The First Episode Psychosis Clinic is designed to meet the needs of young people experiencing a first episode of psychosis.
This clinic assists individuals and their families with the initial period of recovery and adjustment, and as a result is
available for a period of up to three years.
The services offered are interdisciplinary, recovery oriented and tailored to meet the needs of each individual. They may
include assessment and monitoring of symptoms, education about psychosis, emotional support to aid in the recovery process,
medication management, and help to access other services such as employment, education, finances and housing to ensure that
client needs are addressed. We also offer family support groups.
Our goal is to identify and treat early signs of psychosis as soon as possible.
Psychosis happens when a person loses contact with reality and cannot tell the difference between what is real and what is
not. Psychosis usually appears in a person's late teens or early twenties. About three out of every 100 people will have a
psychotic episode in their lifetimes. Psychosis is treatable.
Mental and emotional problems are often like physical problems; the sooner they are treated, the better. In the past it was common to delay active treatment
until clear signs of psychosis appeared. However, the longer an illness is left untreated, the greater the disruption to the
person's ability to study, work, make friends and interact comfortably with others.
The people we help are young people who become distressed by changes in their thoughts, perceptions, and feelings. These changes may be difficult
to describe to others and often become a source of concern for young people and their families.
Referral Required: Yes. Self referrals are also welcome. See related links box for referral form.
Contact: (416) 535-8501, ext. 36234 or 6496 (Schizophrenia Intake Coordinator)
Contact: Fax: (416) 260-4197
Contact: FEPC Clinic: 416-535-8501, ext. 4841
Location: 7th floor, College Street site, 250 College Street, Toronto, Ontario