Authors: Andrea Morton, VIC
Event: 2006 TheMHS Conference
Subject: EARLY INTERVENTION STRATEGIES,RECOVERY / REHABILITATION
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The onset of mental illness for young people often disrupts key areas of life including education, employment, social networks and self esteem. Barwon Health’s- Early intervention Service (EIS) recognised this and thus have developed three groups with different aims to assist young people aged 16-25 following an episode of mental illness. These groups are MOTiV8 a social recreation group, 4Kast a consumer advisory committee and Mind Body Life group a healthy lifestyle program. Despite all three programs being relatively new they have shown significant benefits for participants as well as client / case manger relationships.
The Barwon Health Early Intervention Service (EIS) is a mental health service targeting young people aged 16-25 with first episode psychosis, or those considered to have an “at risk” mental state for psychosis. Our program began in August 2004, and is innovative, flexible and youth-specific, spanning the whole Barwon Region with the objective of providing phase-specific treatment to young people with psychosis (and their families) this may include a referral to any of the group based programs, Motiv8, 4KaST or Mind-Body- life.