hYEPP North Perth leading the way in functional recovery
Functional Recovery is an important element in a young person’s recovery from experiencing early psychosis. Between the ages of 12 and 25 years is a period of significant developmental change when young people are individuating, developing social roles and relationships, completing education and beginning vocational paths. The onset of early psychosis can affect a young person’s developmental trajectory and may have long-term, adverse effects on their functioning in these areas. Interventions in functional recovery not only support the young person’s day to day functioning but also to approach the future with hope and optimism.
Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health held the Let’s Get Functional: Australian Early Psychosis Services Symposium in Melbourne on May 7 & 8, shining a light on the work, research and thoughts for the future of early psychosis in Australia. headspace Youth Early Psychosis Program (hYEPP) in Perth were not only fortunate enough to have staff attend, but had numerous staff and family members selected to speak at the esteemed international event.
hYEPP was strongly represented on the symposium program, a reflection of the integral, innovative work being done in Perth. Alongside international speakers, Robyn, mother of a young person accessing hYEPP services, gave a heartfelt and inspiring opening plenary key note address of insights into the family experience of the process of early psychosis recovery. hYEPP’s carer representative additionally shared her reflections of caring for a child with early psychosis on the symposium’s closing panel, imparting moving wisdom and hope to the audience. Our carer representative, Operations Manager, Nicole, and Peer Support Worker, Giverne, co-chaired concurrent sessions whilst Andrew presented on hYEPP’s unique and evolving Family Peer Support Program; Practice Nurse Louise talked about the importance of a team approach to physical health in early psychosis and the innovative Practice Clinic model at hYEPP Perth; and our experienced IPS specialist Katie showcased hYEPP’s innovative education support program.
Nikki from Youth Focus and Dr Michael Wright of Curtin University also gave a powerful presentation on their collaborative project working with local Nyoongar Elders and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to better respond to the young people’s needs.
hYEPP’s presentations were very well received, and excitingly more of hYEPP’s evidence based research and service provision will be showcased at the World Congress of Psychiatry Conference in Lisbon, August 2019!