Early Psychosis Intervention Program
Psychosis is a condition that affects someone’s ability to determine what is real or not. Early diagnosis and treatment in psychosis is very important, do not be afraid to ask for help for yourself or for someone you know.
Who is the EPI program for?
The Early Psychosis Intervention program works with individuals who are between the ages of 13 and 30 and:
- have noticed some unusual changes in thinking, behaviour, social isolation, and/or feelings of suspiciousness, depression or anxiety
- have a family history of psychotic disorder and are experiencing a recent decline in function at school, work or home
- If in doubt, call and ask at one of the program intake numbers below
What services do we provide?
Our Early Psychosis Intervention (EPI) team is a specialized health care service that provides the best assistance available to young people (13–30) who have recently developed psychosis. The team provides and coordinates all aspects of assessment and treatment based on the Ministry of Health’s Provincial Standards and Guidelines in Early Psychosis Intervention. This comprehensive and supportive service is provided in the community that the client and family live.
The EPI team includes a psychiatrist, a community clinician, and other team members that support recovery including: group and family therapist, substance use counsellor, occupational and/or vocational therapist, youth care worker, psychologist, educator, dietitian and others. Services offered include:
- Medication and other symptom management strategies
- Education about symptoms and treatments, delivered individually and in groups
- Relapse prevention planning and strategies
- Support, coping and stress management
- Family education and support
- Assistance with referring to other support needs such as education, work, housing substance/drug use
Get more details about the assessment and treatment process.
How do I access these services?
A referral can be made by anybody, including you, friends, family, schools, family doctor or hospital. You can simply call the direct intake number in the location nearest you. The EPI intake clinician will speak with you over the phone and together make a plan to have your concerns addressed.
Abbotsford, Agassiz, Chilliwack, Hope and Mission
Burnaby, Maple Ridge, New Westminster, Tri-Cities
Delta, Langley, Surrey, White Rock
Are you in crisis? Click here to get help now.
EPI is not a crisis service (hours are Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) but we do work closely with the crisis services in the Fraser region.