The experience of psychosis has very profound impacts on the
individual and their family members and friends. A first episode
of psychosis most often occurs in adolescence or early adult life.
An experience of psychosis at this stage has great potential to
derail educational, work and social goals. A response that
specifically considers the key developmental stage of those
experiencing an initial episode of psychosis is critical.
Symptoms of psychosis include delusions, hallucinations,
disorganized thinking and disorganized or bizarre behaviour. The
overwhelming majority of first episodes of psychosis will occur
among young people between the ages of 15 and 34.
This text is taken from the Ministry of Health and Long-term
Care’s document entitled “Program Policy Framework for Early
Intervention in Psychosis”.
The report also indicates the services dedicated to early
intervention are growing in Ontario and worldwide. Here in Peel
Region, CMHA is working with the Centre for Addiction and Mental
Health, Supportive Housing in Peel, and Family Association for
Mental Health Everywhere to establish a well coordinated program
for people experiencing a first episode.
Each partner has an established role in this newly named
program, FACT Peel+. Click here to read about