It’s not 'am I abnormal' but 'am I bothered'!
There’s nothing weird about having mental health problems. It’s normal and it affects people of all ages and backgrounds. If you think you, or someone you know, might be bothered by their thoughts, feelings or other issues then it might be a good idea to get some advice and find ways to deal with what might be going on.
This site is here to give you information about mental health and psychosis, (what it is, who it affects, and what you can do that will help) so that if this is something affecting your life you can do something about it.
‘I was very obsessed with the idea I might be psychic cos I'd had lots of experiences I couldn’t explain. I still get days when I think I am and I still have doubts that it’s just an illness’- Jenny aged 24
You might think the words ‘mental health’ and ‘psychosis’ are a bit unsettling and maybe it's putting you off reading any more?
Unfortunately, this may well be because of stigma. We can blame some of that on newspapers and TV! But we can feed into it too, by keeping it secret and not talking about it. Remember mental health problems are a normal part of life! It's OK to talk about it. Lots of young people are quite confused about what mental health problems are and what can help with them, and want more information.
'It's one of those things that people can just put off and put off, cos it's something that no-one can see and people might think you're acting a bit odd but they just put it down to nothing. So it can go on and on with nothing being done about it.' - Amelia aged 22
This website and booklets are designed for you, to give you the information you need to understand mental health problems and to get support when you need it. Even if this is never something that happens to you, it might be something that affects a friend or someone you know. Understanding more can make things less confusing or scary.