Relatives, carers and friends of people with psychosis are being helped to access clear information and advice on the condition and the support available with a website launched today.
The website, which is a joint venture between the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London and the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, contains information about the effects of medications and how to navigate the mental health services system.
The site, which is called mentalhealthcare.org.uk, aims to address carers’ desires for clear and easily available information on the condition to help ease the burden of caring for someone with psychosis. The institute’s professor of clinical psychology, Elizabeth Kuipers, said: “There are a lot of myths about what it means if you have one of these problems, so it’s helpful to have information that you can trust.”
The information on the site has been taken from research by the institute and information gathered by mental health professionals. The site also features video interviews with some of the professionals who contributed.
The project is being carried out in association with mental health charity Rethink and is being funded by The Wellcome Trust.