Schizophrenia is a type of psychosis. The main symptoms are hallucinations (hearing voices or seeing things that others can’t hear or see), delusions (believing in things that are unrealistic to others) and changes in a person’s normal way of being and way of looking at things. These experiences can be confusing and worrying, both for the person who it happens to as well as for people around them.
Where to get help and support
If you feel you or your child may be showing signs of schizophrenia, the first step is to speak to your GP.
Where felt needed, your GP will make a referral to CAMHS who can support young people and their families with diagnosing and supporting you.
Other sources of support are:
The Samaritans – telephone 08457 90 90 90
Providing confidential emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts
For children and young people who hear, see and sense things others don’t
Young Minds – schizophrenia
Information, help and factsheets about schizophrenia for young people