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The following factors will influence overall success of your efforts. If your community does not have a tradition of assisting youth with difficulties or has limited services you may find that you are trying to change a culture or set of attitudes that may appear entrenched. However, there are allies in every community including youth themselves who can assist in taking one small step towards showing the value of early intervention and collaborative mental health planning. Fortunately the message that you are trying to help prevent the traumatic implications of serious mental illness is usually well received.

Goal setting

  • Gather the necessary facts and figures regarding youth in your community (the likely number of young people at risk of psychosis in your area, hospital admissions, demographics on child and youth population)
  • Find out the history of this issue. Has the change been sought in the organization before? If so, what happened? What lasting effect resulted?
  • The early intervention approach has been successful in other communities and countries. What can be learned from that? How can you use this information to garner support for clients and program?

Involve Clients

  • Appreciate the benefits of client involvement.

If clients can easily see how the proposed service affects them, they can be a tremendous asset in educating others and evaluating the program. Clients can be involved in every stage of the planning if there is sufficient personal support for their participation.

  • Promote client empowerment.

Involving clients can have a positive outcome for the community through education but more importantly the individuals involved gain a sense of self-efficacy and empowerment.

Sharing Information

  • Research.

Providing evidence of recent research findings on the impact of early intervention can help in persuading people. Evidence of the positive outcomes associated with early treatment, involvement of families and appropriate pharmacological options is strong.

  • Clinical guidelines.

Making the clinical guidelines and/or standards available to managers and decision makers is helpful in showing your need for support to educate and gain partners in the detection of psychosis. Passing the clinical guidelines on to other partners in care (e.g., family physicians) is helpful in ensuring that optimal care is provided by all involved.

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