The study aims to inform a theory of mental health recovery following a first episode of psychosis, as well as provide opportunities to enhance services and for people accessing mental health service during a First Episode of Psychosis (FEP).

This research provides an opportunity to better understand how people navigate and aim to rebuild aspects of their life following FEP. It aims to gather narratives from service users who have experienced a FEP and helps to inform mental health recovery theory to better support participants and their families.

Moreover, it seeks to identify if concepts of recovery remain consistent and relevant for people with a mental illness, in particular for people who have lived with a diagnosed illness following a first episode of psychosis.

The research aims to offer strategies for service providers to improve services and programs for greater service provision and developments for people experiencing a first episode of psychosis. 


Target sample for the research will include people who meet the following criteria:

  • 18 years and over
  • Experienced a First Episode of Psychosis (FEP)
  • Accessed any level of mental health services
  • Connected to treatment or support services
  • Able and willing to participate in the interview process 

Register your interest 

For additional information or if you would like to be involved, please contact:
Ali Ghafoor: or 0413 265 508. 

This study has been approved by The University of Queensland Human Research Ethics Committee [Approval No.2021/HE001306]