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Early Psychosis Intervention (EPI) Program

‘Psychosis’ is a medical condition. It is a serious but treatable brain disorder. Men and women from all backgrounds can experience psychosis. For some, loss of contact with reality occurs, making it difficult to know what is real and what is not. There are many different signs and symptoms. Not every person will have the same experience. This program serves adolescents and young adults (ages 16 to 35 years) experiencing their first episode of psychosis, to better understand, manage and resolve psychosis. Family participation is encouraged. Early intervention is the key to recovery.

Self-referrals are accepted as well as referrals from the community, family doctors and nurse practitioners, mental health professionals and family members.
 

  • We are a team of mental health professionals who focus on helping you work towards your personal goals and get your life back on track.
  • Our goal is to provide you and your family with the skills and information you need to get back on your feet.
  • You will learn strategies that will help you to set goals and work towards them. You will learn coping strategies that will help you manage your symptoms.
  • We use assessment tools to make sure you get the care you need when you need it.
 

Primary Clinician

  • Your “go-to” person
  • Helps to manage your care (for example, appointments with doctors or other clinicians)
  • Can help you with housing, finances and crisis intervention

Individual Resiliency Training (IRT) Clinician

  • Works with you on meaningful goals
  • Works with you to build a social support network and identify community resources that will support your recovery

Psychiatrist

  • Provides assessment, diagnosis, and treatment 


Supported Education and Employment Clinician (SEE)

  • Provides support and tips to help you get back to work/school or stay at work/school


Family Education Clinician (FE)

  • Works with your family and provides them with information and skills to best support you through this experience

Director/Coordinator

  • Manages and supports the program
    Seeks to improve the quality of the services we deliver
 

Your care team will meet with you regularly to:

  • make sure your symptoms are well managed and
  • help you learn the skills needed to help you reach your goals.

Appointments maybe with your whole team or one-on-one with a team member. Your appointments may be in the office, in your home, or in the community (by telephone, face to face or video).

 

We ask you to attend your treatment sessions with all members of your team. These sessions are important to promote and maintain your recovery. The Early Psychosis team will work with your family physician or nurse practitioner. If you do not have a primary care provider, we will help you find one.

 

  • We will follow you for as long as needed, up to 3 years.
  • Graduation plans are personalized and based on what is clinically indicated for you.
  • Your graduation will be planned ahead of time. Your EPI team will involve you, your family (if consenting), your primary care provider, and any other community services that you need.
 

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and are not able to contact your EPI clinician, please call Crisis Intervention Program at 705-675-4760 or attend in person at 127 Cedar Street, Sudbury (8:30 am to 10:00 pm), or go to the nearest Hospital Emergency Department.

 
Contact Us
Address

Health Sciences North
127 Cedar Street
Sudbury, ON, P3E 1A9

Phone: 705-523-4988 ext 4242