Whilst we believe that most people will recover from a psychotic episode there is good research evidence that individuals are vulnerable to it happening again. For this reason the EI Team offers to support people for up to 3 years following their first episode of Psychosis. This does not mean that you have to see us every week. A tailored level of support will be agreed that aims to help you maintain your progress towards a full recovery and highest level of functioning including rebuilding social networks, housing issues, employment and education.
Getting back on your feet
Following an episode of Psychosis it is normal for people to have worries and fears around becoming unwell again and how they would cope. We know that the priority will be for you to get back on your feet. We will work with you to identify the early warning signs that happened just before you became unwell. We then can use these signs to draw up a plan to support you in staying well and giving advice on what you can do to help yourself and who to contact if you feel unwell again.
Leaving the EI Team
Most people will only have one episode of Psychosis, but some may have a number of less severe episodes. A small minority may have ongoing difficulties.
If, after 3 years of work with the EI Team, there is still a need for support from mental health services, we will arrange a meeting to discuss the sources of support after leaving the EI Team. This may include being discharged back to your GP or referral to a Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) or the rehabilitation service. Whatever is decided will be done with your full consultation and at a pace that meets you needs.