New Website Delivers Province-wide Support for
Youth and Families Affected by Psychosis
On October 22, the B.C. EPI Advanced Practice Program (EPI APP) Team proudly launched the earlypsychosis.ca website as part of its commitment to deliver comprehensive, consistent and high quality Early Psychosis Intervention (EPI) services across B.C.
A collaboration between Fraser Health, Vancouver Coastal Health, Northern Health and Island Health, earlypsychosis.ca brings together and replaces the psychosissucks.ca (Fraser Health) and hopevancouver.com (Vancouver Coastal Health) websites. The result is a comprehensive website that provides information resources, support and a sense of “community” for individuals and families touched by psychosis, no matter where they live in B.C. Each year in B.C., approximately 950 people between the ages of 13-29 years of age will develop a first episode of psychosis.
In creating earlypsychosis.ca, the website project team engaged youth and families with lived experience and clinicians to help name the new website, guide its visual design and to identify key information needs and content organization.
The site is geared toward young people who are curious about psychosis or wonder what’s going on for them, those who have already been diagnosed, and family members and community partners (such as school counselors or family physicians). Its three main entry points – curious about psychosis, getting help and already diagnosed – lead to comprehensive information shared within a tone of realistic hope, strength and personal resiliency. Quotes and stories from EPI clients and their families support messages about the positive outcomes of early treatment and that you can recover.
By encouraging and assisting teens and young adults to seek early assessment and treatment of psychosis while supporting them and their families, young people can have a better outcome and families a better experience. As EPI services’ components are implemented across the province, more youth will be able to be helped in their own communities, more quickly and more effectively. Earlypsychosis.ca is a great start in tying together services across our province.
EPI is a specialized approach to providing services to young people when they are first affected by psychosis. It is oriented toward the early recognition of psychosis and the provision of timely, comprehensive treatments that are appropriate to the age of the person and the stage of psychosis.
A new EPI logo was developed to reflect the collaboration and new site. The website is being promoted through posters designed for youth and third parties (e.g. families, community partners); the concepts were developed by youth with lived experience.
The EPI APP, an ongoing collaboration amongst B.C. regional Health Authorities, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Children and Family Development, and other service providers, facilitates uptake of best practices in EPI throughout the province, provides clinical training and assists in program evaluation. Partners involved in the earlypsychosis.ca website include Fraser Health, Vancouver Coastal Health, Northern Health, and Island Health.
Please take a few minutes to check out: www.earlypsychosis.ca
For more information, please contact:
In Fraser Health: Karen Tee at Karen.Tee@fraserhealth.ca
In Vancouver Coastal Health: Laura Hansen at Laura.Hansen@vch.ca
In Northern Health: Mary Morrison at Mary.Morrison@northernhealth.ca
In Island Health: John Braun at John.Braun@viha.ca