The best way to communicate with someone with psychosis is to be supportive and not judgemental.
It can be difficult to communicate with a person who is experiencing psychosis because they may:
When supporting someone experiencing psychosis you should:
Tip: Use the same language that the person uses to describe their experiences (e.g. – if the person refers to a voice that they hear as “Rodney”, you should do the same).
- A person with lived experience of a mental health condition
Note: If this type of discussion is outside the scope of your role, then it is important to let your supervisor know of your observations. Also ensure you follow your organisation’s reporting and recording requirements.
Psychosis first aid guidelinesThese guidelines provide an overview of common symptoms, how to talk to someone who is experiencing psychotic symptoms and what to do in a crisis situation. Type: GuidelineLength: 3 pagesProduced by: Mental Health First Aid Australia
PsychosisThis website provides an overview of psychosis and includes a podcast where Reka shares her experience of psychosis.Type: Web pageEstimated reading time: 5 minutesProduced by: Mind
A straight talking introduction for parents, carers and family members of young people who hear voices or see visionsThis booklet provides an overview of voices and visions, how they can affect people and tips for providing support.Type: BookletLength: 16 pagesProduced by: Voice Collective
What to do when someone close is in psychosis This video provides advice on what to do when a person is having a psychotic episode, as told from personal experience.Type: Video | Closed captionsViewing time: 6.30 minutesProduced by: The Relationship Blogger