EIP stands for Early Intervention in Psychosis.
EIP services work to support you with whatever you hope to do. They also support you to manage and recover from your unusual distressing experience, feel more positive, and reduce the chances of this happening again. They work in lots of different ways and can help with lots of different areas of your life; medical, psychological, social and physical, helping you with work, college, family and friends, relationships, where you live, money, drugs, alcohol and health.
"My care-co-ordinator is really good at communicating and has patience and has the skills, is probably better equipped than, like a GP, she encounters psychosis on a day-to-day basis and she’s like, so brilliant at it and like, you know, anticipating how you’re gonna respond…" - Michael aged 23
EIP will advise and support families and close friends but you can tell them if there are people you don’t want them to talk to. They know it is important to respect your wishes.
EIP services offer support for 2 or 3 years, even if things get better after a few weeks. This is because quite a few people have other episodes of these unusual distressing experiences. Getting the right support in the following three years is really important to giving you the best chance of recovery.