Carers, Family and Friends
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Seeing someone close to you, maybe a son or daughter, partner or friend developing a mental illness can be an extremely worrying time. They may seek reassurance, support and help from you or they may isolate themselves from you or push you away when you try to help. Everyone reacts differently when they experience psychotic symptoms. Ultimately what you want for them is to get better.

During the early stages of psychosis developing, families often sense that something is not quite right, even though they don’t know exactly what the problem is. Sometimes a person developing a first episode of psychosis may be too frightened to seek help themselves, or not even realise they are unwell if they are too caught up in their experiences; it is then often up to families and other concerned individuals to help them access support.

If you are worried that someone you care about could be developing psychosis, even if you are not sure, then you can contact us at the Early Intervention Team directly to discuss your concerns. We are here to listen, advise and help. We encourage families and carers to get in touch with us directly; you do not have to go through your GP.

I enjoyed the Carer’s Group. It helped me to meet others with similar problems. I also learnt a great deal about psychosis and how best to deal with it. The meeting concentrating on medication was extremely helpful.- Parent

Getting help early is really important to a person’s recovery, so if you have any questions or concerns, please contact your local Early Intervention Team.

To better understand psychosis and how we at Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) Early Intervention Service can help, please take a look around our website. Some pages you might find particularly useful include:

What is Psychosis? for access to more information about the illness, including symptoms and early warning signs.

What is Early Intervention? and its sub-pages. To understand the importance of getting help early and how we at the Early Intervention Team can help.

Family Work an intervention we offer that is particularly ‘family focused’.

What’s New and Calendar pages for regular tips, advice and suggested activities that may be helpful to recovery.

About Us for more details of who we are and how you can get in touch.

There are other organisation that also offer support to carers of people with mental health conditions.

Making Space is an organisation that offers care, support and enablement services for people with a range of physical or mental health conditions.  A key part of the services they provide is targeted at support and advice to carers;

Making Spaces Link

Rethink Mental Illnessis a national mental health charity that offers support services to people experiencing mental health difficulties. This page of their website provides information for carers about understanding and coping with unusual thoughts and behaviours that can be associated with mental illness:

Link to Rethink website

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