Early detection of psychosis and effective interventions greatly increase the chance of a successful recovery.
This website has been developed primarily for health profesionals working in the area of first episode psychosis. Anyone is welcome to look around, but if you think that 'something isn't quite right' in yourself or someone you know, your general practitioner or someone you trust (eg. School counsellor, Priest etc.) would be a good person to talk to about how you are feeling. Research and clinical experience show that the earlier the treatment for psychosis, the better the outcome.
If you are looking for information on psychosis developed
by those with first episode psychosis and their families, try this site
Also, the Canterbury DHB Totara House website has a number of useful pages including what is psychosis, and how family and others can help the person with psychosis. There is also a list of New Zealand Early intervention sites here.
This site contains a number of resources for clinicians working with young people with first episode psychosis. These include copies of the national early intervention Newsletter, information on the National Executive Committee, including the FERNZ National Data Set, information on the National Training Forum, (including keynote addresses from the 2006, 2007 and 2009 Training Forums) and an introduction to the 'Mind Your Head' DVD, (including the new DVD-only version for wider distribution) and Family Matters DVD. Latest additions to the site are listed here.
The documents on first episode psychosis are divided into various sections:
Firstly, websites that are of interest;
Fourthly, links are provided to a number of academic research articles of interest to early intervention;
Finally, the website provides a comprehensive Directory of Early Intervention for Psychosis Services in New Zealand.
Please send us your useful resources, so that we can share them with others.
"Prompt and effective interventions for young people with early psychosis, for their families, close friends and other carers represent a major element of respect of individuals’ rights to citizenship and social inclusion."
read the EARLY PSYCHOSIS DECLARATION
This site last updated: 21 March 2012