West Berkshire Council

About the Emotional Health Academy

Helping children, young people and families find support for emotional well-being earlier, faster and more easily

Emotional Health Academy Logo
Emotional Health Academy Logo

The Emotional Health Academy is a new initiative that's part of the Building Communities Together project. 

It's not a building, but the name for a network of qualified psychology graduates. These professionals work with young people and families to provide early, quick, responsive support. They also work closely with schools, GPs, children's centres, the police and other organisations.

What is Emotional Health?

It's a broad term for dealing with feelings and emotions positively.  There are common signs of poor emotional health. These are anxiety and stress, feeling sad or low most of the time, not feeling motivated, attention and concentration problems, or self-harm. You could also have problems with friendships and relationships, the loss of someone close, or weight and body image. Poor emotional health is very personal and you could well be experiencing difficulties that are different or unique.

Why is the Emotional Health Academy being started?

Many of the existing ways to get help with issues around emotional health are under pressure, and services are understandably slow to respond as a result. The Emotional Health Academy helps to join people up with the things they need more quickly and at an earlier stage, before problems get worse. It's not designed to replace existing Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), but to work alongside them.

The kind of help they can give includes:

  • One to one support

  • Group sessions

  • Arranging specific types of therapy

The graduates are supervised by educational and clinical psychologists to make sure that the help they're giving is appropriate. They also get ongoing support to learn on-the-job skills to help tackle problems with emotional health.

Next steps

Our emotional health workers are already in schools across West Berkshire.
We held a big emotional health event in June 2016 where you had the chance to talk to us about the work we're doing and to be a part of future developments. 

How can you get involved?

We'd love you to talk about the Emotional Health Academy with your child's school and in your community.
If you run a service that provides some of this help already, let us know - we can work with you to make sure we don't overlap and that we work together in the best way possible.

Getting help

If you're a young person (aged between 11 and 19), and in need of help, get in touch with us using our online form.

If you're a parent, guardian, teacher or professional with concerns about a young person with emerging emotional health issues, please visit our referrals webpage.