How do I get help?
Try to seek help as soon as possible if you have symptoms of psychosis. Tell someone you trust such as a parent, teacher or friend if you are having some strange experiences that you cannot explain.
Safe and effective treatment for psychosis is easily available. The earlier you seek help, the better the results and the quicker your recovery. General practitioners (GPs) and clinicians at your local mental health service will be able to provide the help you need.
headspace Youth Early Psychosis Program
By the end of 2015, each state and territory will have designated headspace centres offering early psychosis services. The headspace Youth Early Psychosis Program is a significant early intervention opportunity to improve the lives of young people, and their families, who are affected by psychosis.
How is psychosis treated?
Treatments usually involve medication, education about the illness, counselling, family support and practical support (such as helping you get back to school or work). Avoiding drugs, reducing stress and learning ways to cope with stress can help prevent the symptoms from returning in the future.
How do I help someone else cope with psychosis?
Try to be calm and supportive as it can be frightening and confusing to experience psychosis. If you are worried about a friend or family member, seek help from your GP or local mental health service, and encourage the young person to get professional treatment as early as possible.
Practical help can assist a person to stay safe and feel secure. This might mean helping them to pay bills or rent, or getting them to medical appointments.
If someone is suggesting they will harm themselves, call your mental health service or hospital to arrange urgent specialist attention. Remember the person may be responding to things that are real to them but do not make sense to you. There are support groups for family and friends of people with psychosis.
This information was produced in conjunction with ORYGEN Youth Health.