This section tells you more about getting help for psychosis.
If you NEED HELP NOW there are lots of emergency phone numbers, self-help websites and local service contacts on the help pages.
Don’t worry if you don’t know which one to contact. Just try one of them, and they should be able to point you in the right direction.
Support for Psychosis
Different people respond to psychosis differently. Some people recover quickly and stay well. Others struggle more and have a harder time and more long term problems. If you think you, or someone you know, is experiencing psychosis then it’s what you do next that counts!
Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) services are specialist services for people who seem like they might have problems with psychosis. EIP teams inlcude mental health and social care professionals with experience of helping young people with these types of problems.
EIP services try to meet and support young people with psychosis as quickly as possible so that they have the best and fastest recovery that they can. Your decisions are important here and they matter. Getting the right amount of support and advice at the right time can make a big difference to your life in the long term.
How to get help from EIP
You’re most likely to have unusual and distressing experiences in your late teens or early 20’s. EIP services work closely with school, college and university counsellors, GP surgeries, drug and alcohol services and other local young people’s health and mental health services. The most obvious place to get help is to go to your GP, but going you can get help from any of these services.
If you or the person you talk to think you may be having some unusual distressing experience like psychosis, either you or they can contact a local EIP services. There are EIP services all over the country, aiming to meet you as quickly as possible, often within a few days, to try to help. You can phone a service up yourself and talk to someone if you want to!
Other places to get help
"I think if you, if you were to see the information online of what the service offered. Umm, that it was all confidential, here to help not to judge, just to make people feel a bit more reassured. Umm, and just make it just as easy as possible to get in touch- that would help." -Steve aged 21
Here are some more ideas. Some of the anonymous helplines might be a good start. You could try Samaritans. There are also some good websites and a lot of them have helplines too, where you can speak to someone, (e.g. Talk to Frank and Mindfull). Some of them, like Mindfull also have self-help stuff on there, so you can start to do something yourself or with a friend. It doesn’t really matter where you start. As soon as you start talking, someone can help.