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Emotional health and wellbeing

Here you can find details of support on mental health for children, young people and adults.

Need urgent help?

If you have injured yourself or taken an overdose, please dial 999. 
If you are thinking about hurting yourself or having suicidal feelings, you may need to talk to someone straight away:

Childline (contacting)Call us FREE on 0800 1111 - You can talk to us about anything. No problem is too big or too small. However you choose to contact us, you are in control. It is confidential and you do not have to give your name if you do not want to.

Samaritans - contact us nowFREE to caller helpline number 116 123 - We are here round the clock, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you need a response right away, it is best to call us. You do not need to be suicidal to call.

NHS 111. Much more than a helpline! If you are worried about an urgent medical concern, phone: 111 to speak to a fully trained adviser.

Calderdale's Emotional Health and Wellbeing Open Minds website

If you are a young person, parent, carer or professional in Calderdale the Open Minds site is for you. It will help you with questions about emotional health and wellbeing, showing you where you can find support.

Visit, Open Minds.

Support services

Local services for children and young people

Open Minds (CAMHS).

You can self-refer to this service if you are a:

  • Parent;
  • young person;
  • or anyone who works with a child/young person (Ideally a professional who knows the child well).

Visit: How to refer to Open Minds (CAMHS).

Not sure whether to refer? Need some advice on how to support a young person who has emotional health difficulties? Get in touch with First Point of Contact (FPOC), phone: 01422 300 001.

Kooth (for age 10 - 25). For counselling and support when you need to talk to someone in confidence about what bothers you. This is a free, safe and anonymous service.

Time Out (for ages 10 - 19). A space to relax, socialise and take part in a range of activities. What is on locally and who to contact if you need help? Looking to make friends?

Branching Out – Humankind (for ages 10 - 21). If you are using alcohol, drugs, solvents or tobacco at any level and need help you can contact Branching Out. You will get confidential help and support. Phone: 01422 415550 (option 2).

LGBTQ – Identity Youth Group (for ages 12 - 18). A group for LGBTQ (Lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer/questioning) young people and offers information, advice and support sessions. For details, phone: 01422 371993.

Calderdale's Emotional Health and Wellbeing Bulletin. Useful information about what is happening in Calderdale along with regional and national updates.

Local Transformation plans for emotional health and wellbeing. Part of a national focus on improving children and young people's emotional well-being and mental health. In Calderdale, our Transformation plan is embedded in a truly integrated challenge. This is to change the way we think about emotional well-being and mental health:

  • strengthening resilience;
  • improving services;
  • and tackling the stigma associated with mental health services.

For more details or a copy of the plan, see: Strategies and commissioning for children and young people.

National online information and support

Do you have 'low mood', feelings of hopelessness, low self-esteem, lack of energy or problems with sleep? For practical advice, interactive tools, videos and audio guides to help you feel mentally and emotionally better, visit:

Young Minds. Offers mental health support to overcome life's difficulties, whatever the challenges.

The Mix. Offers support to under 25s. Are worried about your mental health or someone else's? From anxiety and depression to self-care and counselling.

Mental Health Foundation. Find out what good emotional health looks like. Here there are podcasts, videos and tools to test your stress and check out levels of positive mental health. Find inspiring stories and information about getting help if you are struggling.

PAPYRUS (prevention of young suicide). They believe that no young person should suffer alone with thoughts or feelings of hopelessness. They exist to reduce the number of young people who take their own lives by shattering the stigma around suicide. Also, by giving young people and their communities the skills to know and respond to suicidal behaviour.

Mind - Children and Young People. Offers help on where children and young people can get support for mental health problem.

Best Beginnings. This is a charity that works to "give every child in the UK the best start in life". It supports the mental health of pregnant women, new mothers and their children's lives. It helps parents to build knowledge, be resilient and have confidence to get help when they need it.

Calderdale Healthy Minds. They promote positive mental health and recovery for those in mental distress across Calderdale. They offer peer support groups covering a range of topics.

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT). Many people have a problem with their psychological (mental) well-being at some time in their lives. IAPT can help you understand your problems. They can also find new ways for you to cope by helping you make changes in your life.

Calderdale Talking Therapies. VitaMinds is a free and confidential NHS service. They offer a range of short-term psychological therapies for adults 18-years and over. It is for people who live in Calderdale and are registered with a GP here.

Safespace (18+). Out-of-hours support for Calderdale Adults. Offering a safe place for people who are having mental distress or approaching crisis. Open Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from 6pm. The last appointment is at 10pm.

Support for parent carers

Help and support in Calderdale

For information on local and national advice, visit: Calderdale Open Minds.

Calderdale's Emotional Health and Wellbeing Service Guide For Families. Written by parents and professionals working together. It is to support families whose children and young people are going through emotional health and wellbeing difficulties.

National help and support

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