 24/02/17 – Eating Disorders
5:15- 5:45pm: ‘My experience with eating disorders’ by Katie Linden
6:00 – 6:30pm: Eating disorders by Dr. Andrea Brown

Feel free to browse live recordings of the talks from MIAW 2017 below!

See the full schedule for MIAW 2017 below:

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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

If you have suggestions or requests for mental illnesses, or any other general issues you think should be discussed in the next Mental Illness Awareness Week, please contact us at

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.