“Early intervention helps young people and families suffering from psychosis to learn coping tools and help them on their journey through life,” Health Minister Terry Lake said in a written statement. “These supports follow through on our commitment to helping those living with mental illness be fully engaged in their community and with their families.”
The site, www.earlypsychosis.ca, is said to deliver psychosis information from across the province “right to the fingertips of youth and families.”
Those who visit the site will find access to toolkits for dealing with psychosis, a family coping booklet, and information on relapse prevention and stress management to name a few.
“Downloads are available in a variety of languages including Punjabi, Urdu, Mandarin, Korean and German,” a press release from Northern Health reads. “In addition to information for families, clients and community supports like teachers and counsellors, the site also links to other mental health sites and personal stories.”
According to Northern Health, approximately 3 per cent of people will experience a psychotic episode at some stage in their life, with the first episode most commonly occurring in adolescence or early adulthood.
Northern Health goes on to explain the severity of a psychosis episode, whereas the brain has difficulty differentiating between fantasy and reality.
“The new website, putting a focus on early psychosis intervention, will be a benefit for all British Columbians to better understand the challenges experienced by those dealing with psychosis and those family members and friends supporting them,” manager of youth services and eating disorders for Northern Health, Mary Morrison said in a written statement. “We know that education is important, therefore the more public resources we have available the more people can gather creditable information.”
The site was developed by the B.C. Early Psychosis Intervention Advanced Practice Program, which is an ongoing collaboration between the Vancouver Coastal, Fraser, Island, Interior and Northern Health authorities, the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Children and Family Development, and Early Psychosis Intervention service providers throughout the province.