Liverpool Science Park is home to a range of expert support and professional services providers, whose work compliments that of the innovation centres’ science and tech focused customers. One shining example of this is Every Cloud Associates (ECA), a specialist provider of mental health support.
Founded in 2018 by Psychotherapist Kate Morris, ECA delivers direct clinical work to adolescents, as well as providing consultancy, supervision and training to organisations who already have or who want to set up and manage their own in-house mental health services.
At a time when health and wellbeing concerns are becoming ever more prevalent in society, support services like those provided by ECA are an invaluable lifeline to many in the local community.
A recent World Health Organisation survey conducted during the pandemic concluded that bereavement, social isolation, loss of income and fear has triggered mental health conditions, as well as people with pre-existing mental, neurological or substance use disorders being more vulnerable to the SARS-CoV-2 infection.
Kate Morris, Director at ECA said:
“As the impact of COVID-19 was being felt across the country over the past 12 months, the demand for our support services increased significantly.
“Thanks to our fantastic team of highly trained clinicians, we have continued to provide much needed support across a broad range of disciplines, including Educational Psychology, Psychotherapy and Cognitive behavioural therapy, and are proud to be the leading private provider of this type of specialist intervention in Liverpool.”
ECA works extensively with Liverpool’s student population and the organisation’s workspace within Liverpool Science Park provides an easily accessible base for University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University students to visit, which is virtually ‘on campus.’
Mental health mentoring and therapeutic intervention is available throughout a student’s entire academic journey. The long-term nature of these relationships, ECA’s specialist understanding of mental health in adolescence and their associated evidence-based treatments, means that the recovery rates of referred clients is excellent.
Always looking to deliver enhanced services for clients however, ECA are now developing a new suite of e-learning training modules for the Higher Education Institution (HEI) sector, which can be delivered remotely.
Part of the online content will concentrate on prevention through early intervention and training HEIs on how to spot early indicators of things going wrong. Alongside this, will be the development of proactive supportive structures that are reliable, safe and containing, and don’t only rely on the most vulnerable having to raise the alarm when they are at their weakest.
Kate Morris added:
“Like many other services, we have had to adapt our technology to keep pace by developing new ways of working with our clients remotely.
“It was a steep learning curve, but with change comes growth and we’ve certainly achieved that.”
The development of ECA’s e-learning training modules will involve working collaboratively with technology providers who share the ambition to make mental health management as effective, supportive and as accessible as possible for young people.
To find out more about Every Cloud Associates, visit: https://www.everycloudassociates.org/