Psychotic disorders affect the way we experience ourselves and the world around us, making it hard to distinguish between what is and is not real. Young people struggling with psychosis usually experience hallucinations (such as hearing or seeing things other do not), delusions (distressing and intense beliefs), difficulties in communicating with others, and low energy and motivation.

Psychosis often begins during adolescence and early adulthood and can affect our ability to work, study and relate with others, if timely support is not provided.

Jonny Benjamin — author and mental health campaigner — talks about his personal experience of psychosis.

Our understanding of psychosis has greatly improved over the last decades. Some areas of (ongoing) progress include:

  • Improvements in the early detection of psychosis
  • Development of specialized Early Intervention services for psychosis
  • Exploration of new treatments
  • Deeper understanding of the neurobiological basis of psychosis
  • Improved understanding of risk and protective factors

At Youngspace, we are committed to improving the life quality of young people struggling with psychosis and we can proudly say that we are a World-reference psychosis research centre.

Much of our research focuses on preventing psychosis in young people.