Early intervention teams

Early intervention teams work with people aged 14-35 experiencing their first episode of psychosis. Once referred, service users can remain with the team for three to five years.

Psychosis is more common than you think. It can occur for any number of reasons, including a change of circumstance, increased stress or drug use. Research shows that people are most likely to experience psychosis for the first time in their late teens to early thirties. Initially, people may feel that something isn't right, but can't quite identify what. They may become more withdrawn, experience loss of sleep or appetite, find it difficult to concentrate, feel suspicious or paranoid. Later signs might include unusual behaviour, new or unexplained beliefs or hallucinations. People can recover fully from psychosis: the most important thing is to get help early. The aims of this service include:
  • Early detection, assessment and treatment of symptoms
  • Optimistic views about recovery focused interventions
  • Provide a wide range of psycho-social interventions and support
  • Provide support and intervention for family and carers
  • To work in partnership with a range of statutory and non-statutory services.

How to access these services

Referrals to these team are usually made by a GP. Referrals can also be received following acute crisis.
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