Focus on psychosis

DIYMH

Focus on psychosis Summer 2016

The stigma associated with psychosis means that the many people who are affected by psychosis can find it difficult to talk about. This summer we want to help change that.

We want more people to learn about psychosis and to be aware of the possible early signs. The earlier someone gets help, the less severe the long-term impact on their life is likely to be. The more informed we are, the better we can all look out for one another, spot the signs and get help sooner.

There are lots of things that we can all do to look after our mental health and many of our suggestions can also be helpful in recovery from psychosis, staying healthy and reducing risk of further episodes.

Find out what happened at the brilliant, stigma-busting Reality Check Festival in July 2016, organised by AWP's early intervention teams to share some positivity about mental health in a festival atmosphere.

Need more inspiration for ways to look after your own mental wellbeing? Getting outdoors and getting active is a great place to start, so why not try geocaching. It's basically a huge treasure hunt with geocachers hunting for hidden containers using specific GPS co-ordinates and occasional extra clues.

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Our DIYMH caches are dotted around the Trust area encouraging people to look after their mental health by getting active.

People's experiences of psychosis can be very different from one another. For a small number of people the experience is benign but for most people, psychosis is unpleasant and frightening.

Case studies

Patrick's story
Pat, who uses our Swindon early intervention service, shares his story.

Bradley's story
Bradley, peer support worker with Bristol early intervention service, tells his story.

Psychosis tips for employers
Paul Broadhead, vocation lead with our South Gloucestershire recovery team, shares tips about how employers can help destigmatise psychosis and support employees with psychosis to recover and continue to work.

Films

A Decent Donation
Mark, who uses our Swindon early intervention service, describes his experience of psychosis.

Digging for Recovery
Gardening and growing can be very beneficial in recovery from psychosis and other mental health issues. Katy, who uses our recovery service in South Gloucestershire, explains how working in horticulture has helped her.

Psychosis: how employers can help
We meet two psychosis-friendly employers and hear from two members of our South Gloucestershire Recovery Team about the important role employers can play in supporting employees with psychosis and keeping them in work.

Podcasts

Two service users and one carer from the Bristol early intervention in psychosis team (run by AWP with Off The Record for Bristol Mental Health) got together to discuss experiences of psychosis for our series of four podcasts.

Early signs of psychosis part 1

Early signs of psychosis part 2

Stigma and psychosis

Supporting someone with psychosis

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