West Berkshire Council

Emotional Health Academy

Helping children, young people and families find support for emotional wellbeing earlier, faster and more easily

The Emotional Health Academy (EHA) is West Berkshire's early intervention emotional health service. We work alongside services in the public and voluntary sector, including GPs and schools, to strengthen wellbeing and resilience in children, young people and families. We are funded by the local authority, CCGs, Public Health and schools.

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.

What is Emotional Health?

It's a broad term for dealing with feelings and emotions. There are common signs of poor emotional health, including:

  • feeling anxious, stressed, irritable, sad or low most of the time
  • not feeling motivated
  • having attention and concentration problems
  • self-harming

You could also have problems with friendships and relationships, self-image, or a significant event in your life 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. We believe in providing support and care that is tailored and responsive to your needs.

Our Services

We offer a variety of services:

  • Multiagency Triage - our universal, free service to children and young people in West Berkshire, which is the front door to many different support services
  • West Berkshire Schools Traded offer - schools can purchase the services of one of our Emotional Health Workers to work in their school with children and young people with emotional difficulties
  • Outside of West Berkshire Schools Traded offer - schools outside of West Berkshire can purchase the services of one of our Emotional Health Workers to work in their school with children and young people with emotional difficulties
  • West Berkshire Wellbeing Clinic - parents, residing in or out of West Berkshire, can purchase specific support for their child or young person from the Emotional Health Academy 
  • Consultancy - we also offer consultancy services to CCGs and local authorities around setting up their own Emotional Health Academy
     

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