Emotional Health and Wellbeing for Children and Young People 5 Key Updates – December 2019

For information, advice and signposting on emotional health and wellbeing services please go to www.openmindscalderdale.org.uk

How to refer to Calderdale Open Minds Partnership (CAMHS)

The Open Minds Partnership, First Point of Contact referral flowchart is designed to give potential referrers guidance on referring to CAMHS. It provides an overview of how to make a referral, and what the possible outcomes of a referral might be. If you are unsure whether to make a referral or need some advice regarding supporting the mental health of a child or young person please telephone the First Point of Contact on 01422 300001.


Christmas Messages from Kooth

Kooth.com  a free, safe and anonymous online support service for young people aged 11-25 is available over the festive period. It’s open until 10pm every evening, 365 days a year. Young people can access Kooth’s counselling service, self help resources, peer to peer forums and interesting articles written by young people for young people.

In the New Year Sophie, Integration and Participation Worker for Kooth will be available to deliver staff training and facilitate sign up sessions and market stalls in colleges, schools and youth organisations, if you are interested in booking these for 2020 please email scarr@xenzone.com.

Coffee Mornings for Parents of Children on the Waiting List for an ASD Assessment

Unique Ways are hosting a number of coffee mornings across Calderdale. They will be informal and friendly meetings to share information and experiences, tips and ideas and get to know one another. The sessions are free to parents and there is no need to pre-book.

For further information, please email asdchampions@uniqueways.org.uk

SUGAR (Safety, Us, Girls and Relationships) Programme

SUGAR is a 12 week programme for young woman aged between 13-16 years that live in Calderdale. The next programme starts on Monday 13th January 6pm – 8pm at the Orangebox.  SUGAR is a group aimed to promote healthy relationships, looking at aspects of exploitation, grooming, what a healthy relationship looks like and positive friendships. The programme is adapted to the needs of the young people in the group so extra sessions around peer relationships, substance misuse etc. can be added. At the end of the programme young people will evaluate what they have done and be sign posted to further services if appropriate. For further information please contact Sarah.williamson@calderdale.gov.uk or Chantelle.Hadley@calderdale.gov.uk

YoungMinds Crisis Messenger

The YoungMinds Crisis Messenger text service provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK. Children and young people experiencing a mental health crisis can text YM to 85258. YoungMinds aim to connect every texter to a trained volunteer promptly to provide crisis help. The YoungMinds Crisis Messenger is powered by Shout and Crisis Text Line.

It is free and confidential to text the service from the following major networks: 

EE, O2, Three and Vodafone. These include – BT Mobile, Tesco Mobile, Virgin Mobile, iD Mobile, Sky, Telecom Plus, Lebara and GiffGaff. Some Android phones issue a warning that there will be a charge for texting, provided the texter is on one of these networks this warning is incorrect and there will be no charge.

YoungMinds Seasonal Self Care Kit

Last year YoungMinds worked with young people to create a Seasonal Self-Care Survival Kit which gives some simple advice and reminders to children and young people about how to look after their mental health and wellbeing during the holiday season.

The Seasonal Self-care Survival Kit can be downloaded for free alongside other resources here.

YoungMinds also has an Urgent Help page which provides details of various organisations which offer 24 hours support to children and young people over the festive period.

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