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Mental Health Concern

Newcastle Early Intervention in Psychosis

Who is the service for?

We support young people in Newcastle who have been diagnosed with their first episode of psychosis, who may also have issues related to drugs and alcohol.

Young people experiencing psychosis can often be at greater risk of becoming dependent on families, being socially excluded, or becoming homeless. We help our tenants to live independent lives, manage their symptoms, and move towards recovery by developing skills for living well in the community.

What we do and how we help

We provide tenancy and support to young people; we care about the whole person, so we focus on physical health as well as mental wellbeing. Our tenants are involved in training, education, and employment, and we encourage them to move on to greater independence within two years.

We have four self-contained flats with specialist daily support provided by registered mental health nurses and community support staff.

We aim to reduce the levels of intervention required from:

  • inpatient/A&E/crisis services
  • drug and alcohol services
  • police
  • youth offending teams
  • debt management
  • homelessness service

This service is provided by Mental Health Concern and the Early Intervention in Psychosis Team from Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust.

Download a report about our EIP service and its effectiveness: EIP report (PDF, 186kB).

How do I refer to the service?

To be referred to this service, the young person must:

  • be referred from Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust’s Early Intervention in Pyschosis team
  • be experiencing/has recently experienced a first episode in psychosis
  • be 18-30 years-old

A young person will be given priority if they are currently hospitalized, are in 24-hour care, are homeless, or are at risk of these.

Accommodation rental is charged to the tenant and is often covered by housing benefit. Support costs are covered by a combination of Newcastle Clinical Commissioning Group and Newcastle City Council’s Adult Services.

To refer to this service, please use the Newcastle City Council’s Gateway System. For support or training required to use this system, please contact the Active Inclusion Team on 0191 277 1707.

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