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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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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Is early intervention research stuck in its psychosis prediction paradigm?

By Peter B. Jones, IEPA President. As President, my aim is to grow our organisation, IEPA Early Intervention in Mental Health, in four ways. These are reflected in our name and include: Broadening our influence on mental health beyond psychosis Making IEPA even more international Strengthening the contribution of consumers to our evidence-based approach Improving our communication and reach In this post, I address how we might broaden the influence of early intervention, look...
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First Latin-American Symposium on Prevention in Psychiatry

First Latin-American Symposium on Prevention in Psychiatry
By Ary Gadelha and Rodrigo Bressan. The first Latin-American Symposium on Prevention in Psychiatry is on 22-23 Sept in São Paulo, Brazil. This is the first symposium in Latin America focused on early intervention and prevention in psychiatry. The conference will be an important opportunity to put together researchers, clinicians, policy makers, and patients from several countries in Latin America and abroad. The opening session will be conducted by Dr. Lucia Valmaggia, elected President...
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