Many young people who are experiencing symptoms of psychosis don’t know where to turn for help. One way is to start by telling someone you trust (such as a parent, teacher or coach) that you are having some strange experiences you cannot explain. A trusted adult can help you find services in your community.
You can decide how much to involve others in your care. Keep in mind that it’s often very beneficial to have the support of family and friends as psychosis can be quite isolating. Share this website with the person you trust so they can begin to work alongside you and understand what help you may need and help you find the best resources.
We encourage you to start with a phone call to your local Early Psychosis Intervention services (see below). They will ask you some questions about what you are experiencing and together you can make a plan for further assessment or other supports.
Another option is to make an appointment with your family doctor or local medical clinic. You may want to have a family member or friend attend with you and help to communicate your experiences if it is difficult for you. Share what you have learned from this website and the experiences you are having with your doctor. Your doctor can help you to get further assessments or supports.
If you are feeling too unsafe or scared to tell anyone about your experience, it is very important to try and reach out and get some help. If you don’t want to tell anyone you know, there are crisis lines that have experienced people to help you. Crisis lines aren’t only for people in crisis. You can call for information on local services or if you want to talk with someone to explore your options.
310 Mental Health Support (310-6789 – no area code needed) is the toll-free access for crisis or mental health support, information and resources. It is available 24/7/365 throughout BC.
If you are having thoughts of suicide, 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) is available 24/7/365 throughout BC and ensures that people have access to skilled suicide assessment and intervention when they need it most.
How to make a referral to Early Psychosis Intervention Program
Ideally, if there is Early Psychosis Intervention (EPI) program or service providers in your area, this would be the best place to begin. Anyone can make a referral if they are concerned about themselves or someone else. When you call, an EPI Intake clinician will ask you a number of questions. This information helps to decide if the EPI Program can help and if other services may be needed. The EPI Intake clinician will be able to provide information and support if non-EPI services are needed.