Early Intervention Teams
- Early intervention in psychosis (EIP) services work with you the first time you have psychosis. They may call this your ‘first episode’.
- In some areas EIP services are for people under a certain age. Usually this is 35.
- Psychosis means having unusual beliefs or experiencing things that other people do not, like hearing voices.
- It is important to get help as soon as you have your first psychotic episode. Getting help straight away will give you a higher chance of getting better. EIP services should try to help you as soon as possible.
- The service will have psychiatrists, psychologists, community psychiatric nurses, social workers and support workers.
- Your GP can pass your details to your local EIP service. In some areas, you may be able to refer yourself.
This section covers:
- What is an early intervention in psychosis service?
- Who makes up an early intervention in psychosis service?
- How can I get help from the service?
- What happens after I have been referred?
- Care Programme Approach (CPA)
- When will I stop seeing the service?
- Problems with the early intervention in psychosis service
- What about confidentiality?
- What to expect as a carer, friend or relative
These pages are created by the Rethink Mental Illness Advice Service in accordance with the Information Standard. Last reviewed in March 2017. Next review March 2020.
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