The high-profile, tragic incidents that have dominated our news coverage lately have caused us all to once again reflect on how we can provide better care for those with mental illness.

Obviously, there's no single approach that will fix everything and prevent all illness or violence. However, we do know that there are a lot of ways we can design care to have a positive impact. One of the most significant things we can do to is to start treatment as early as possible -- and one of the most compelling tools available to us is early intervention, which can slow or prevent the onset of serious mental illness

With early intervention, we can help kids change the trajectory of illness and radically change the course of their lives. With early treatment, kids can often avoid the losses that come with serious mental illness. They can learn how to keep their health, hopes and lives intact. This is important beyond measure.

We know that a lot of our customers are working right now to enrich their crisis and prevention services, as well as be responsive to their communities in the wake of these tragedies. Our goal in this month's newsletter is to offer a little hope and information, not only for you, but for the people you serve. 

To that end, we've curated a post filled with Early Intervention Resources. In addition:

For the kids, parents and communities you serve

Early intervention only works if we can reach people early. That means that kids and families need to know what signs and symptoms to look for and feel safe talking about the things that are happening to them, especially when things don't seem quite right. 

  • Shareable Video: This video features a client and her family at our Ventura Early Intervention & Prevention Services (VIPS) program. They wanted to let people know that there is hope -- and to encourage kids and families to get the treatment and support they need. The video is unbranded, so you can share it on your websites, your blogs or via social media if you feel it would be useful in your community. 
  • Shareable "Early Warning Signs" Presentation: 
    We've also created a SlideShare presentation called, "Early Intervention: Changing Lives, Saving Lives." The amazing staff at our VIPS program use the information in this presentation to help educate kids, families, teachers, counselors, and many other people in their communications about early warning signs so kids can start getting help early. This presentation can also be shared on your websites, blogs or social media if you would like to make it available.

For you

Telecare has operated the VIPS program in partnership with Ventura County since 2010. The program is based on Dr. William McFarlane's research-backed Portland Identification and Early Referral (PIER) model, and was the first program in California to be certified by the PIER Training Institute.

  • VIPS Outcomes: If you happen to be evaluating different early intervention approaches, we thought it might be helpful for you to have some real-life details and results from the VIPS PIER model program, including outcomes, staffing, services, etc. We're also happy to talk with you personally if you'd like to dig into the details further. 
  • Early Intervention Resources: We've also curated an additional PIERS-related and early intervention resources post as a jumping-off point for deeper exploration. 

This month's newsletter also includes:

If there's anything you need or would like more information about, please contact me any time and let me know.

All the best,
Faith Richie, SVP of Development, Telecare Corporation