After First-Episode Psychosis, Focus on Life, Meaning and Relationships is Essential

In a new study, service users with first-episode psychosis explored their experience of wellbeing through group discussions and art.


A new study published in the Community Mental Health Journal explores how young people in New Zealand with first-episode psychosis (FEP) experience health and well-being. The research, headed by Victoria Chinn from the Victoria University of Wellington, finds seven themes central to living well after FEP: relationships, addressing stigma, finding out who I am with psychosis, getting the basics right, collaborative healthcare, understanding psychosis, and access to resources.

The researchers used various creative and collaborative methods to engage participants in discussion around FEP, including sculpture, poetry, drawing, collage, and songs. The authors write:

“These findings deepen our understanding of how we can support young people to live well with FEP. This study highlights the value of creative methods and partnering with lived experience experts to conduct meaningful health research.”

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  1. Good article! I would joust a little over the idea of understanding psychosis. To me, psychosis is the unravelling of understanding.
    But if I were to do a creative sculpture I would do one of the Hoover Dam getting blown up because that is what is going to happen soon, in reality. And after that I would jot a paper plane poem about five small meteors going to impact our planet in the future. I would also paint the resultant global tsunami floods that will inundate communities all over the world. I would sketch a new regime emerging. I would sing of the way women are going to be the scapegoats for all of the problems faced by the world. And I might sew a beautiful quilt to depict how balance requires everyone to be equal.

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