Our Early Intervention in Psychosis & Transitions Team offer support to young people aged 14-35 who have or may be experiencing their first episode of psychosis.
What is Psychosis?
If you have psychosis you may see, hear and experience events differently to those around you and your perception of what is reality and imagination can be distorted. Symptoms can include hallucinations and delusions and in many cases you are not aware you are experiencing symptoms but believe the sensations and experiences are real, therefore lose contact with reality.
What services do we offer?
The service is for people aged 14-35 who are experiencing psychosis or are at risk of psychosis. We would see the person referred within 2 weeks of the referral. In this time we try to complete a mental health assessment (as would be completed by any mental health team). From this we decide if it might be helpful to explore the person’s experiences further and complete more specific assessments such as At Risk Mental State (ARMS) or Positive and Negative Symptom Scale (PANSS). If you are offered a service from Early Interventions you can be supported for 3 years by the team and allocated a care coordinator.
We make our support and care person specific so a set care package is different for each individual. However, it will be forward thinking, challenging the stigma and misconceptions of mental health and illness. We work holistically and can support people on our caseload in all aspects of their life, moving forward and getting on.
HOW DO I ACCESS THE EARLY INTERVENTION IN PSYCHOSIS SERVICE?
You can contact the team directly to arrange an informal telephone consultation. The team will be able to discuss a potential referral or advise on other options. A referral coordinator is available Monday – Friday between 9am-5pm.
Referrals to the team can also come from many different areas of the community such as other health agencies, school and colleges as well as other young people’s services. Your GP can also refer you.
Any urgent referrals should contact the Single Point of Access (SPA):