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Complex Mental Illness Centre for Addiction
and Mental Health

First Episode Psychosis Clinic

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 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.

How to access services at the First Episode Psychosis Clinic:

  • 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) 979-6815.

For more information on clinic services call 416-535-8501, ext. 34841.

Location: 7th floor, College Street site, 250 College Street, Toronto, Ontario

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