The Mindmap campaign is expanding statewide across Connecticut!

The Mindmap campaign aims to increase awareness of psychosis and shorten delays to care for individuals early in the course of a psychotic illness. The campaign has shown previous success within the Greater New Haven area, decreasing the Duration of Untreated Psychosis (DUP) by half. We are eager to bring the campaign statewide and help more individuals get the care they need.

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Now Accepting Calls!

The Mindmap campaign is brought to you by the STEP Learning Collaborative, a public-academic collaboration between the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and Yale’s Program for Specialized Treatment Early in Psychosis (STEP).

Our goal is to get people experiencing psychosis for the first time into treatment as soon as possible. We are currently working with Local Mental Health Authorities (LMHAs) statewide to accept and provide mental health services to every individual who qualifies.

3 out of every 100 people will experience psychosis in their lifetimes


What does psychosis look like?

Experiences of psychosis develop due to interactions between one’s genes and environment. Psychosis can present differently for each individual, however at the core involves difficulty distinguishing reality from internal experience (what’s real from what’s not real). You’ll likely start noticing symptoms for the first time between ages 16 and 35.

Since 3 out of every 100 people will experience psychosis in their lifetimes, it benefits everyone who works with or lives with a young person to be aware of the signs and symptoms. If you or someone you know is experiencing any of the following, they may benefit from seeking treatment as soon as possible.


Seeing things that others don’t


Hearing things that others don’t


Feeling suspicious or paranoid


Belief in special powers or abilities


Confused thinking or speech


Withdrawing from friends and family


Recognizing patterns or signs in random occurrences


Extreme behaviors in response to these things that seem very real

Treatment Works

Psychosis is treatable, and it is widely accepted that the earlier people get help the better the outcome. With treatment, recovery in psychosis is the expectation, not the exception.

Don’t hesitate to call us today to get connected to treatment.

Who qualifies for Mindmap’s referral program?

  • Individuals must be between the ages of 16 and 35
  • Individuals must have recently experienced psychosis symptoms or episodes of psychosis
  • Individuals seeking treatment must live within the state of Connecticut

If you are unsure if you qualify, feel free to give us a call.

If an individual is experiencing psychosis but falls outside of our target geography and age range, please know that help is still available. Use the SAMHSA Treatment Locator to find an early intervention service.

What to expect:

Calls are confidential.

Callers will be asked for basic information on a secure line. Expect a call back shortly after from an Early Detection Assessment Coordinator (EDAC) who will screen for symptoms of psychosis and refer individuals to care right away.

Meet the Team

The Mindmap team is made up of STEP Program faculty & staff, affiliated with Yale School of Medicine.


Laura Yoviene Sykes, PhD


STEP Learning Collaborative
Psychologist, STEP Program
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Vinod Srihari, MD

Founder & Director

STEP Program
Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry,
Yale School of Medicine
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Nina Levine, LMSW, MPH

Program Coordinator

STEP Program
Yale School of Medicine
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Sumeyra Tayfur, PhD

EDAC Region 1

STEP Post-Doctoral Associate,
Yale School of Medicine
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Philip Markovich, BA

EDAC Region 2

STEP Outreach & Admissions Coordinator, Yale School of Medicine View Profile

Toni Gibbs-Dean, PhD

EDAC Region 3

STEP Post-Doctoral Associate,
Yale School of Medicine
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Sneha Karmani, MD

EDAC Region 4

STEP Post-Doctoral Associate,
Yale School of Medicine
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Deepa Purushothaman, PhD

EDAC Region 5

STEP Post-Doctoral Associate,
Yale School of Medicine
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