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# Falling Through The Cracks

This year
The Explainer x Noteworthy: Are young people with psychosis getting the help they need?
Poor investment in psychosis services 'destroying lives', but Ireland can change this
On World Schizophrenia Day, the HSE’s clinic lead in this area says “year-to-year” rather than longer term funding is one of their biggest challenges.
No new funding has been granted for early intervention in psychosis (EIP) services since 2022
Dr Karen O'Connor said it's "critically important" people who experience psychosis get timely access to care, but they "tend to come very late to treatment"
The delay young people experience when trying to access services is "destroying our kids' lives", one mother told us
Psychosis team in Cork sees significant decrease in number of people using drugs and alcohol
It’s hoped that the RISE model can be replicated by other psychosis teams around the country.
'I'm going through a lot of scary stuff': 11-year-old boy with psychosis and his parents plead for help
The young boy has struggled to access certain services despite the efforts of his parents and healthcare workers.
Children and adolescents with complex needs often struggle to get access to services due to confusion over which health team is best placed to intervene
During a recent episode, a young boy in Dublin attempted to take his own life
The boy's parents believe if their son had received early intervention years ago, his condition would not have deteriorated to this point
'Demons were following me': Call to make HHC illegal after users experience psychotic episodes
HHC, a semisynthetic cannabinoid derived from CBD, is widely available in Ireland.
There are growing concerns that HHC is triggering psychotic episodes in certain people
HHC vapes are widely available online, and in vape and CBD shops
"I was seeing and hearing things that weren't there. I was being followed around by demons," one man told us
It could take over 60 years to set up enough early intervention psychosis teams, TD warns
'My son is not there anymore': How young people with psychosis are falling through the cracks
The earlier a person’s symptoms are treated, the better the outcome – but many people with psychosis or schizophrenia struggle to get access to care.
Karin Kenny believes her son Kielan's life would be very different if he had received early intervention for psychosis
He was previously in school but now needs full-time care and experiences weeks-long psychotic episodes
A new series by The Journal and Noteworthy will explore access to services for young people who experience psychosis
Last year
Nobody under 18 has access to early intervention psychosis services