Mental illness can be devastating to families. Learn about Schizophrenia, Bipolar, Depression and anxiety, from people with intimate experience of mental illness as they supported their loved ones.
Note, at this web site we don't offer a diagnosis or medical advice, we leave that to the professionals.
What we do offer is expert guidance from real people intimately involved with Mental Illness.
The term Psychosis refers to an abnormal condition of the mind. It is a generic psychiatric term for a mental state often described as involving a "loss of contact with reality". Psychosis describes a mental state during which hallucinations, delusions and impaired insight may occur. The term psychosis is very broad and can be apparent in several mental illnesses including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder or in cases of physical brain damage or drug use.
Peer Support occurs when people provide knowledge, experience, emotional, social or practical help to each other. The source of support is a peer, a person who is similar in fundamental ways to the recipient of the support; their relationship is one of equality. A peer is in a position to offer support by virtue of relevant experience: he or she has "been there, done that" and can relate to others who are now in a similar situation. Peer support is proving to be an effective strategy for recovery.