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Early Intervention in Psychosis services are specially designed to help young people who experience psychosis, to recover and get on with their lives. They do this by working in an all-round way and this should include working with family and friends, where this is helpful. This is because young people are more likely to recover from psychosis more quickly if they have supportive family and friends around them.

The EIP service will be focussed on supporting the young person with psychosis. They have to respect a young person’s views and keep things confidential when they are asked to by the young person, BUT, they should normally ask how, rather than whether to include friends and relatives in the young person’s support.

You should expect an EIP service to:

  • Talk to you in general about mental health, psychosis, the role of the EIP service, the people who work in the service and the treatments for psychosis that are on offer.
  • Listen to your concerns and talk to you in general about things that you can do that may be helpful
  • Support you in your role as a relative or friend. This might include speaking to you on the phone, meeting with you, inviting you to a carers’ group and offering you a carers assessment to support you with your own needs. 

If your friend or relative is happy for information to be shared with you, the EIP service can also:

  • Talk to you about the specific problems that your relative is experiencing and the specific supports and treatments that they are putting in place to help. 
  • Invite you to care plan and review meetings
  • Offering a family intervention where this is available and may be helpful

The EYE Project is a research project supported by:

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Swandean, Arundel Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN13 3EP