West Berkshire Council

About the EHA

The Emotional Health Academy (EHA) is West Berkshire's early intervention emotional health service

The service opened in April 2016 and works alongside services in the public and voluntary sector, including GPs and schools, to strengthen wellbeing and resilience in West Berkshire children, young people and families.

Our goal is to support children and young people as early as possible and to stop emotional health problems from getting worse, through signposting and providing services to address the individual's needs. It's not designed to replace existing Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), but to work alongside them.

We support children and young people aged zero to 18.

We draw on funding from the council, Clinical Commissioning Groups, public health and schools.

What is emotional health?

It's a broad term for dealing with feelings and emotions. There are common signs of poor emotional health. These are anxiety and stress, feeling irritable, sad or low most of the time, not feeling motivated, attention and concentration problems, or self-harm. There can be problems with friendships and relationships, self-image, or a significant life event such as the loss of someone close. Emotional health also deals with wellbeing, living a meaningful and fulfilling life, and reaching your potential. Many people experience poor emotional health at some point in their life, with 1 in 4 people experiencing a mental health problem in any given year (WHO, 2017). However, how this can affect a person's life is very personal. As such, we believe in providing support and care that is tailored and responsive to your needs. We also believe in supporting the development of strengths, character and resilience.

Our different services

The Emotional Health Academy offers a variety of services:

  • our universal, free service to children and young people in West Berkshire through our multi-agency triage, which is the front door to many different support services
  • West Berkshire Schools Traded offer - where schools can purchase the services of one of Emotional Health Workers to work in their school with children and young people with emotional difficulties
  • outside of West Berkshire Schools Traded Offer - where schools can purchase the services of one of Emotional Health Workers to work in their school with children and young people with emotional difficulties
  • Emotional Health Academy Clinic - where parents can purchase specific support for their child or young person from the EHA, this is accessible for parents residing in West Berkshire and out of area
  • consultancy services to Clinical Commissioning Groups and councils around setting up their own EHA