The people we help are young people who are experiencing the following symptoms:
Individuals that would not be seen in the CHR service include those experiencing:
New referrals can be faxed to Access CAMH at 416 979-6815 using the CAMH referral form or the electronic form
If the CHR service cannot best meet the needs of the patient, the service will provide recommendations for other clinical services.
After an assessment, the clinic will work with the patient to develop a care plan and may offer the following:
The CHR Service is dedicated to the early identification and treatment of people aged 16 to 29 who are at risk of developing psychosis. We try to identify and treat early signs of psychosis as early as possible.
Psychosis happens when a person loses contact with reality and cannot tell the difference between what is real and what is not. Psychosis usually appears in a person’s late teens or early twenties. About three out of every 100 people will have a psychotic episode in their lifetime.
Mental and emotional changes are early signs that someone could be at risk for psychosis. These changes usually happen before more serious symptoms develop.
Mental and emotional problems are often like physical problems; the sooner they are treated, the better. In the past, it was common to delay active treatment until clear signs of psychosis appeared. However, the longer these early symptoms are left untreated, the greater the disruptions to the person’s ability to study, work, make friends, and interact comfortably with others.
People who have a family member with psychosis and are now experiencing their own difficulty with functioning may be at risk of developing psychosis and are encouraged to have their family doctor submit a referral.
For information about our Early Intervention Service for First Episode Psychosis, click here.
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