Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) Services are designed to provide intensive support to young people aged 14-35 experiencing a first episode of psychosis.
Early Signs of psychosis can be vague and will vary from person-to-person. Some of the signs that might be noticed by the individual or those around them include:
Some of these changes could be a temporary reaction to stressful events such as difficulties at school/college/work, relationship breakups, or the process of changing roles. For some people, recreational drug and/or alcohol use may trigger these difficulties.
But it is a good idea to get these checked out before they become too distressing. If a psychotic episode is developing, any treatment needed can be started sooner rather than later.
Later Signs are likely to be more obvious and can be very distressing. For example:
The service is made up of a team of mental health professionals who work with individuals and their families to understand their personal experiences, to support improvements in symptom reduction, emotional well-being; reducing distress, increasing confidence, coping and social resources.
The process of recovery is different for everyone. We aim to work alongside people to promote improvements in their mental health and quality of life, to ensure they can get on with their lives.
Referrals may be received from health services such as P-CAMHS, S-CAMHS, CMHT, CRHT, PCMHS, inpatient settings or external agencies such as GPs and Local Authority.
The service is currently contacted via the local Community Mental Health Team for Adult Services or the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service team in Tonteg.
The Team are available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
*Individuals living in the Bridgend locality can access support via the Swansea Bay UHB EIP Service, contactable on (01639) 862957.
More information on Early Intervention Services in Wales can be found at: http://www.psychosis.wales/.