Early Intervention

Early Intervention

Early intervention – or getting diagnosed and treated when the symptoms start – can make a world of difference for young people experiencing mental health conditions such as schizophrenia, and their families. Research shows that when psychotic illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are treated early, people often have better outcomes and a faster recovery. This is true for all mental health conditions: the key to early intervention is being able to identify the symptoms when they begin, and get the support needed as quickly as possible.

Importance of community support

We  know that people with mental illness are best supported in communities in which they live, work and study – that’s what recovery is truly about.  Families are often the first line of support for an individual living with mental illness. The goal of early intervention is to reduce treatment delays and optimize chances for recovery. 

Where to get help

For information on early intervention or to speak to a counselor, contact Ask the Expert at or 1-855-449-9949 Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST.

Learn more about schizophrenia and psychosis.