Hospitals & Services
The Mental Health Education and Resource Centre A no-cost service to the general public with accurate, up-to-date information on a wide range of mental health issues. For those living in Christchurch you can loan books and videos.
Mind Your Head is a multimedia resource designed to inform young people and families, experiencing a first episode psychosis, about psychosis, recovery and interaction with mental health services. It includes an 18 minute DVD film, featuring 4 young adults discussing their experiences of psychosis and recovery
Family Matters DVD with four stories from families of distress, determination and recovery
Australian and New Zealand Schizophrenia treatment guide for consumers and carers.
Coping with Schizophrenia – a guide for families By Kim T Mueser & Susan Gingerich
Straight talk about mental illness: with emphasis on schizophrenia By Robert Miller
Surviving Schizophrenia; 4th Edition By E. Fuller Torrey
Living well with Schizophrenia- a book full of great ideas for people with schizophrenia By Sandra Miller, Walter Culture, Mark Cruikshank & Maxie Aston
The Quiet Room By Lori Schiller & Amanda Bennett
The Way Home – Susie's Story (video- available to borrow from Totara House)
"The Secret of the Brain Chip: a self help guide for people experiencing psychosis", by De Hert, Magiels & Thys (2003). Available from Janssen-Cilag.
We would also recommend information sheets produced by FADE. In particular, "Drugs the brain and your mental health", is an excellent resource that our clients find useful. An order form can be obtained via their website.
The 'Secret Life of the Brain'- This site includes much of the content of the PBS television special the Secret Life of the Brain. The graphics for the action of dopamine and the anatomy of the brain are excellent. Also talks about the impact of drugs on the brain.
Bipolar Disorder: A Guide for Patients and Families (2004)
Schizophrenia: A Guide for Patients and Families(1999)
EPPIC. (2001). Case management in early psychosis: a handbook. Melbourne: EPPIC. A book we use for all our new staff at Totara House, which is available from EPPIC (ORYGEN Youth Health).
Orygen Youth Health. (2004). The acute phase of early psychosis: a handbook on management. Melbourne: Orygen Research Centre. available from Orygen Research Centre
Early Intervention in Psychosis. A Guide to Concepts, Evidence and Interventions. Edited by Max Birchwood, David Fowler and Chris Jackson. (2000), Wiley Series in Clinical Psychology: Wiley and Sons Ltd.
Early Intervention for psychosis in New Zealand: What Works? -The purpose of this report is to describe early intervention services in New Zealand, describe the key elements of Early Intervention in New Zealand, and provide a means of evaluating these services so that clinical practice can be guided by evidence rather than faith. The report contains a description of most early intervention for psychosis services in New Zealand along with contact details. Hard copies are available from the Health Research Council of New Zealand.
Article on Early Intervention for Psychosis in New Zealand from the New Zealand Medical Journal
The Early Diagnosis and Management of Psychosis: a booklet for General Practitioners
Early Psychosis Declaration: An International Consensus Statement about Early Intervention and Recovery for Young People with Early Psychosis. (.pdf document. 284 KBs)
The home page of the World Health Organization Guide to Mental Health in Primary Care - a guide designed to help primary care clinicians help people suffering from mental ill health.
The Early Psychosis Care Guide provides an overview of practices believed to be optimal in treating and assessing early psychosis.
Online Psychiatry Journals
The website of the New Zealand Early Intervention in Psychosis Executive Committee
First episode psychosis service at St Lukes Community Mental Health Centre in Auckland.
Ministry of Youth Development: Find out about the policies, programmes, legislation and services that concern young people in New Zealand.
Mindnz A great new resource about psychosis for New Zealanders
http://www.Headspace.org.nz New Zealand site containing information for young people.
http://www.trippin.co.nz Another New Zealand site containing information for young people
Youthline "Our vision is that one-day all young people will be supported to reach their potential and be able to reach help if needed on the Youth Help Line." We're a crew of over 800 people scattered throughout New Zealand who are trained to support young people as they make their way through the challenges of today.
Medsafe A website listing information about medications for both consumers and clinicians.
Like Minds, Like Mine is a public health funded project to reduce the stigma of mental illness and the discrimination that people with experience of mental illness face everyday in the community.
Schizophrenia Fellowship (NZ) Inc. "People with serious mental illness are not ill in isolation. Their families, extended whanau, and significant others … cannot escape being affected. The lives of people with serious mental illness are inextricably linked with the lives of those they love and care for, and those who love and care about them …" - Mental Health Commission
Schizophrenia Fellowship (NZ) Inc. recognises and aligns with the above statement and is committed to supporting families and whanau. They have a range of books and information sheets available.
The New Zealand Early Intervention website
Fraser South Early Psychosis Intervention (EPI) Program website in Canada. The title says it all really! Psychosis Sucks.
Get Help Early - This website was developed by Canadian first-episode psychosis youth and parents with the help of dedicated family members who donated their talent, expertise and experience to create a partnership-based early psychosis resource
Rethink An overview of the concept of early intervention for psychosis.
Early Psychosis Australia
EPPIC the 'spiritual home' of early intervention for psychosis
The IRIS Initiative is the United Kingdom guidelines for what is required in an early intervention service.
The Prevention and Early Intervention Program for Psychoses (PEPP) is a Canadian early intervention for psychosis service with some useful resources available.
Website of the Swiss Early Psychosis Project
http://www.mentalhealth.com/ general guide to mental health issues.
Mental health information from the Institute of Psychiatry, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and Rethink.
Reality Check -Australian site with good information on youth mental health
Ian Chovil's Homepage experience of schizophrenia over the past thirty-three years, with a description of the illness, and its treatment.
www.world-schizophrenia.org- World Fellowship for Schizophrenia and Allied Disorders includes information for families and stigma
Here to Help -This interactive toolkit will help people who already know that they have a mental disorders develop skills to manage their illness on their own.
Speak UP UK initiative developed specifically to improve mental health services for people aged 16-25
MedlinePlus This database of health information comes from the world's largest medical library, the US National Library of Medicine.
The National Institutes of Health An A to Z index of NIH health resource, clinical trials, MedlinePlus and health hotlines.
DISCERN is a brief questionnaire which provides users with a valid and reliable way of assessing the quality of written information on treatment choices for a health problem.
The Royal College of Psychiatry provides a list of comprehensive resources on mental health problems. Click on 'mental health info' on the home page.
The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry site aims to assist parents and families to understand developmental, behavioural, emotional and mental disorders affecting children and young people.
The Mental Health Branch of the Australian Commonwealth Department of Health and Family Services provides Mental health publications on a range of topics.
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