The Early Intervention service is a specialist team developed to help, support and understand people experiencing psychosis for the first time.
Psychosis is a term used to describe a mental condition where someone is unable to distinguish between their imagination and reality. An episode of psychosis is usually caused by an underlying serious mental health condition, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, or as a result of drug or alcohol misuse.
We focus on the early detection and assessment of psychotic symptoms, and then provides help and support to treat the underlying causes.
Early intervention is often crucial because it is during the first few years that people with psychotic symptoms are at greatest risk of harm to both themselves and to others. Also, the earlier a serious mental condition is treated, the better the long-term outcomes tend to be.
We work with people aged 18 to 35 years to help them understand what they are going through and support them for up to three years so they can take control of their lives and equip themselves with the tools to manage their mental health in the future.
We offer individual therapy, group work, family work and assessment of your educational and vocational needs. We can also help you address practical issues, such as housing and benefits.
Referrals are taken direct from community mental health teams.
Tel: 020 8483 2671
Hammersmith & Fulham
The Claybrook Centre
Tel:020 7386 1160
Lakeside Mental Health Unit
West Middlesex University Hospital site