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RAISE Resources for Patients and Families

A psychotic episode can be confusing and frightening for young people and their families and friends. The Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode (RAISE) web pages offer a number of tools to help you understand the condition, treatment options, and strategies for living with psychosis. The Questions & Answers page provides information about the most common concerns.

The resources below include printable materials such as factsheets, brochures, and a glossary. You’ll also find online and telephone assistance, informative videos, and more. An asterisk (*) appears next to those resources produced by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). This list of resources is not comprehensive and does not constitute an endorsement by NIMH.

Videos

Understanding Psychosis

Treating Psychosis

  • * Treating First Episode Psychosis : Dr. John Kane discusses treating first episode psychosis using coordinated specialty care.
  • Implementing Early Treatment of Psychosis : Dr. Lisa Dixon talks about her personal interest in RAISE and about developing first episode psychosis treatment programs in communities.
  • Antipsychotics, Weight Gain, and How to Keep Kids Healthy : Dr. Christoph Correll, a professor of psychiatry at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine and an expert in pediatric schizophrenia, talks about balancing the benefits of antipsychotic medications with strategies to address their side effects. His core message is simple: encourage healthy living and always begin with the intervention that poses the smallest risk. He also describes more intensive treatments for the weight gain that often accompanies these medications.
  • Schizophrenia: Sticking with Treatment : Dr. John Kane of Zucker Hillside Hospital talks about schizophrenia, treatment options, medications and medication adherence, relapse and recovery.

Printer-Friendly Fact Sheets and Publications

National Organizations

NIMH does not endorse specific early psychosis clinics, but there are several organizations that may be able to assist you in finding a treatment program in your area. This list may not be comprehensive.

Online Resources

Phone Resources

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Information Helpline: This information and referral service can be reached at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264), Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., EST or by email at info@nami.org
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: A 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress is available at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • SAMHSA's 24-hour Referral Helpline: For substance abuse and mental health services, call 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

Additional Information about RAISE