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Early Psychosis Intervention Team (EPIT)

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Description

Early Psychosis Intervention Team (EPIT) is a mental health service for young adults aged 16 to 30 years old.  

Our team support people living within the Counties Manukau region who are experiencing psychotic symptoms for the first time. We offer a youth friendly and engaging assessment process for those who might be experiencing early signs of psychosis. 

We are part of the services provided by Whirinaki Child, Family and Youth Mental Health.

What Is Psychosis?
The word psychosis describes a set of symptoms that are far more common than you might think. The best way to describe psychosis is that it's like losing touch with reality. Some early signs of psychosis include:

  • Losing that spark for the things you like to do
  • Not wanting spend as much time with your friends or family
  • Feeling grumpy or down
  • Feeling scared or suspicious
  • Feeling confused or more stressed than usual
  • Finding it hard to concentrate at school or work
  • Having weird or bizarre thoughts in your head
  • Hearing or seeing things that other people can’t
  • Looking good taking more effort than usual
  • Behaving in a way that seems unusual or out of character
  • Having uncontrolled anger

If you are noticing this sort of thing happening to you or you have a family member experiencing this come and talk to us. We might be able to help!

Who Are We?
Our team includes experienced mental health professionals:

  • Consultant Psychiatrist & Registrar
  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Registered Nurses
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Social Worker
  • Cultural Advisor

How Do We Help?
We work with a team approach, offering assistance from the different health professionals in the team to suit your needs.

Treatment options are tailored to meet individual needs and include medication, education about symptoms, psychological therapy, family meetings, support with practical issues such as benefits, linking with organisations who can assist with housing, and assistance with education and work.

EPIT also works alongside primary healthcare providers, and other community based mental health services to provide general and specialist knowledge and/or supervision in early psychosis intervention.

For more information see our service brochure

Need Immediate Help?

If you are having suicidal thoughts, or are worried about someone, there is help available. For more information please visit the Mental Health Foundation - In Crisis?, or in case of emergency call 111.

Hours

Monday to Friday: 8am - 5pm

Referral Expectations

For all referrals to our service please contact Intake and Acute Assessment through the Counties Manukau Health Adult Mental Health website. A person from the Intake and Acute Assessment team may contact you and your family to discuss your needs.

Once we have received your referral we will contact you to arrange an appointment. We see clients on-site as well as at a number of satellite clinics, GP clinics, community venues or at home.

We welcome and encourage the involvement and participation of your family or other important people to appointments.

If English is your second language we can arrange an interpreter, please let us know before your first appointment. Maaori or Pacific Island cultural support is also available.

If you wish to discuss the referral process please contact Intake and Acute Assessment on (09) 261 3700

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Charges

There is no cost for our service.

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Parking

There is plenty of free visitor parking on site at Whirinaki.

Contact Details

Whirinaki

South Auckland

For urgent, after-hours support  please contact (09) 265 4000. If you need immediate help call 111.

Please contact the team by phone as we are unable to reliably cater for unscheduled visits to the team office.

7 Springs Road
East Tamaki
Auckland

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7 Springs Road
East Tamaki
Auckland

Postal Address

Early Psychosis Intervention Team (EPIT)
Whirinaki
PO Box 217198
Botany Junction
Auckland 2164

This page was last updated at 1:09PM on February 13, 2017. This information is reviewed and edited by Early Psychosis Intervention Team (EPIT).