GRiP stands for Gloucestershire Recovery in Psychosis and we work with young people aged between 14 and 35 who are experiencing or who are at risk of experiencing a first episode of psychosis.
GRiP is sometimes called ‘the early intervention service’ and our equivalent service in Herefordshire is called just that. The support we provide can last for three to four years. We help people to recover from psychotic episodes and reduce the chance of experiencing further episodes.
Our service is made up of a team of professionals including psychiatrists, psychologists, mental health nurses, occupational therapists, health and exercise practitioners, social workers and support workers.
Psychosis affects approximately 3 in every 100 people. Anyone can suffer from it regardless of age, culture or background. Psychosis usually develops between the ages of 14 and 35 and symptoms may develop over weeks or months.
In basic terms psychosis is a significant condition of the mind, when you lose touch with reality. Typical symptoms include experiencing things that aren’t there, like seeing things, hearing voices, or believing things that aren’t true.
Psychosis can make your thinking disorganised, meaning you speak more quickly, skip from idea to idea and feel paranoid. There are a range of other symptoms you might experience such as emotional changes or a lack of emotion, difficulties coping with everyday life and loss of motivation. Recovery times vary from person to person.
Most people with a first episode of psychosis show signs of recovery fairly quickly however it can take up to 18 months and recovery is likely to be gradual. You can contact GRiP on 01452 894178.
By Gabby Cooper, Manager at Gloucestershire Recovery in Psychosis (GRiP)