Early intervention in psychosis

Our Derbyshire Early Intervention in Psychosis Service (DEIPS) is for people aged 14 to 64 who experience psychosis for the first time. Some health professionals may refer to this as your ‘first episode’.

Getting help straight away will give you a higher chance of getting better. Several ‘interventions’, or forms of treatment and support, have shown considerable benefit if provided early enough.

The support offered by the team may include:
  • Help with improving ways to cope with worries and stress
  • Support with learning ways to manage distressing symptoms
  • Assistance with recognising symptoms early
  • Support and advice for family members and carers 
  • Discussion and negotiation around the need for medication
  • Support with accessing education, training, or returning to a working environment
  • Support with social activity
  • Housing and benefit advice and assistance.

These are some of the ways the team may support you to keep well.

Psychosis is a condition that can affect any one of us. Currently about two or three people in every hundred experience this condition. Stress plays a major part in triggering symptoms of psychosis. Adolescence and early adult life is a particularly difficult period for all of us and if we are vulnerable to psychosis, symptoms can be triggered during this phase.

Symptoms of psychosis can include:
  • Muddled thinking
  • Feeling suspicious of others
  • Hearing, feeling or seeing things that others cannot
  • Feeling isolated and unhappy
  • Feeling especially overactive
  • Racing thoughts.

These and other symptoms can be experienced, and they have to occur for a specific length of time to indicate psychosis.

A meeting will be arranged at a place and time convenient to you. At the first meeting, we aim to get a clear understanding of what difficulties you are experiencing and what you feel would help you most.

If the service is right for you, a specific worker will be allocated to support you. They will begin to work with you on deciding which areas of your life they would like support with. A person can have the support of the team for up to three years.

The team will work with you in a way that makes the best use of all resources and services available in the community.

View the psychosis page on the NHS website or download our DEIPS leaflet.

The charity Rethink also produces a useful early intervention in psychosis factsheet.

Our Early Intervention Service is made up of two teams:

Derby City and South Derbyshire Early Intervention Service

St Andrews House, 201 London Road, Derby, DE1 2TZ 

Tel: 0300 123 3239

North Derbyshire Early Intervention Service

Bayheath House, Rose Hill West, Chesterfield S40 1JF 

Tel: 0300 123 4451

Both teams operate from 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday.

If you require any resources in different languages, have a visual or hearing impairment or any other requirement to enable to you access information, please let the team know and they will be happy to help.

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