Dublin & East Treatment & Early Care Team (DETECT)
DETECT is a specialist mental health service for people aged 18 and over living in the HSE CHO 6 area (Dublin South East, Dun Laoghaire and Wicklow) who have been experiencing unusual or strange experiences which they find distressing. They may be having difficulty recognising what is real and what is not real. These kinds of experiences are known as psychosis and can include some of the following symptoms:
- seeing or hearing things that other people can’t see or hear
- believing that certain songs or tv programmes are specifically directed towards them or communicating a special hidden message
- feeling that people are ‘out to get them’
- feeling confused, that their thoughts are racing and finding it difficult to keep on track
These symptoms can seem so real that they may not realise that they are experiencing psychosis. Psychosis, however, is a treatable condition that many people recover from if they seek help early.How to connect with this service →
with: Hearing Voices/Seeing Things
Age range: 18+
Time: Once we receive the referral from the community mental health team we usually try to arrange an assessment as promptly as possible.
Do I need my parents permission if I'm under 18?: yes
How can you help me?
Our role is to help you recover from the psychological distress you have been experiencing. The service works alongside your community mental health team to provide a comprehensive assessment. The assessment is usually carried out in the out-patient unit, in hospital or in the DETECT office in Blackrock. It sometimes takes a number of meetings of about 90 minutes each where a doctor, nurse or other mental health professional asks important questions about symptoms and everyday life to find out what type of problem, if any, you may be experiencing. Our families often know us best and we usually talk with them to learn how you have been both physically and mentally over the last few months and years.
If after the DETECT assessment you are diagnosed with psychosis for the first time, we will offer you and your family the following interventions: group cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for you, a family education and support group for your family, called the DETECT Information & Support Course (DISC); as well as a healthy lifestyle programme called Choices4Health.
How do I connect with your service?
As with any physical or mental illness your GP is usually the first point of contact and will be able to assess your symptoms. After your GP’s assessment s/he may refer you on to your local community mental health service. Your community mental health team will request a DETECT assessment as part of their overall clinical assessment if they think it is appropriate for you.
How have your services changed due to Coronavirus?
We are still providing services using telephone and video calls to carry out assessments, and we are still taking new clients