If you are experiencing symptoms of psychosis and are looking to improve your mental health, resources are available to help you care for yourself. Don’t forget, you don’t have to manage your mental health alone. Reach out to someone you trust or seek professional help.

HELP! I’m having a mental health crisis. What do I do?

988 Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. You can use Lifeline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, anywhere in the United States. Ready to chat?

CALL 988 to talk to someone.
To start a text conversation, send a text to 988.

Lifeline ofrece sus servicios en español.
LLAME AL 988 para hablar con alguien.
Para iniciar una conversación de texto, envíe un mensaje de texto al 988.

Additional resources are available on the 988 Lifeline website:

I have symptoms that I know are unusual or problematic. Can I ever have a good life?

YES, many people experience psychosis and manage to reclaim their mental health and move forward in their lives.

Here are examples:

I get so stressed out during the day. What can I do to calm down?

Many people managing their psychosis find breathwork to be helpful and calming. Try these Breathing Exercises.

At CALM we often talk about finding your Place of CALM. You may wish to go for a walk, play music, or do some light exercise or yardwork. Don’t give up! You may need to try different things until you find what works for you.


I need help. Can psychosis be treated?

YES, psychosis can be treated.

Three decades of research shows that specialized treatment as early as possible after one’s first psychosis episode improves outcomes across the board. It is important for people to understand that treatment at a general mental health clinic is NOT the same as receiving specialized treatment.

CALM works in partnership with the Early Psychosis Interventioin Clinic (EPIC-NOLA), a Tulane University affiliated specialty care clinic for people experiencing psychosis. They help adolescents and young adults understand, manage, and cope with psychosis experiences in order to get back to their everyday lives.

If you live in the New Orleans area,
Call 504-988-0301

Capital Area Human Services District
Parishes served: Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Pointe Coupee, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana
Services provided: Medication management; community-based therapeutic intervention; peer support services; family therapy; case management; and a supportive, team approach to care.
Clinic Location:
2751 Wooddale Blvd., Suite A, Baton Rouge, LA 70805
225-925-1906 or 800-768-8824

Florida Parishes Human Services Authority
Parishes served: Livingston, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Washington
Services provided: Medication management with a physician, nurse practitioner, or medical psychologist; psychotherapy; family education and support; employment and education services; peer support services; and a supportive, team approach to care
Clinic locations:
900 Wilkinson St., Mandeville, LA 70448
2331 Carey St., Slidell, LA 70458
835 Pride Dr., Suite B, Hammond, LA 70401

South Central Louisiana Human Services Authority
Parishes served: Assumption, Lafourche, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Mary, and Terrebonne
Services provided: Medication management with a physician or nurse practitioner; psychotherapy; family education and support; peer support services; and a supportive, team approach to care.
Clinic locations:
157 Twin Oaks Dr., Raceland, LA 70394
985-537–6823 or 800-840-7758
232 Belle Terre Blvd., Suite B, Laplace, LA 70068
985-651-7064 or 800-256-5508
1809 West Airline Hwy., Laplace, LA 70068
985-652-8444 or 800-709-2635
500 Roderick St. Suite B, Morgan City, LA 70380
985-380-2460 or 800-481-6882
5599 Hwy. 311, Houma, LA 70360

EpiCenter – Volunteers of America North Louisiana
Parishes served: Caddo, Bossier, DeSoto, Webster, Red River, Claiborne, Bienville, Sabine, Natchitoches
Services Provided: Psychotherapy, Psychiatric Medication Management, Individual, Group, and Family Education, Case Management, Supported Employment & Education
Clinic providing FEP services:
458 Herndon St. Shreveport, LA 71101

If you live outside these areas you can use this treatment locator OR browse this document for first-episode psychosis treatment programs in your state.

People can be so mean. It hurts!

Many people do not understand what it’s like to experience mental health challenges. This can often prevent people from getting the help they need. CALM exists to provide accurate information about psychosis especially, the first episode. It takes a community working together to reduce stigma.


It’s time to return to school. I don’t know how I feel about it.

Back to School can be a tricky time. It’s normal to have mixed feelings, and okay to need support.

Students with Psychosis is an organization that aims to expand mental health/brain health advocacy at the college level to ensure psychosis representation, including a global perspective. Take advantage of their many offerings and join a supportive community. Learn more

CALM’s partner clinic Early Psychosis Intervention Clinic (EPIC-NOLA) provides vocational support in addition to other services.

I’m not sure whether to work. How do I decide?

Different people need different things in the workplace.

This Employment Workbook has tips on making a decision, preparing for interviews, talking to people on the first day of work, how to quit and more.

CALM’s partner clinic Early Psychosis Intervention Clinic (EPIC-NOLA) provides vocational support in addition to other services.

I want people to understand me better. Do I have to tell everyone I meet about my psychosis?

NO, you get to decide on a case-by-case basis whether and how to disclose your mental health challenges. Here are some tips on how to disclose information to others.


Identify psychosis symptoms and how they appear in different people. Learn the TRUTH about psychosis.


Learn more about the EPIC clinic, a specialty care clinic for people experiencing psychosis.


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