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Psychosis is treatable - get help early

I am a huge supporter of EPI because I know I owe my current life to them. I have recently passed my 5-year mark of being relapse free and these past years have been some of the best of my life.

- Brent, youth

Early intervention for psychosis seeks to limit the negative impact that psychosis may have on a person's life and to ensure optimal recovery. A whole set of specialized early psychosis treatments and  services have been developed that are based on scientific evidence of their usefulness. These treatments and services aim to:

  • Provide treatment as quickly as possible to reduce the length of time psychosis remains untreated
  • Limit the suffering and negative effects of psychotic symptoms
  • Facilitate a rapid recovery
  • Provide age-appropriate supports that minimize disruption to the young person's life and enable them to more successfully meet the developmental challenges of youth and young adulthood
  • Support individuals in the pursuit of their academic, vocational and social goals
  • Decrease negative impact of psychosis on families and engage with them throughout the course of treatment
  • Achieve the best short and long term outcomes possible
  • Lower risk of relapse and the need for hospitalization
  • Preserve and develop psychosocial skills, family and social supports
  • Reduce associated problems such as depression and substance use problems
  • Promote recovery, stability, self-determination and personal fulfilment
did you know Early and appropriate treatment leads to the best long term outcomes.

For all psychotic disorders, the better a person does over the short term, the better the long-term outcome.

To learn more about early intervention in psychosis go to the Resources section and read the BC Standards and Guidelines.