Early Intervention in Psychosis Service

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Overview of service

This specialist service works with people aged 14-35 years who are experiencing their first episode of psychosis, no matter what the cause of symptoms, whether it is drug induced or related to a bipolar disorder or a primary psychotic illness. This intensive service is available to people with psychosis and their carers for a maximum of three years.

Psychosis is a term used to describe conditions that affect the mind, where there has been some loss of contact with reality. Hallucinations, such as hearing voices delusions (false beliefs), paranoia and disorganized thoughts and speech are some of the symptoms that may be experienced. These symptoms can seem so real that often the person does not realize that they are experiencing psychosis. Psychosis also affects feelings and behaviour.

The service also works with people with low level psychotic symptoms such as, odd beliefs, altered sensations particularly in their hearing and vision, a family history of psychosis, fleeting psychotic symptoms and/or changes in their mental state.

The team aims to reduce both the duration and severity of acute psychosis and to improve a persons social functioning and assist them in staying or getting back into employment or education.

What the Service Offers

The service is a community based multidisciplinary team which provides assistance and interventions at a time and location that are convenient to the person with psychosis. Joint working and collaboration with other agencies are key elements of our approach to providing the best available service.

Service provision includes:

  • Advice, information and assessment
  • Youth friendly services, emphasising social recovery
  • Seeing people in their homes or other non stigmatising settings
  • Assertive outreach approach
  • An assessment period of up to 3 months
  • Comprehensive package of care for a duration of 2-3 years
  • Low dose neuroleptic medication
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy for hallucinations and delusions
  • Family intervention
  • Relapse prevention strategies
  • Support/advice for family, carers and friends
  • Help with returning to work or education
  • Hospital admission arranged when necessary

Where Service is based

Early Intervention Team,
South East Essex

Rochford Hospital
Union Lane
Early Intervention Team,
South West
Pride House
Christy Close
SS15 6EA

How to Contact Service

Early Intervention Team, South East  Essex: Tel: 01702 538022

Early Intervention Team, South West Essex: Tel: 01268 407800

How to Access Service

Anyone can refer to us if they feel concerned about a person’s mental health. People can refer themselves; friends or family can contact us; or any health or related profession (GP’s or youth workers for example).