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Welcome to the MINDMAP Website

Hi, I’m Vinod Srihari, a psychiatrist and Director of MindMap and the Program for Specialized Treatment Early in Psychosis (STEP). I’d like to welcome you to the MindMap website.

Here you can learn more about the signs and symptoms of psychosis, see what treatment looks like and why it works, and find out how you can get treatment for yourself or someone you care about.

At MindMap, we're committed to building a clear path to mental health. We want to do this by improving the understanding of psychosis so we can get people who need help to treatment as soon as possible.

If you’re worried that you might be suffering from psychosis or are concerned for a friend or loved one, I want to let you know right now MindMap is here to help.

It’s important to understand there are safe and effective treatments for psychosis and that recovery is possible. I’ll talk about treatment in a moment, but first, let me answer a common question…

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“These mental illnesses usually strike young people between the ages of 18 and 25.”

Early Treatment Saves Minds

The most important thing is to get help as soon as possible. The sooner you reach out and talk to a mental health professional, the sooner you will be able to…

We're Here to Talk

If you already have a therapist, school counselor, or doctor you’re comfortable speaking with, reach out to them today. If you don’t, or you would rather take the quickest route to care, you can contact us at MindMap directly.

We're here to answer your questions and direct you to local care. If you’re eligible, we can schedule an appointment for you to come in and talk to someone at the STEP within the week. I’ll give you the phone number and email address you can use to contact someone here at MindMap, but before I do, I want to explain a little more about our program and the treatment you can receive.

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All MINDMAP TREATMENT IS…

Local – we're right here in New Haven and serve 10 local towns

Effective –proven treatments are safe and highly successful

Free – we want to make sure that anyone with psychosis is able to get the care they need without worrying about cost

MINDMAP AVAILABILITY BASED ON AGE AND HOMETOWN

If you are eligible, MindMap provides direct access to free, local, and effective treatment with the caring and highly trained staff at STEP. If you are not eligible, we ensure you are connected to effective care in your community.

The STEP PROGRAM, based in New Haven at the Connecticut Mental Health Center, is a collaboration of the Yale University Department of Psychiatry and the Connecticut Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services.

MYTH #1:

TREATMENT DOESN’T WORK

Treatment is effective. The sooner treatment is started, the better the recovery.

MYTH #2:

TREATMENT IS SCARY AND PAINFUL

Don’t believe the frightening things you see in movies. Treatment is safe and comfortable.

MYTH #3:

TREATMENT MEANS BEING LOCKED IN A HOSPITAL

Early treatment often happens in an office. The patient comes in for treatment and then goes back to their daily routine.

Call MindMap at (203) 589-0388

The quickest and clearest path to mental health is to pick up the phone and call this number to speak directly with a friendly member of the MindMap staff.

If we're unable to take your call, please leave a (totally confidential) message with your name and phone number. We promise to get back to you within one business day.

If you’d prefer to text instead, that’s great. Just text “MINDMAP” to (203) 589-0388.

Or email help@mindmapct.org.

I know that mental illness, and even the idea of getting treatment itself, can seem scary, but I want you to know that…

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“At MindMap, we're committed to building a clear path to mental health. We want to do this by improving the understanding of psychosis so we can get people who need help to treatment as soon as possible.”

What Is Psychosis?

Psychosis is a term for a collection of symptoms marking the onset of various mental illnesses. These mental illnesses usually strike young people between the ages of 18 and 25.

Symptoms of Psychosis Include:

In combination, hallucinations and disordered thinking can severely disrupt perception, thinking, emotion, and behavior.

These symptoms can be scary both for the person suffering and for their friends and family. It's common for friends and family to feel there is something wrong with their loved one and that the person “isn’t acting like themselves.”

WHAT ARE THE COMMON SYMPTOMS OF PSYCHOSIS?

HALLUCINATIONS

seeing, smelling, tasting, and
feeling things that aren’t there

DELUSIONS

believing things that aren’t true,
are impossible, or are paranoid

THOUGHT DISORDER

trouble putting thoughts in order
or keeping track of usual tasks

LACK OF INSIGHT

limited awareness of symptoms

In combination, hallucinations and disordered thinking can severely disrupt perception, thinking, emotion, and behavior.

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Not sure about symptoms? Take the MindCheck quiz at mindmapct.org.

“If you already have a therapist, school counselor, or doctor you’re comfortable speaking with, reach out to them today.“

Psychosis Can Be Scary but
Treatment Doesn’t Have to Be

I understand psychosis can be scary, but I want you to know that treatment doesn’t have to be. In fact, modern psychosis treatment is...

WHO DO WE TREAT?

We treat people who have recently begun experiencing symptoms of psychosis (< 3 years), are between the ages of 16 and 35, and live in the following towns:

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If in doubt about
eligibility,just call us.
LOCAL - EFFECTIVE - FREE

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www.mindmapct.org
(203) 589-0388

HOW TO CONTACT MINDMAP

MindMap is committed to providing a clear path to mental health. If you...

"If you are eligible, MindMap provides direct access to free, local, and effective treatment with the caring and highly trained staff at STEP. If you are not eligible, we ensure you are connected to effective care in your community. "

Just give us a call or text (203) 589-0388

No Excuses

And most importantly…

we’re here to help

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Help Is Just a Phone Call Away

Psychosis can make you feel like things are out of control. This is your chance to take control of your mind and your life.

Please go ahead and call (203) 589-0388 today. I look forward to hearing from you.

To your mental health,
Dr. Vinod Srihari
MindMap Director

P.S. A lot of people ask for more information on what our treatment looks like and includes. To make it as simple and straightforward as possible, we've created the Clear Path Map graphic below. If you look at the map and decide you're interested in learning more about our free, local, and effective treatment, just give us a call at (203) 589-0388.

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