Early intervention services

Our Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) Service provides community-based support to people aged 14 to 65 years old who are experiencing their first episode of psychosis. Early intervention means getting help quickly for unusual, distressing experiences in order to start your recovery as soon as possible and to reduce the chances of problems coming back.

What is Psychosis?

Psychosis is a mental health difficulty which can cause symptoms such as paranoia (e.g. thinking that things on the TV, radio or newspapers are about you), thinking that people can control or read your thoughts, having experiences of hearing, seeing, feeling, smelling or tasting things that other people don’t, feeling out of touch with reality, having confusing thoughts or getting your words muddled.

Episodes of psychosis can be very short (up to a week) or can last longer. Psychosis can happen to anyone and like any other illness it can be treated. Most people will make a full recovery and the earlier someone gets help the more quickly and effectively the treatment can begin. 

Who are we? 

We have six teams across Sussex: two in East Sussex, one in Brighton & Hove and three in West Sussex. 

If you are concerned that you or someone you know might be experiencing psychosis and want some advice, please call your local EIP team using the contact details provided. You can also self-refer to our service.

How to access the service

We accept self-referrals, and referrals from GPs and mental health professionals.