Links and Resources

Resources for care givers and other interested people

  • The Mental Health Education and Resource Centre  A no-cost service to the general public with accurate, up-to-date information on a wide range of mental health issues. For those living in Christchurch you can loan books and videos. 

  • Coping with Schizophrenia – a guide for families  By Kim T Mueser & Susan Gingerich

  • Straight talk about mental illness: with emphasis on schizophrenia  By Robert Miller

  • Surviving Schizophrenia; 4th Edition  By E. Fuller Torrey

  • Living well with Schizophrenia- a book full of great ideas for people with schizophrenia By Sandra Miller, Walter Culture, Mark Cruikshank & Maxie Aston

  • The Quiet Room  By Lori Schiller & Amanda Bennett

  • The Way Home – Susie's Story (video- available to borrow from Totara House)

  • "The Secret of the Brain Chip: a self help guide for people experiencing psychosis", by De Hert, Magiels & Thys (2003). Available from Janssen-Cilag.

  • We would also recommend information sheets produced by FADE.  In particular, "Drugs the brain and your mental health", is an excellent resource that our clients find useful. An order form can be obtained via their website.

Resources for Clinicians

  • EPPIC. (2001). Case management in early psychosis: a handbook. Melbourne: EPPIC.  A book we use for all our new staff at Totara House, which is available from EPPIC (ORYGEN Youth Health).

  • Orygen Youth Health.  (2004). The acute phase of early psychosis: a handbook on management.  Melbourne: Orygen Research Centre. available from Orygen Research Centre

  • Early Intervention in Psychosis. A Guide to Concepts, Evidence and Interventions. Edited by Max Birchwood, David Fowler and Chris Jackson. (2000), Wiley Series in Clinical Psychology: Wiley and Sons Ltd.

  • Early Intervention for psychosis in New Zealand: What Works?   -The purpose of this report is to describe early intervention services in New Zealand, describe the key elements of Early Intervention in New Zealand, and provide a means of evaluating these services so that clinical practice can be guided by evidence rather than faith. The report contains a description of most early intervention for psychosis services in New Zealand along with contact details.  Hard copies are available from the Health Research Council of New Zealand.

Useful websites

New Zealand

  • Schizophrenia Fellowship (NZ) Inc. "People with serious mental illness are not ill in isolation. Their families, extended whanau, and significant others … cannot escape being affected. The lives of people with serious mental illness are inextricably linked with the lives of those they love and care for, and those who love and care about them …" - Mental Health Commission

Schizophrenia Fellowship (NZ) Inc. recognises and aligns with the above statement and is committed to supporting families and whanau. They have a range of books and information sheets available.


General Websites about psychosis

  • Ian Chovil's Homepage experience of schizophrenia over the past thirty-three years, with a description of the illness, and its treatment.

  • World Fellowship for Schizophrenia and Allied Disorders includes information for families and stigma

General Health Websites including information on Psychosis

  • MedlinePlus  This database of health information comes from the world's largest medical library, the US National Library of Medicine.

  • The National Institutes of Health  An A to Z index of NIH health resource, clinical trials, MedlinePlus and health hotlines.

  • DISCERN is a brief questionnaire which provides users with a valid and reliable way of assessing the quality of written information on treatment choices for a health problem.

  • The Royal College of Psychiatry provides a list of comprehensive resources on mental health problems. Click on 'mental health info' on the home page.

  • The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry site aims to assist parents and families to understand developmental, behavioural, emotional and mental disorders affecting children and young people.

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