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Early detection of psychosis in under 18s

The symptoms of psychosis remain the same as those seen in adults, however some of the services that are available to you as somebody below the ages of 18 and how those are accessed can be different. If you’re unsure about how you’re feeling, take the quiz on Headscape and find out what support is available for you

Some important points you can think about include:

  •   It is possible that others may notice symptoms before you do. This is because psychosis can make you feel as if things are normal when they’re not.
  • It’s important to speak to your GP, a teacher, or somebody you trust  as they will be able to point you in the direction of the right support
  • The GP may offer to refer you to the child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS), an expert or a psychiatrist who can help.
  • If you would like more information, then check out this factsheet on psychosis in young people. It is important to talk to someone you trust like a teacher, relative, or a peer.
  • If you need urgent help then text YM to 85258 to speak to a trained volunteer at young minds (texts are free from most providers) , there are also local crisis teams across London
  • You can find lots of resources and support services available to you within your area; simply search using your postcode on Mind Fresh