Fixer Deborah (22) is highlighting the issue of psychosis to encourage people to understand the signs, and to seek help to cure the damage the condition can cause.
Deborah, whose real name has not been used, developed psychosis in her teens, after having depression for two-years. Symptoms of psychosis include delusional thought, hallucinations, catatonia, and inability to think in a sufficient order.
“When I first experienced psychosis, I had no idea what was happening to me. I was lucky to have people around me who sought appropriate help for me very quickly,” she said.
“All these things were happening to me, with no explanation or reason, and I was really confused about what was going on.
“People who experience mental health problems often understand the signs of their condition, but psychosis can really surprise you. I do not feel there is enough help in identifying the signs, and then encouragement in making a first step towards their recovery and seeking help.”
With help from a group of young people from Barnet, Edmonton, and Enfield, a short film focuses on a character unwittingly experiencing psychosis. (You can watch this film at the top of this page)
“We hope this film with raise awareness about mental health so that people who think they are experiencing psychosis will actively seek help for themselves, and people who recognise someone going through such problems will get help for them.
“Working with Fixers has been amazing,” she said. “It has given me and the group the confidence to speak out about mental health, and it has given me an opportunity to help people and change lives.”