Meaningful lives: supporting young people with psychosis in education, training and employment: an international consensus statement
Article first published online: 12 AUG 2010
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Early Intervention in Psychiatry
Volume 4, Issue 4, pages 323–326, November 2010
How to Cite
The International First Episode Vocational Recovery (iFEVR) Group (2010), Meaningful lives: supporting young people with psychosis in education, training and employment: an international consensus statement. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 4: 323–326. doi: 10.1111/j.1751-7893.2010.00200.x
- Issue published online: 26 OCT 2010
- Article first published online: 12 AUG 2010
- Received 31 March 2009; accepted 6 June 2010
- early psychosis;
- functional recovery;
- vocational recovery
Aim: Unemployment is the major disability faced by people with psychotic illness. Unemployment rates of 75–95% are found among those with schizophrenia. Unemployment is associated with poorer social and economic inclusion, greater symptomatology, decreased autonomy and generally poorer life functioning. Unemployment also makes up over half of the total costs associated with psychotic illness.
Methods: A meeting was convened in London in June 2008. Invitees to this meeting included people from the USA, Canada and the UK interested in vocational intervention in early psychosis from either a research, clinical, economic or policy point of view. From this meeting a larger group – the International First Episode Vocational Recovery (iFEVR) group – has developed an international consensus statement about vocational recovery in first episode psychosis.
Results: The document is a basic statement of the rights of young people with psychosis to pursue employment, education and training; the evidence which exists to help them do this; and ways in which individuals, organizations and governments can assist the attainment of these ends.
Conclusion: It is hoped that the Meaningful Lives consensus statement will increase the focus on the area of functional recovery and lift it to be seen in parallel with symptomatic recovery in the approach to treating early psychosis.