Early psychosis… how can I help? The role of general practitioners in early intervention

By David Shiers, Musa Sami Saqib Latif, Sagnik Bhattacharyya. The provision of early intervention in psychosis by community-based mental health services has transformed the experiences and outlook of people with emerging psychosis and their families. However, timely access to these services hinges on identification and referral by practitioners working in non-specialist service settings such as primary care and hospital accident units.  Early identification of psychosis and referral behavi...
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Latin America gets together for Early Intervention

Early Intervention in Psychosis
By Drs. Ary Gadelha, Graccielle Cunha and Rodrigo Bressan. The first Latin-American symposium focusing on early intervention and prevention in psychiatry was held on September 22nd and 23rd, 2017. Hosted in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the symposium was the largest such event ever held in Latin America, with over 300 attendees participating in a series of oral presentations and round-table discussions over the two days. The following is a recap of the event. Day one commenced with the presentation o...
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Japanese Society for Early Intervention and Prevention in Psychiatry

By Masafumi Mizuno. The 21st Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Early Intervention and Prevention in Psychiatry (JSEIP) was held in Naha City, Okinawa on the 9th and 10th of December, 2017. Professor Masafumi Mizuno, a past president of IEPA - Early Intervention in Mental Health; was one of 150 participants that attended. Below he provides reflections and highlights from this important meeting. In 1996 the first meeting of JSEIP was, coincidently, also held in Okinawa with Professo...
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Identifying brain mechanisms associated with suicidal behaviours through the HOPES consortium

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By Dr. Lianne Schmaal. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year olds globally. More young people die by suicide than from cancer, cardiovascular diseases, AIDS, birth defects, respiratory infections and diseases, and interpersonal violence. Little is known about factors that make youth vulnerable to suicide. The HOPES team (Help Overcome and Prevent the Emergence of Suicide) is a new collaboration between the universities of Cambridge, Melbourne, Yale, Harvard and Oregon,...
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AVATAR therapy for early treatment of auditory hallucinations

By Professor Tom Craig and Dr Mar Rus-Calafell. A new study just published in Lancet Psychiatry details results from “AVATAR therapy”. AVATAR therapy is a new virtual-reality based therapy for auditory hallucinations that may provide a promising future method to reduce the frequency and severity of auditory hallucinations early. Many people with psychosis experience auditory verbal hallucinations (voices). These are usually very threatening and frightening and may continue despite treatmen...
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A new IDEA for identifying depression early in adolescence

By Dr. Valeria Mondelli. Improving young people’s mental health across the world is the aim and vision of a new project launched by a team of experienced researchers earlier this year. IDEA - Identifying Depression Early In Adolescence – started from very simple but important observations: every young person around the world deserves quick and easy access to mental health care, but nine out of 10 adolescents with depression live in a country without readily available youth mental health se...
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Ensuring Inclusive Early Intervention for LGBTQ+ youth

By Fae Johnstone, Social Work Student, Carleton University.   Fae Johnstone (referred to as she or they) is a queer nonbinary young person with a passion for youth engagement, mental health, and anti-oppression. Recently, they delivered a keynote address on Queer and Trans Inclusion in Youth Mental Health at the International Association for Youth Mental Health Conference: Future-Proofing Youth Mental Health. Following the conference, IEPA asked Fae to share some “take home message...
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Pioneering new interdisciplinary approaches in Birmingham

By Matthew Broome. Matthew Broome is Professor of Psychiatry and Youth Mental Health, and Director of the newly-established Institute for Mental Health at the University of Birmingham. Here, Professor Broome describes the Institute’s interdisciplinary approach, with a focus on youth mental health and early intervention. The University of Birmingham has a very strong history of mental health research and innovation, with the West Midlands being one of the leaders in Early Intervention i...
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Personal stories of psychosis from MAPNET

psychosis from MAPNET
By Larry Seidman. Unexpectedly and far too young, Larry died on September 7th, 2017. His scientific, clinical and humanitarian legacy is enormous; it is no surprise Larry laid firm foundations for an important and exciting conference in Boston, October 7-10, 2018. Before his passing, Larry wrote this reflection on the Second Annual Massachusetts Mental Health Center Conference, highlighting the role of USA's growing national effort to develop evidence-based first episode psychosis service...
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Google’s new role in Early Intervention

By Sarah Hetrick. Depressive disorders affect up to 25% of young people by the age of 18 and account for the greatest global burden of disease in young people[1]. Despite this, many young people do not seek help.  It’s true that in Australia we have seen an increased focus on youth mental health [2-4]. We have also seen a doubling in the rate at which young people seek mental health treatment [5, 6]. Nevertheless, there are still large numbers of young people who are not receiving any treatme...
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