Early Intervention in Psychosis

We work with people aged between 14 and 35 who have started showing signs of psychosis.

The Early Intervention in Psychosis Service provides specialist treatment and care for people between 14-35 years who have signs of psychosis.

We will make an appointment for you to meet us in order to assess your symptoms and needs.

Following this the team will create a plan of care with you and your family in order to decide on the best possible treatment. We are also able to provide information on psychosis as well as support in taking up employment, education and volunteering opportunities in your local area.

We will be here to offer ongoing treatment and care to support your recovery for up to three years. We also organise carers groups to provide information and support for carers of individuals with psychosis.

To find out more information about the Early Intervention in Psychosis Service and to find help and advice for young people, people seeking help and family and friends, visit our dedicated website: www.sabp.nhs.uk/eiip

About psychosis

Psychosis refers to a group of mental disorders in which some loss of contact with reality has occurred. The person may have difficulties knowing what is real and what is not.

Every year over 200,000 people in Britain receive help for psychosis. Around 3 people in every 100 experience psychosis at some stage in their lives making it more common than diabetes.

Psychosis usually affects people in their teens or early adult years. Anyone can develop psychosis and it affects people from all backgrounds equally. The majority of people recover in less than six months with ongoing treatment and support. Early treatment increases the chance of a full recovery.

Quick facts

  • Psychosis usually affects people in their teens or early adult years
  • Anyone can develop psychosis and it affects people from all backgrounds equally
  • Psychosis is more common than diabetes
  • Psychosis can be treated effectively
  • The majority of people recover in less than six months with ongoing treatment and support
  • Early treatment can increase the chance of a full recovery

Early signs

The early signs can sometimes be vague but you might experience some of the following:

  • Changes in sleep or eating patterns
  • Mood swings and increased anxiety or low mood
  • Thinking everything is about or related to you
  • Loss of energy and feeling withdrawn
  • Thoughts being faster or slower
  • Thoughts being put in your head or disappearing
  • Thoughts being spoken aloud
  • Hearing, smelling and seeing things that other people do not.

Referring to us

We take referrals from all sources including family and friends, GPs, social workers and teachers.

Contact us

If you are concerned about yourself or someone else please call us for an informal chat about how we can help.

Please contact your nearest team during office hours, Monday – Friday between 9am and 5pm:

West Surrey and North East Hampshire & Surrey Heath

Main base:
First Floor,
The Base,
St Peter’s Hospital,
Guildford Road,
Chertsey KT16 0PZ
Tel: 01932 723343

Satellite base
Aldershot Centre for Health,
Hospital Hill,
Aldershot GU11 1AY
Tel: 01932 723343

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East and Mid Surrey

Farmside
West Park
Epsom KT19 8PB
Tel: 01372 206262

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In an emergency (outside office hours) you can contact:

Mental health crisis helpline

Tel: 0300 456 83 42
SMS: 07717 98 90 24

Please note if you email us..

If you email us at: contact-eiip@sabp.nhs.uk it may take us up to 5 working days to respond. If you need more immediate assistance, please call your GP or the 24 hour Crisis Line on 0300 456 83 42. In an emergency, please call emergency services on 999.

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