Early Intervention

Early intervention refers to getting help early for people showing the early signs and symptoms of a mental health problem and people developing and experiencing a first episode of mental illness.

Recent research indicates that early intervention and treatment dramatically impact the course of mental illness and that many people can go on to live normal and productive lives with appropriate treatment.

Early intervention can help individuals get better more quickly and prevent problems from becoming worse.

Benefits of early intervention

Benefits of early intervention for someone experiencing a mental illness may include:

  • lower risk of relapse
  • reduced vocational/developmental disruption
  • less stressful assessment and treatment
  • reduced need for hospitalization
  • reduced family disruption and distress
  • improved recovery and better attitudes to treatment
  • reduced risk of suicide