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Early Intervention in Psychosis

Psychosis is a condition that affects your mind and can change the way you think, feel and behave. It can be difficult for you to distinguish between reality and your imagination. It most commonly develops in adolescence and early adulthood.

Young people sitting and talking on a picnic bench

We help assess, treat and support young people who are or who maybe in the early stages of a psychotic illness.

This is one of our community mental health services, which means treatment and support are offered in your home and in local places in the community. The service is provided by the Early Intervention in Psychosis Service.

Who is this service for?

This service is for anyone aged 14-35 and who appear to be experiencing their first episode of psychosis.

Get access to this service

You can refer yourself to this service - you don't have to go through your GP.

To make a referral, you’ll need to contact your local EIP Team, their numbers are on the right on this page. Alternatively, your GP can contact the team for you.

The team will carry out an initial screening followed by an assessment to find out more about any problems you may be experiencing and to establish what your needs are.

How we can help

The treatment and support you receive will be tailored to your individual needs. Some of the ways we can help may include:

  • Educating you, your friends and family about psychosis

  • Creating plans to help you through crisis

  • Medication

  • Working with your family or guardians

  • One-to-one support

  • Supporting you in your education or employment

  • Assisting and supporting you to continue with your everyday life

We normally work with you for up to three years.

Useful reading

A Straight Talking Introduction to Psychiatric Diagnosis, by Lucy Johnstone, 2014

A Straight Talking Introduction to Psychiatric Drugs, by Joanna Moncrieff, 2009

Web links

In this TED talk, Psychology researcher Eleanor Longden describes her experiences with hearing voices and how her own unique coping strategies to find wellness and success with a diagnosis of Schizophrenia.

In this video clip Johnny Benjamin describes the onset on his Schizoaffective disorder and how he has recovered since his first episode of Psychosis.

This webpage offers a detailed guide to antipsychotic medication, its uses and its effects.

I would like to

Get more information about psychosis (NHS Choices)

Contact us  

North EIP (covering Basingstoke, Hook & Alton): 01256 316326

South EIP (covering Southampton): Monday - Friday 02380 878040 (weekends 0777 5535 109)

East EIP (covering Havant, Hayling Island, Waterlooville, Bordon & Petersfield, Fareham & Gosport) 02392 683500

West EIP (covering Andover, Winchester, Eastleigh, Romsey, Totton & New Forest) 02380 874459

Useful links  

EPIC MINDS website (wealth of information on psychosis)

Choice and Medication (information on psychosis)

Rethink (what is psychosis?) - provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. - information for young people about mental health and emotional wellbeing.

If you’ve been diagnosed with psychosis, you are definitely not alone. There are teams of specialists ready to help. Hear the stories of people who’ve been treated by an EIP team - from the first symptom to starting treatment and moving on to a brighter future.