Impact of Mental Health Services on Resilience in Youth with First Episode Psychosis: A Qualitative Study

Original Article


The purpose of this qualitative study is to understand how mental health and related services support and hinder resilience in young people diagnosed with first-episode psychosis. Seventeen youth between the ages of 18–24 were recruited and 31 in-depth interviews were conducted. Findings illustrated that informational and meaning making, instrumental, and emotional supports were experienced positively (i.e., resilience-enhancing); whereas services with ghettoizing, engulfing, regulating, and out of tune practices were experienced negatively (i.e., resilience-hindering). These results demonstrate how various types of service-related practices influence resilience in youth and can inform future planning of services for psychosis.


Mental health services Resilience Well-being Service engagement Youth mental health 



The first author was partially supported by a Doctoral Scholarship Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research while conducting this research. The third author is supported by the Canada Research Chair Program. This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Lal
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • M. Ungar
    • 4
  • A. Malla
    • 3
    • 5
  • C. Leggo
    • 6
  • M. Suto
    • 7
  1. 1.School of RehabilitationUniversity of MontrealMontrealCanada
  2. 2.University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM)MontrealCanada
  3. 3.Douglas Mental Health University InstituteMontrealCanada
  4. 4.School of Social WorkDalhousie UniversityHalifaxCanada
  5. 5.Department of PsychiatryMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada
  6. 6.Department of Language and Literacy Education, Faculty of EducationUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  7. 7.Department of Occupational Science and Occupational TherapyUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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