The First Episode Psychosis Clinic is designed to meet the
needs of young people experiencing early signs 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 management 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 lifetime. Psychosis is
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
How to access services at the First Episode Psychosis
- Services are available to individuals 16 – 45.
- Individuals MUST reside within the catchment area (Humber River,
Don River, Lakeshore and Eglinton Avenue).
- Self-referrals are accepted or have your family doctor or
psychiatrist complete the CAMH referral form and fax it to Access CAMH at (416)
For more information on clinic services call 416-535-8501,
Location: 7th floor, College Street site, 250 College Street, Toronto,