Early Intervention Service (Bedfordshire)
This specialist service works with people aged 14-64 inclusive who are experiencing their first episode of psychosis, no matter what the cause of symptoms, whether it is drug-induced or related to a bipolar disorder or a primary psychotic illness. This intensive service is available to people with psychosis and their carers for a maximum of three years.
Psychosis is a term used to describe conditions that affect the mind, where there has been some loss of contact with reality. Hallucinations, such as hearing voices, delusions (false beliefs), paranoia and disorganised thoughts and speech are some of the symptoms that may be experienced. These symptoms can seem so real that often the person does not realise that they are experiencing psychosis. Psychosis also affects feelings and behaviour.
Twinwoods Health Resource Centre
The service offers:
- Advice, information and assessment
- An assessment period of up to three months
- Assertive outreach approach youth-friendly services, emphasising social recovery
- A comprehensive package of care for a duration of two-three years
- Cognitive behavioural therapy for hallucinations and delusions
- Family intervention
- Help with returning to work or education
- Hospital admission arranged when necessary
- Low dose neuroleptic medication
- Relapse prevention strategies
- Seeing people in their homes or other non-stigmatising settings
- Support/advice for family, carers and friends.