Psychosis - Family, friends
Information for carers, friends and relatives
If you think someone is experiencing psychotic symptoms you may want them to see a doctor. This can be difficult if they do not believe they are ill, this is called ‘lacking insight’.
Sometimes a person's psychotic symptoms are serious and may cause them harm. If you think someone is in a crisis you can:
- call their GP and tell them,
- call an ambulance or 999,
- use your nearest relative powers to ask for a Mental Health Act assessment, or
- bring them to A&E.
As a carer, friend or family member of someone living with psychosis, you might find that you also need support. It is important to get support you want or need. You could check if there are any local support groups for carers, friends and relatives in your area.
If you feel you need more support to care for your loved one you could ask your local authority for a carer’s assessment. You can do this assessment with the person you care for or on your own.
If the person you care for is supported by a mental health team you should be involved with decisions about care planning. This can only happen if the person you care for agrees. There are laws about confidentiality that services have to follow. They cannot give you information unless the person you care agrees. The team can ask for permission from them and ask what they are happy for you or others to know. This would include any care plans. You can get the person you care for to sign a consent form to give to the mental health team. This will mean they can share information with you.
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