- Individuals developing a psychotic episode will often not reach out for help. If you are concerned about an individual, you may have to approach him or her first.
- Approach the individual you are concerned about in a caring and non-judgmental manner.
- Specifically state why you are concerned.
- It is often best to state your concerns in behavioral terms.
For example, "I have been concerned because you don't seem to be spending any time with your friends anymore."
- Do not speculate on what their diagnosis might be. For example, do NOT state, "I am concerned that you might be getting psychotic."
- Arrange to talk to the individual in a private setting.
- If the individual is unwilling to talk with you, let them know that you will be available if they would like to talk with you in the future.
- Ask if their family has expressed concern. Ask if they think it is okay for you to talk to the family.
If you live in Wellington or Dufferin Counties or Waterloo region call our intake clinician by phone for more information or to refer.
In Wellington and Dufferin Counties call: 519-821-2060, Ext. # 738
In Waterloo Region, call: 519-576-2333, Ext. #738.