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Early Intervention in Psychosis

About the Early Interventions in Psychosis Team

We support people experiencing symptoms of psychosis for the first time, as well as people at risk of developing psychosis.

Psychosis affects the way someone believes, views and experiences things. It most commonly develops between late teens and early adulthood. Anyone can develop psychosis, and most people recover in less than six months with treatment and support. Early treatment increases the chance of a full recovery.

Early signs can sometimes be unclear and hardly noticeable. A person with psychosis might experience the following:

  • Hearing, smelling and seeing things that other people don’t
  • Saying things that seem strange to friends and family
  • Becoming withdrawn and isolated
  • Becoming suspicious that everything is about or related to them
  • Feeling that their thoughts are being controlled by someone or something else

Wherever possible, the work of our team will continue although, in some cases, not in the way you may be used to.  

Until further notice, we’re stopping all non-urgent face to face appointments and will offer alternative arrangements.

Depending on your needs, this could include:

  • an online video consultation, similar to a Skype or WhatsApp call
  • consultation over the phone
  • professional advice on how to manage your own care

In some cases we may offer face to face appointments or even make home visits. This will be based on an assessment of your current difficulties and risks, taking into consideration any additional risks that are the result of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

A member of the team will contact you to decide on the right arrangements for you. There is no need to contact us.

We provide help and support to people over the age of 14 who are experiencing symptoms of psychosis for the first time, and for one week or more.

We also work with people who are at risk of developing psychosis. This might include people who:

  • Have a strong family history of psychosis
  • Are experiencing a decline in social functioning
  • Have increased levels of anxiety and some mild psychotic symptoms.

If you, or someone you care for, require early intervention, we’ll create a care plan with you. The care plan will include:

  • Information to help you and your family understand psychosis
  • Support with school, college, university or work
  • Psychological interventions
  • Assessment and support to manage health and wellbeing, including healthy eating, physical activity and stopping smoking
  • Support with understanding your medication.

We usually meet you within 14 days of your referral, at a time and venue convenient to you. The meeting gives you the opportunity to discuss your experiences and any concerns you have.

If you have concerns about a child, please visit your GP in the first instance who will be able to refer to us in CAMHS if necessary. 

If you feel you need to speak to someone urgently to make a referral, please call 0300 365 1234.