Sunday, June 29, 2012
Tooling With Psychosis
New self help kit helps people get a handle on mental illness
Released by Fraser Health Authority
eople experiencing psychosis will be better able to manage the symptoms and life altering effects of their condition using a new psychosis toolkit developed by the Ministry of Health and Fraser Health.
The toolkit, called Dealing with Psychosis: A toolkit for moving forward with you life (here), will empower people experiencing psychosis who are working to take control of their lives.
Often considered a disruptive, confusing and frightening experience, psychosis affects a person's ability to know what is real versus what is not. Further blurring the lines of reality, sufferers of psychosis typically experience hearing voices and having unusual thoughts.
"I am extremely pleased to see the results of Fraser Health's thoughtful research and consultation with clinical experts. This tool reflects the work underway as part of our 10-year plan to address mental health and substance use and will help better support individuals living with this condition.
This is an excellent example of what we can accomplish when all the partners share a common vision to improve health services and outcomes for the people in our communities," Michael de Jong, Minister of Health, said in a release Friday.
About 3% of all people will experience psychosis at some point in their lives.
Development of such a resource counters widespread assumptions about the
ability of individuals with psychosis to be active learners and managers of
their own well-being.
This person will "walk with" the client through the educational and coping strategies beneficial to recovery. Along with encouraging the support of a friend, family or health professional, the toolkit provides concrete, simple solutions for managing life.
One example is using a calendar, or daily planner, to reduce stress and ensure a good balance of time for family, friends, recreation and relaxation - all important elements in dealing with, and avoiding future episodes of psychosis.
Dr. Bill MacEwan, physician leader for the Early Psychosis Intervention
Program at Fraser Health, Director of the Schizophrenia Program and Clinical
Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia, says that the
condition is treatable.