5. Staying safe and managing crises


When a crisis becomes an emergency


Ideally, people who are experiencing their first episode of psychosis are cared for in the familiarity of their own homes. Fortunately, this is often possible with the support of appropriate psychiatric and community services.

However, sometimes treatment at home is not appropriate, especially if there are concerns about safety. When the person’s own safety or the safety of others is at risk, hospitalization may be the only alternative. The purpose of hospitalization is to ensure safety and to stabilize your relative.

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