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First Place Clinic and Regional Resource Centre

First Place Clinic and Regional Resource Centre is an early psychosis intervention program that offers treatment and support for individuals and families who may be experiencing early psychosis. Treatment is provided by a team of mental health professionals who focus on helping individuals work towards their personal goals and get their life back on track.

First Place Clinic and Regional Resource Centre is a member of the network of Early Psychosis Intervention Programs in Ontario (EPION) that is research and evidence based care. We participate as 1 of 6 sites in EPi-Set: a project that aims to improve the delivery of early psychosis intervention care in Ontario.

We at the Clinic also support the delivery of the NAVIGATE model of care, which is an evidence based treatment program that focuses on recovery of youths and emerging adults with an early episode of psychosis. It also provides support and education to their families.

First Place Clinic Brochure (pdf)



First Place Clinic serves the following areas: the entire Northwestern Ontario region (Area coverage shaded in blue.  It is 1 of 6 Ontario Health regions.)

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How do I apply?

First Place accepts referrals from the following areas:

    *You may also pick up a hard copy referral form at the clinic, or call us to have one
emailed or faxed to you.


For more information or to make a referral please contact First Place Clinic at 807-345-0060.

Hours of Operation
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Email: [email protected]

Fax: 807-345-0030

28 Cumberland Street North,
Suite 500,
Thunder Bay, Ontario,
P7A 4K8

What Is Psychosis?

Symptoms of Psychosis

Early warning signs can include changes in feelings, thoughts and behaviors. Early warning signs vary for each individual. Common early warning signs are:

Symptoms of psychosis in the acute phase are:

How Is Psychosis Treated?

Early intervention of psychosis involves detection, sustained treatment with education and relapse prevention. Early intervention focuses on the goal of seeing the individual return to former level of functioning prior to their psychotic episode. Potential benefits of early intervention include: reduced problems at work or school, maintaining of social skills and relationships, decreased need for hospitalization, more rapid recovery, less family distress or disruption and lower risk of relapse.

Early intervention usually includes the use of low dose anti-psychotic medication to treat psychosis, education and support for both the client and family, and ongoing support for the individual that promotes hope for recovery and wellness.

Psychosis Is Treatable and Recovery Is Expected

Early psychosis intervention has been found to be so effective that the seriousness of a psychotic episode can be greatly reduced, and possibly avoided if treatment is started quickly and appropriately. The sooner intervention begins the better the results.

Psychosis does not disappear on its own. Instead, if left untreated, the condition can worsen and severely disrupt the lives of individuals and families.

If you suspect psychosis, don’t ignore it.

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