Although it may feel scary to talk about your symptoms, the earlier psychosis is diagnosed and treated, the more likely you are to get better. The majority of people recover in less than six months with ongoing treatment and support.
How to get help
Ask your GP to refer you
Make an appointment with your GP and discuss your symptoms with them. They can then refer you to us.
Ask someone you trust to refer you
We accept referrals from family members, carers, teachers, social workers or anyone involved in your care. You must be aware that they're referring you and this must be your first episode of psychosis.
Contact the team nearest to you and we can meet you to talk about your symptoms. Getting treatment early increases your chance of a full recovery so we recommend contacting us as soon as you can.
Once we've received your referral, the first thing we do is to assess your symptoms and needs. We then create a plan of care with you and your family and provide ongoing treatment and care to support your recovery for up to three years.
We can also help you to take up employment, education and volunteering opportunities in your local community.
Our early intervention in prevention teams are multi-disciplinary and consist of:
- Consultant psychiatrists
- Specialty doctors
- Community psychiatric nurses
- Occupational therapists
- Social workers
- Support time recovery workers
Working closely with your family / carers is an important part of our work. We want the people around you to have the best information about your condition, so that they can support you and each other effectively.Watch our video which explains how we help
Supporting your carers
Receiving a diagnosis of psychosis can be as stressful for your family and carers as it is for you so we have Carers Practice Advisors available to support them.
They aim to improve carers' quality of life, help them in their caring role and ensure that the their voice is heard.
They do this by:
- Giving advice and offer support
- Providing opportunities for carers to share their experiences
- Providing information on mental ill-health and the treatments available
- Acting as advocates for carers.