TIPS - early detection and treatment of psychosis

TIPS aims to detect and treat serious mental disorders as early as possible. The main goal is to shorten the time it takes from people developing possible psychosis symptoms until treatment begins. 

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TIPS is a team consisting of psychologists, psychiatrists, and psychiatric nurses aiming to detect and treat psychosis and at risk mental states as early as possible. One key component in this work concerns DUP- the Duration of Untreated Psychosis  (DUP). DUP is a robust indicator of prognosis-enhancing clinical practice. This means that the shorter the DUP, the better the prognosis. 

You can reach TIPS all work-days between eight am and three om calling us at 51515959 if you are worried about your own or somebody else’s mental health. We can give advice or make an appointment for assessment. No referral needed. 

TIPS also offer extensive teaching activities, information, and research. We collaborate  closely with the wards and outpatient clinics in mental health care at Stavanger University Hospital, providing access to in- or outpatient treatment where needed. 


The TIPS Centre for Clinical Psychosis Research focuses on research on early intervention in psychosis and clinical risk states. We invest the knowledge that we gain in improved clinical care for persons struggling with psychotic or psychosis-like symptoms. We are an integral part of mental health care at Stavanger University Hospital.​

Research publications​

Main tasks

  • Early detection of psychosis through information and awareness campaigns and a low-threshold detection team. A referral from GP is not needed.
  • Information and awareness outreach work like education in schools, GP’s, first line health care and more)
  • Early identification and assessment of psychotic symptoms
  • Early detection of clinical high risk for psychosis states
  • Early identification and assessment of clinical high risk states
  • Surveillance of the incidence of psychosis in our catchment area
  • Clinical assessment trainings for mental health care staff
  • Support and advice on clinical assessments in mental health care
  • Follow-up assessments of symptoms, quality of life and daily functioning of persons with psychosis or clinical high risk states included in research
  • Family psychoeducation in psychosis and clinical high risk states (multi- and single family groups)
  • Collaboration with national and international partners in treatment improvement 
  • Service user co-research group collaboration on research projects
  • Collaboration with the School- and JobPrescritption project (Skole- og jobbresept) for IPS vocational and educational rehabilitation
  • Research

Laboratory functions​

  • Local biobank at Stavanger University Hospital
  • Collaboration with the biobank at Oslo University Hospital
  • Collaboration with the MRI-department


  • TIPS2: Five-year follow-up study of psychosis and substance-induced psychosis. The project started in 2007, and is still active. The project studies symptom development, treatment response and satisfaction with treatment, quality of life, daily, social and occupational functioning, substance use, depression and suicidality.
  • TIPS 20+ year follow-up: Long-term follow-up of the original TIPS participants included 1997-2000. The project studies medical morbidity, physical health, genetic and immunological factors, suicidality, recovery, satisfaction with treatment, cognitive function and neuropsychology.
  • POP Clinical High Risk study 1: 7-year follow-up of persons struggling with psychosis-like symptoms. The project studies predictors of course and outcome, functioning and quality of life, resilience and recovery/remission.
  • POP 2: Early detection of persons struggling with clinical high-risk symptoms. The project studies early detection strategies and risk simulation in our catchment area.
  • The implementation of Norwegian clinical guidelines for the assessment and treatment of psychosis. Part of a national multi-site cluster randomized study.
  • COPE: Persons struggling with severe mental illness and their carers/families under the COVID-lockdown. The project studies the effect of a pandemic on mental health, care burden and consequences reduced service availability during lockdown. Collaborator on project is Oslo University Hospital (TIPS Sør-Øst).
  • Virtual Reality Assisted CBT for paranoid and paranoia-like symptoms in high school students. THe project is a collaboration with Haukeland University Hospital and King’s College London, UK.
  • Psychological trauma and developmental trajectories towards psychosis. How do we think about and operationalize trauma? What are the developmental consequences and their interaction with a vulnerability for psychological and psychiatric symptoms?


Our national partners include clinical research environments in Stavanger, Oslo, Bergen and Tromsø. TIPS also has a number of international partners, including the Orygen Center of Excellence in Youth Mental Health in Australia, the Yale and Harvard Universities in the United States, and Kings College in the United Kingdom.

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