More than 100 are waiting more than 12 weeks

More than 1,000 people referred for psychosis treatment by their GP are yet to receive any form of treatment on the NHS, figures show.

The data shows that 1,183 are still waiting to start some form of treatment since they were first referred, with 10% (131) of those still waiting after 12 weeks.

Almost 600 of those still waiting for treatment are based in the North of England, with 267 living in the Midlands and East of England, 151 in London, 81 in the South West and 89 in the South East.

Psychosis is a mental health problem that causes people to perceive or interpret things differently from those around them, typically involving hallucinations or delusions. Experiencing these symptoms is classed as a psychotic episode and can put the individual and those around them in severe harm.

People with a history of psychosis are more likely than others to have drug or alcohol misuse problems, or both.

Dr Durrani, consultant psychiatrist and group medical adviser for addiction treatment specialists UKAT, warned people with psychosis could be trying to mask their symptoms of paranoia, hallucinations and/or delusions with drugs or alcohol.

“Doing so puts them on a slippery slope into an extremely dangerous state of substance-induced psychosis, putting themselves and others around them at risk of harm,” he said.