so what is psychosis? we hear you ask

We've heard you asking the question, so here is a little bit of info to help you understand psychosis. 

Psychosis is an experience where a person has problems interpreting the real world. They might see or hear things that other people can’t, or have unusual ideas or beliefs. This can affect their thoughts, feelings and behaviour.

Psychosis is often frightening for the person going through it and misunderstood by those around them. But it can be treated. Most people who experience psychosis make a good recovery and go on to lead healthy, productive lives.

Psychotic experiences are more common than many people think. People often choose not to talk about them because of stigma and misunderstanding.

Psychosis is a serious issue that calls for professional clinical help – it can have a big impact on a person’s life, and should never be ignored. It's important to get help early to increase chances for a quicker more complete recovery. Experiencing psychotic symptoms doesn’t necessarily mean that someone has a psychotic illness. More than three quarters of psychotic experiences don’t progress to a diagnosable illness.

Find out more and watch this excellent video to understand young people's experiences. 

headspace Southport has a program dedicated to support young people experiencing; or at risk of excperiencing Early Psychosis. headspace Early Psychosis provides specialist mental health treatment services for young people living with complex care issues. 

headspace Early Psychosis at Southport and Meadowbrook have a specially trained multi-disciplinary workforce to support young people with Early Psychosis and their families/Carers. The team includes Psychiatrists, Psychologists, GP’s, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Mental Health Nurses, Vocational Guidance Counsellors,  and Group work Clinicians as well as Peer Workers and a Youth Participation Coordinator.

Clinicians working in this unique early intervention and prevention service offer ‘assertive outreach’ to young people who are at high risk of developing Early Psychosis or have had a first episode of Early Psychosis. Young people and their families can be seen in their home, at school, work, TAFE or Uni and/or at a local park, café or even the beach.

headspace Early Psychosis accepts referrals from any source, (including self-referral, family, friends, teachers, counsellors, Doctors, Psychologists and/or Psychiatrists). Please use this referral form. Young people can come direct (or be referred) to headspace Early Psychosis.

For more information please call the centre on (07) 5509 5900 or email the headspace Early Psychosis team at headspacesouthport@headspacesouthport.org.au