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

If you have any questions or would like to include something in the next update, please contact charlotte.palethorpe@calderdale.gov.uk

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.


Emotional Health and Wellbeing Local Transformation Plan (LTP) Year 5 Refresh

From 2015 to 2019 there has been progress towards achieving transformation for children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing services in Calderdale through the delivery of the LTP priorities. Services are now more joined up and are working in partnership towards the implementation of the Thrive framework moving away from the tiered model; ensuring that support for children and young people is more holistic and focussed on their needs rather than them fitting into a service. Thrive assumes that children and young people can receive support at any time from the most appropriate service that meets their needs.

Our refreshed LTP remains true to our original vision of developing a system without tiers and creating a breadth of provision which offers choice and control to children and young people in how they access support. We are proud of our many achievements to date however we recognise we still have a significant amount of work remaining to achieve our ambitions for 2021.


Space from Anxiety App

Young people referred to the Open Minds Partnership (CAMHS) now have the option of accessing a digital treatment programme for anxiety. Northpoint Wellbeing have worked with an established provider called SilverCloud to develop an on-line programme which can be offered to young people who are referred into the First Point of Contact for help with stress, worry and anxiety. Each young person who is offered this app will have access to a trained CAMHS supporter, and will be able to move between different pathways if and when their needs change or develop. The content of the app has been developed in consultation with young people. The service will complement the existing digital options available in Calderdale which include the following:

  • Kooth – kooth.com . This is a universal service which provides anonymous & confidential on-line support to young people. It is available up to 10pm every day (including weekends). No referral required.
  • Open Minds websiteopenmindscalderdale.org.uk . This is a website designed by young people for young people which provides advice, information, support and signposting.  There are also sections for parents/carers and professionals.

Children & Young People’s Mental Health Awareness Training for Parents/Carers

This exciting new project involves Open Minds Partnership (CAMHS Northpoint), Healthy Minds and Noah’s Ark Centre providing mental health awareness raising sessions for parents and carers. The aim of the training is to help families to understand and promote good emotional health and wellbeing to their children. This service will involve the partner agencies delivering short interactive sessions in schools and community venues at accessible times. The project will also include a ‘Train the Trainer’ element so that parents can be involved in the delivery of future sessions. Schools who are interested in accessing this support can use their existing links with staff from Healthy Minds, Noahs Ark Centre or Open Minds Partnership (CAMHS Northpoint), or they can contact training@northpoint.org.uk .


Durham Commission on Creativity and Education

The Durham Commission is a joint research collaboration between Durham University and Arts Council England, convened to look at the role ‘creativity’ and ‘creative thinking’ should play in the education of children and young people. Please see the full publication here.

Drawing on its research, the Commission has developed a vision for promoting creativity in education.

They believe that all schools, from early years to post-16 education should be better enabled to support the promotion of creativity for all, and that teaching for creativity should be practised across the curriculum.


Self-Harm Resources – Dr Pooky Knightsmith, Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition

Please find below a roundup of videos and other resources on the topic:

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