If you have concerns about a young person who may be experiencing psychosis, please contact the early psychosis intervention (EPI) service for your health region. These clinics can normally be…
For more information on psychosis and how to get help, please visit www.earlypsychosis.ca.
Would you like to talk online with others who are supporting or caring about someone with psychosis, schizophrenia, a mood disorder, depression or some other mental health concern? Would you like to ask questions about mental illness and get information on support and services available to you in BC? Click here to go to our <a href="http://www.reachoutpsychosis.com/phpBB" title="Online Support and Information Forum">online support forum</a>, which provides support for family members and supporters. Click on the title link above for more information.
When a family member suffers from a mental illness, one of the most important things to do is to take the time to learn about the disorder. By educating yourself as much as you can about the mental or substance use disorder, you can take an active role in your family member's recovery. The Family Toolkit was designed to assist families in caring for a family member with a mental illness by providing information and practical resources.
Psychosis can be induced by drugs or can be "drug assisted". Some stimulating drugs, like amphetamines, can cause psychosis, while other drugs, including marijuana, can trigger the onset of psychosis in someone who is already at increased risk because they have "vulnerability".
This fact sheet for teachers is posted with permission of the Vancouver Richmond Early Psychosis Intervention Program.
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