Early intervention in psychosis is a strategy for which there is increasing theoretical and pragmatic justification. Many studies have been published describing the benefits of early intervention as carried out by specialised and innovative projects. The present paper describes how a generic community mental health team (CMHT), covering a population of 50 000, introduced strategies for early intervention with no extra funding. The team worked together to change old attitudes and practices. A style of intervention was developed to engage with and keep in contact with people with recent onset psychosis. This appears to be achievable – and this model may be an alternative to the setting up of specialised teams.
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