Early Psychosis Intervention

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Victoria Early Psychosis Intervention (EPI) Program 

Early Intervention Works.  

Psychosis can happen to anyone. It can feel overwhelming. We can Help. Our services are for individuals with psychosis and their families. For many people, the first episode is also their last. Treatment is most effective when started as soon as possible. 

Who are “We”?

Our multidisciplinary team includes psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, psychologists, occupational therapists, counsellors, and peer supporters. We are experienced in supporting people with first episode psychosis. We aim to promote health, reduce social isolation, enhance positive coping skills, and support you to do what is important to you. 

What do we do?

We provide assessments, medical treatment of psychosis, emotional support illness education, practical support with finances, housing, work and school, opportunities to gain skills and relapse prevention strategies. We provide groups and one on one service on site and in the community. Together we can develop a plan to assist you in your recovery journey and assist you for up to 3 years.  

Who is EPI for?

EPI is for individuals experiencing their first episode of psychosis and are between 13-35 years old and we provide family support. We bridge across youth and adult services and between hospital and community. 

How do I access EPI service?

Anyone in the community may refer to EPI, including self-referrals from youth and young adults, or referrals from family or friends.  If you have a concern about yourself or someone you know, you can contact us.

  • Call the EPI referral line: 250-519-1936 to speak with a member of our team. 
  • Fax a referral: 250-370-8199                              
  • You can also see your family physician, nurse practitioner, or walk-in doctor and ask for a referral to the EPI service.

Referral Form

For more information: 

If you wonder if the EPI Program may be right for you or someone else please call to speak with a clinician who will assess the situation and offer support.

We also offer Community Education: 

If you would like us to provide ae educational presentation to your health service, community organization or school, please call us directly on the referral line. 

Other helpful sites include:

Cannabis & Psychosis – Exploring the Link (cannabisandpsychosis.ca)

General Information on Early Psychosis Intervention

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Not required

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