Our new campaign focuses on the increasing numbers of young people experiencing the symptoms of psychosis. It’s gone up over the last few years – and we saw an increase in referrals for suspected first episodes of psychosis during the Covid-19 pandemic.
And while other mental illnesses have received more attention (a good thing!) we know that psychosis is still overlooked, that people living with it can feel scared, alone, and worried about their future. And their parents and loved ones are worried too; not knowing who to turn to or how to help.
But support is available. Whether it’s through accessing an early intervention service, reading our factsheets or speaking to one of our trained advisors, find out more in our get support section.
Get the facts
What is psychosis?
Psychosis is a term used to describe when people lose some contact with reality. Common symptoms of psychosis are hearing voices or having strong beliefs that are not shared by people within your community. For example, you may be worried that the government is trying to harm you and your loved ones.
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What is hearing voices?
Hearing voices is a common symptom of a mental illness and up to 1 in 10 people hear voices. Not everyone that hears voices is unwell. Another term for hearing voices is ‘auditory hallucinations.’ The voices can say positive or negative things. Treatments for hearing voices can include medication, talking therapies and peer support.
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What is bipolar disorder?
Bipolar disorder, also known as bipolar affective disorder, is a mood disorder. Bipolar disorder can cause your mood to swing from an extreme high to an extreme low. Manic symptoms can include increased energy, excitement, impulsive behaviour, and agitation. Depressive symptoms can include lack of energy, feeling worthless, low self-esteem and suicidal thoughts.
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What is schizoaffective disorder?
Schizoaffective disorder has symptoms of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. You can experience psychosis with mania and depression. No one knows what causes schizoaffective disorder. Research shows that genetic and environmental factors can increase your risk of getting a mental illness.
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