The international conference on prevention and early intervention in psychosis held on May 27 and 28, 2013 at the Douglas Institute was covered in a series of articles in the media. Journalist Charlie Fidelman from The Gazette gave a good explanation of how the early intervention program works and who benefits from it.
A young man regains control of his life
In an article entitled, “Early intervention key to success with mental illness” the journalist met with Mathieu Quintal, a former patient of the Prevention and Early Intervention Program for Psychosis (PEPP-Montréal) at the Douglas Institute. This 26-year-old documentary filmmaker talked about his experiences with psychosis, his reticence in accepting help, his treatment at PEPP-Montréal, and his return to a normal and satisfying life.
Adapting care to young people
For a second article called “Neglecting youth with mental illness costs billions”, Ms. Fidelman talked with Dr. Patrick McGorry, a specialist in early intervention who works with young people in Australia. Dr. McGorry transformed how mental health care is provided to young Australians. The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) consulted him to create a research network on health care for young people.