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Page written and resources collated by Andi Baker, Senior Wellbeing Practitioner

Psychosis is when you perceive reality in a different way from the people around you and 'lose touch' with your very day experiences. It can be very frightening for some people. You may experience:

  • hallucinations - seeing things that others do not. Hearing voices or experiencing unusual physical sensations.
  • delusions - having false beliefs about yourself or others.
  • disorganised thinking or speaking - making it difficult for to understand what you are speaking about.

It can be an isolated episode or can develop into a more long-term problem.


Psychosis can be a symptom of many different mental health problems. It can also be the result of:

  • physical illness
  • using substances
  • lack of sleep or food
  • abuse or trauma

What you can do about it

  • Speak to your GP who can refer you to specialist services as prompt treatment is important.
  • Anti-psychotic medication can be prescribed by a psychiatrist.
  • Reduce or stop using substances and reduce your alcohol intake.
  • Recognise triggers that make you stressed and that lead to you becoming unwell.
  • Contact Student Wellbeing who can refer you to the relevant services.

Note: we hope that resources below are useful but we do not endorse the opinions expressed by other parties.


Self-help materials you can print, or download and save.

Resource Description
NHS guide on 'Hearing Voices and Disturbing Beliefs' Information about symptoms and how to manage them, services and what to expect. Clearly laid out and easy to follow.

Places to get help

Local and national organisations and websites.

Resource Description
The Hearing Voices Network
Tel: 0114 271 8210
Peer support and advocacy for people who hear voices in the UK.
Sheffield Mental Health Helpline Helpline is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Provides support for anyone affected by mental illness.

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