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

Pre-diagnosis ASD support for parents/carers of school aged children who are on the waiting list for an autism assessment in Calderdale

Calderdale Open Minds Partnership (CAMHS) provides support to parents and carers of school-aged young people who are waiting for an autism assessment in Calderdale. The support is provided by a qualified and experienced CAMHS practitioner.

What can the service help with?

  • Individual support to parents and carers
  • Strategies and problem solving techniques
  • Information about resources and other helpful services
  • Support for professionals who work with the young person.

The service:

  • Is not able to help in a crisis
  • Is not part of the autism assessment process
  • Can’t advise on waiting times or appointment dates
  • Can only support families where a child is already on the autism waiting list.

How can I access the service?

Parents or professionals can find our more and request support by completing an on-line request form at www.calderdalecamhs.org.uk/asd-support/


World Mental Health Day – 10th October 2019

Young Minds is asking people to wear yellow on Thursday 10 October and help raise vital funds for the charity and to support young people’s mental health on World Mental Health Day.

Whether you choose a subtle splash of colour or dress like sunshine from head-to-toe, together we can show young people they’re not alone with their mental health.

You can sign up and help to fundraise for #HelloYellow by visiting this page https://youngminds.org.uk/contact-us/sign-up-for-helloyellow/


The Healthy Minds Forum Is Due To Be Re-launched! 

The Healthy Minds Forum will be relaunched, with some good opportunities coming up to be involved with shaping local Mental Health services. Healthy Minds want to ensure that people who have personal experience of living with mental health problems are heard and can have a real influence on decisions.

An Event To Celebrate World Mental Health Day 10/10/2019

It’s the chance to “Have Your Say!” about what more needs to be done to make Mental Health Care a reality for people in Calderdale.

  • A discussion with local people who use mental health services in Calderdale about the history of the Forum and how it will function in the future.
  • The Event will take place on Thursday 10th October, 11.00am – 4.30pm at Causey Hall, Dispensary walk, HX1 1QL
  • Refreshments provided.

**Booking is essential 01422 345154**


Space for Me – The Victoria Theatre’s Creative Wellbeing Programme

The Victoria Theatre is the only theatre in England that can provide a range of professional creative, play and drama based psychotherapy services for either adults or young people under a programme called: “Space for Me”. “Space for Me” encourages adults or children and young people to play by offering sessions of ‘Dramatherapy’ or ‘Developmental Transformations’.

“Space for Me” is delivered by professionally qualified and registered dramatherapists and aims to improve emotional health and wellbeing, promote personal growth, develop confidence and resilience and explore challenging life experiences. It does this using a wide range of creative and playful ideas such as story, metaphor and games. Dramatherapy can be used to support people presenting with a wide range of issues including, for example, anxiety, depression, self-harm, abuse and neglect, domestic violence, attachment trauma, eating disorders, psychosis and schizophrenia, separation and grief and bereavement.

For information or a discussion about Dramatherapy or Developmental Transformations please contact The Victoria Theatre and ask about Space for Me or email: S4M@calderdale.gov.uk or have a look at the new brochure.


Play and Creative Therapies

CMBC has commissioned 2 small pilot schemes to support mental health/emotional wellbeing issues in primary school age children. The pilots are aimed at supporting children who have experienced trauma and/or have attachment issues and have experienced 2 or more adverse childhood events (ACE), e.g. abuse, neglect, parental separation, household domestic violence, household alcohol or drug abuse. Live Wild and Noah’s Ark have been awarded grants to deliver 2 separate schemes to a small number of primary schools.

The Live Wild Group offer includes a flexible menu of evidence-based creative therapies, with individual and group, outdoor and indoor Play and Family Therapy. The combined ‘Play, Nature, Connect’ offer is a whole-school approach, with peer-to-peer massage forming the foundation for everyone, group work for selected children and 1-1 work for a small number of individual children.

Noah’s Ark will also offer 1-1 and group work incorporating a diverse menu of play and creative methods, including a range of activities and approaches that aim at providing ways of meeting and attuning to children’s individual developmental, cognitive, sensory, emotional, physical and attachment needs facilitating expression of difficult and often conflicting emotions.

Primary schools wishing to be part of the pilot will be asked to complete an Expression of Interest in the next few weeks.

For more information contact Lynn Powell at lynn.powell@calderdale.gov.uk

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