Right now there is a long lag time between when families and friends see the emerging symptoms of a mental illness and when they can get help. We wait until the person has a psychiatric emergency. This is wrong. We could save money and lives by allowing crisis teams to respond when symptoms first emerge and engage the person in voluntary treatment. We respond when someone has chest pain - we don't wait for the heart attack. ...more »
We do too little too late. When a young adult experiences a serious mental illness (such as their first psychotic episode) we need to provide intensive services to keep the trajectory of their life going in the right direction. This means intensive treatment, education about their illness, help with employment/education, peer suppor and therapy. Families need education and support as well.