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Because EIP works in an all-round way, there are lots of different types of people who work in the service, but they’re all used to working with young people. This is because unusual distressing experiences mostly start in young people in their teens and early 20’s.

"Umm I had a really, really good consultant and care coordinator who were just so understanding and the way that they approached it was in a very caring manner, umm, made me feel as though I wasn’t unwell .. I was still normal. They made me feel like, umm, anything was possible and that if I wanted to achieve something, after this episode, that it was fine. It just felt like they were on my side the whole time." - Tembe aged 18

When you begin working with an EIP service you will be provided with a ‘care co-ordinator’, they are the person who you will generally have the most contact with. They are most likely to be a nurse, OT or social worker. All EIP workers aim to help you with the things that are important to you and provide emotional and mental health support, and support to get back to your family, friends, work, college and the things you enjoy in life. Some may also have had some extra training to prescribe medication or offer talking therapies. They will support you to get the things you want sorted, sorted.

The EYE Project is a research project supported by:

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