Sometimes changes in a person’s mood or behaviour can be a sign that they need help for a mental health difficulty (see What is Psychosis for things to look out for).
Family or friends can help by encouraging the person to seek support and treatment.
A good place to start is often the GP. Sometimes people with psychosis do not think that they are unwell and you might need to go to the GP yourself to explain your concerns.
Alternatively you can contact your local early intervention team. It’s a good idea to get help as soon as possible because early intervention can improve recovery.
Unusual thoughts and behaviour can be difficult aspects of psychosis for family and friends to understand and cope with. You might feel shocked, confused or frightened.
The person themselves is likely to feel confused and distressed by what they are experiencing. The most helpful thing is to try and remain calm and supportive. A safe and comforting environment can also be reassuring for the person.
It is also really important to take care of yourself as caring for someone else can be stressful and tiring. Talking with other people might help you to manage how you are feeling; this might be a friend or family member, or healthcare worker.
It is important to remain positive that the person will recover, even if this takes time. Love and support from family and friends can vastly improve outlook.
What you can do to help
- Try to be calm
- Try to listen
- Try to stay positive
- Take care of yourself
- Seek support.