When a young person has a psychotic episode for the first time it can be a traumatic experience for him or her as well as for their loved ones. The time it takes to identify and treat psychosis is critical to the long-term outlook for the person concerned. The good news is that MIFWA’s Early Intervention Recovery Program (EIRP) targets young people at this critically early stage.
The EIRP is distinctive from other types of mental health services as it works with a specific age group, at a specific point in time, centred to each participant's individual needs.
What the EIRP offers
The EIRP is intended for young people, aged 18-35 years, who have been diagnosed with first episode psychosis. The six-month program aims to support participants to re-establish or maintain social, professional and educational networks. Rehabilitation, independent living skills and recreation are all addressed.
The program's content includes, but is not limited to:
- Psychosocial support
- Interdependent living support
- Employment and educational support
- Managing a budget
- Identifying and using community facilities and services
- Recreation programs
- Art and music
- Stress management and relaxation
- Other activities catered to the interest of participants at a given time
Mental health professionals such as psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, occupational therapists, social workers, registered mental health nurses and GPs often refer participants. Self referrals are also considered, you can download the referral form here.
The We HEAR WA Project
We HEAR WA is an online community message board for people who experience unusual perceptions such as auditory or visual hallucinations. The primary aims of this project are to promote connection, understanding and recovery within the voice hearing community. We HEAR WA makes these goals more accessible than ever before, as participants can log in any time from the comfort of their own homes, or anywhere else with internet access, using a computer, laptop or smart device.
The website features online forums, live chatrooms and an online resource centre to help partcipants build a supportive network of peers, develop an understanding of their past and present experiences, and learn skills to live an improved quality of life. The signup process is easy and participants are completely anonymous, identified only by a screen name.