Authors: The New Zealand Early Intervention in Psychosis Society Incorporated Auckland, New Zealand
Event: 2007 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: NZ
Award level: Winner
Award category: Specialist Service or Part of a Larger Service
Abstract: Mind Your Head is a resource designed to provide information to young people and families experiencing a first episode of psychosis. The resource includes a music CD donated by high profile New Zealand musicians, a DVD short film featuring 4 young adults with experience of psychosis and a booklet incorporated into the cover of the unit. The project developed when staff and clients of the Wellington Early Intervention Service saw the need for a high quality resource to inform young people about psychosis and recovery. A large number of very diverse groups became involved in the project resulting in this very unique and useful resource. Mind Your Head is now a nationally funded project and continues to be available to all newly diagnosed young people and families across New Zealand. Evaluation has involved sending questionnaires to clients, families and clinicians with a very positive response from all groups surveyed Description of Facility/Organisation: Mind Your Head was developed by staff and clients of the Wellington Early Intervention Service, Capital and Coast District Health Board. The service provides early intervention for young people and families experiencing a first episode of psychosis. They are a multi-disciplinary team and service the greater Wellington region (population 400,000). Staff include Nurses, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Consumer Employment Consultant, Kai Manaaki (Maori Mental Health Workers), Social Workers and administration staff. The total team size is 20 staff. (16 FTE). The New Zealand Early Intervention in Psychosis Society Incorporated is a national organization whose purpose is to provide leadership and expertise to support first episode psychosis best practice. The society is made up of annually elected early intervention for psychosis health professionals, family and client representatives. The Society provides ongoing financial administration, analysis of evaluative data and oversight of future developments for the of the Mind Your Head project.