This statement was launched in London at an event organised by the World Health Organisation and the Department of Health to mark World Mental Health Day 2008.
Who developed this? A meeting convened in London in June 2008, with representatives from Australia, the USA, Canada and the UK interested in vocational intervention in early psychosis from either a research, clinical or policy point of view. From this meeting a larger group has developed an international consensus statement about vocational recovery in first episode psychosis.
An issue of rights? The statement is a basic statement of the rights of young people with psychosis to pursue employment, education and training, the evidence which exists about interventions to help them do this, and ways in which individuals, organisations and governments can assist the attainment of these ends. What we hope will happen It is hoped that this statement will increase the focus on the area of functional recovery in early psychosis and bring it to be seen as being equally important as symptomatic recovery in the approach to treating early psychosis.