Emotional Health and Wellbeing for Children and Young People 5 Key Updates – June 2018

Latest update of Emotional Health and Wellbeing for Children and Young People 5 Key Updates below. If you have any questions please contact Joanna.marshall@calderdale.gov.uk.

Open Minds Website Parents/Carers and Professionals section


In response to extensive consultation with families and professionals we are delighted to announce we have developed a parents/carers and professionals section on the Open Minds Website. This website is intended to give advice, support and signposting to local and national services that help children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing.

For further information please contact Joanna.marshall@calderdale.gov.uk

Healthy Relationship Resource Website


The West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner has provided innovation funding to develop an online resource library that all West Yorkshire schools can access about Healthy Relationships. Calderdale Council has worked with both Primary and Secondary schools and partners to develop the new Healthy Relationships website that brings all the resources available to staff in one place.

For further information please contact Julia.clough@calderdale.gov.uk

Which Way Up Group

Which Way Up is a 12 week programme for both boys and girls aged between 13-19 years old living in Calderdale that are at risk of self- harm or who currently self- harms. The sessions are held at the Orangebox every Wednesday 5pm till 7pm, consisting of team building activities, workshops and art based sessions. At the end of the 12 week programme the young people are treated to a meal and given a certificate.

The aim of the project is to:

  • Raise awareness about self -harm and mental health and to reduce stigma.
  • Invite young people to explore their feelings and emotions and to look at ways in which they can manage these emotions in a positive way.
  • To explore useful strategies that young people can use to reduce self- harm.
  • For young people to identify the stressors in their lives and to explore various coping strategies.
  • To increase self -esteem and confidence.

If you know of a young person who you feel would benefit from attending this group please contact Melanie Juma on: 07854041583 or Sam Roe on: 07872100547.

Responding to Bereavement in Schools

In response to requests from Head teachers, the School Effectiveness Service have developed a short guidance/signposting resource for schools that find themselves having to manage a response to a significant bereavement (such as the death of a student).

For further information please contact Chris.sylge@calderdale.gov.uk

Family Therapy Service

Calderdale Therapeutic Service supports the emotional health and wellbeing of children looked after, and children and families who are having difficulties. They work with young people of all ages, providing support to education, health and social care professionals within a child’s network.

The service are currently able to offer a new service to families who may be finding it difficult to manage emotions and resolve conflict within the home or to families with members who may be struggling with issues of low mood or self-harm.

Family therapy is useful for families and relationships that are facing all kinds of difficulties and experiences, such as:

  • Families and couples who want to build closer and happier relationships.
  • Families facing special challenges like alcoholism, mental illness, physical illness, bereavement, eating disorders, ageing, family conflicts, cultural adjustments, trauma, etc.
  • Families who are worried about their children’s behaviour.
  • Families who are fostering and adopting children.
  • Parents who want to divorce or separate in a way that focuses on their children’s happiness and needs.
  • Any family who would like someone to help them talk about difficult things together in a way that is safe, open, creative and useful.

If you think somebody you work with may benefit from family therapy, please contact donna.keith@calderdale.gov.uk

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