One in 33 people will experience psychosis during their lives. That’s one student out of every high school algebra class in Pennsylvania.
Psychosis is a symptom that often accompanies serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, or bipolar disorder. It involves loss of contact with reality, such as hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that others do not) or delusions (beliefs that are not based in reality).
First episodes of psychosis typically occur in teenagers and young adults between the ages of
15 and 30. Research shows that early treatment of psychosis can lessen the severity of the
illness throughout the course of someone’s life.
First Episode Psychosis programs help young people with symptoms of serious mental illness get the treatment they need to get better, get their lives on track, and pursue their life goals. Research conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) shows that, compared to typical care, people with early psychosis who receive Coordinated Specialty Care in FEP programs (CSC-FEP) experience greater improvement in their symptoms, relationships, and quality of life; are more involved in work or school; and stay in treatment longer.
In January 2019, NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania launched #BackOnTrackPA. The goal of the statewide initiative is to bring awareness to the existing FEP programs in Pennsylvania and to highlight the positive impact these programs are having on young people and their families.
Pennsylvania currently has nine FEP program sites:
Early Onset Recovery Program
On My Way
Connect 2 Empower