Crisis First Aid for someone experiencing an acute psychotic episode
- Do not get involved physically
- Call the police and explain what is happening, unless the person has a mental health crisis card with clear steps describing how you can help.
- Try to create a calm, non-threatening atmosphere.
- Be reassuring, calm and concerned.
- Do not try to reason with someone who is experiencing acute psychosis.
- Express empathy for the person’s emotional distress.
- Comply with reasonable requests