Those affected by psychosis and/or schizophrenia often have deep-seated worries about being helpless in the hands of their own psychosis or not knowing how to manage their psychosis. It is, however, possible to avert or mitigate possible psychotic episodes. In order to do this, it is important to be well prepared and to create a plan for the crisis in advance, since it can often be difficult to make sensible and rational decisions once a psychotic episode is imminent or if the situation is already acute. A precise plan that reminds you of which steps to take when a crisis arises can help you manage the crisis better and overcome feelings of helplessness. Our App can help you achieve this.
In order to manage a crisis it is important to act appropriately and in good time. When a crisis arises, however, it can often be difficult to make sensible and rational decisions: in the early stages of a crisis initial indications, the co-called early warning signs, can seem unspecific and intangible. By the time a crisis has become more advanced, thoughts can be uncontrollable and feelings can become either too intense or no longer perceptible. Imagination and reality also begin to blend slowly into one. All of this means that those affected by psychosis and/or schizophrenia can find it hard to know how to act. It is therefore important to be well prepared and to have a clear plan to follow. Your safety plan should be written outside of an acute phase in conjunction with your psychotherapist or your doctor. You can enter strategies or activities into your safety plan that will help you should certain symptoms or indications emerge. This might, for example, mean listening to music to distract yourself, or going to a place where you feel particularly comfortable. Should a crisis loom, your safety plan can help you take the right steps to manage or divert the crisis. If the crisis is more advanced and your coping strategies or distractions are no longer helping, the App allows you get into direct contact with people you trust or with emergency contacts. Our App means that your safety plan is always there when you need it.
This App is in no way a replacement for psychotherapeutic treatment and should be used solely as an accompaniment to therapy. Make sure that you create your individual safety plan together with your therapist and obtain their agreement before using the App.
If you find yourself in a crisis and need urgent help, call the emergency services or get in touch with the telephone counselling services.