Psychosis (young people)


In this section you can see and hear young people talking about their experiences of psychosis. Our researchers travelled around England and talked to 22 young people who wanted to share their experiences of psychosis with others. They talked about what it was like to experience psychosis for the first time; how it impacted on school, college and further study, and the day to day challenges of living with psychosis. They also described techniques they’ve developed, or learned, to manage their wellbeing and about the ups and downs of getting support from Mental Health Services, GPs, family and friends. 

The interviews with young people for this website took place in their homes, or at a place of their choice, including a college or university, or the offices of local mental health organisations. You can see more about those who supported our work

The topics that the young people talked about are listed in the left hand column and you can select which topics interest you from there. 

Our website has other sections on mental health, which you might also find interesting to visit including a section on experiences of psychosis in the general population and a section on young people’s experiences of depression and low mood.


This research was funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care Oxford at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health.

Publication date: May 2018
Review date: May 2020



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