If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis or is considering suicide, help is available. Reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact Crisis Text Line by texting PA to 741741.
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Identifying and efficiently treating early symptoms of psychosis can delay or prevent the onset of chronic, disabling long-term illness. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), which launched the RAISE (Recovery after Initial Schizophrenia Episode) studies in 2008, early treatment reduces the burden to both the individual and society at large, fundamentally altering the trajectory and prognosis of psychotic disorders.
Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) for first episode psychosis (FEP) is a team-based approach that encourages the individual experiencing early psychosis to share in decisions about treatment and recovery goals. RAISE evaluated the implementation and effectiveness of the CSC model in community settings and found the CSC model was economical and more effective than usual care, particularly when intervention is received closer to the onset of psychotic symptoms.Read More +
Psychotherapy Talk therapy to help build personal skills of resiliency, management, and coping.
Supported Employment & Education Assistance with continuing to engage in or adjust to school and work goals while receiving care.
Medication Management If necessary, finding the best medication at the lowest possible dose.
Peer Support Guidance from those currently on their own recovery paths.
Case Management Skills and support to organize the practical issues presented during treatment. This includes communication with other team members.
Family Support and Education Tools designed to keep family members engaged and informed.
If you are a clinician trying to find First Episode Psychosis care we can help. In response to promising research, Congress has recognized the importance of early intervention in serious mental illness and provides federal funds through the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant (MHBG) Program for grant recipients to provide and monitor implementation of community-based mental health services, which has helped to expand First Episode Psychosis programs and training. While more funding and resources are needed, HeadsUp can connect you to the growing number of high-quality services that currently exist in Pennsylvania and around the United States.
First Episode Psychosis (FEP) centers are not always conveniently located to the people who need them. This may be particularly true for individuals in rural communities.Read More +
If you are working with a client who may be experiencing early psychosis we are here to help connect you to information regarding online/telehealth resources.
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91% Decrease in number of participant hospitalizations
91% Decrease in average of hospital days
School Enrollment increased by 85% in those over 18
82% decrease in individuals attempting suicide
76% decrease in homelessness
*at 24 month follow-up