Through the information and links below you can find services which can help you if you are struggling with your emotional health.
In February 2020 the young people’s Tough Times Reference Group created a survey to gather the views and opinions of their peers, aged 9-25, about mental health and emotional wellbeing. The survey included general questions on emotions, as well as more specific questions focusing on local services.
Time Out (Healthy Minds) – Time Out (Healthy Minds) will help you ‘find your thing’, through activities such as arts, crafts, sports, singing and drama. Time Out is a self referral scheme to help you feel good, make friends and support you to relax, socialise and do something for yourself. Phone: 01422 345154 or 07388 990 229.
Time Out have also launched a Listening Line which provides support and advice for 10-19 year olds. Open Monday-Friday. Text: 07418 311736 to book an appointment.
ChatHealth, Healthy Futures Calderdale – is an NHS-approved secure and confidential text messaging service. TEXT 07480 635297 (young people) to start a conversation with an experienced clinician from 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday. Messages outside this time will receive an automated response letting you know when you will receive a reply, and who to contact to get immediate help. Texts will cost the same as a standard text or will come out of your contract message allowance.
The BREW Project (Invictus Wellbeing Services) – offers children and young people who present with personal, social, emotional, educational or professional concerns to access bespoke support sessions with one of our wellbeing team within 48 hours. Our wellbeing advisers are there to speak with, support and help find solutions to problems, concerns and issues that children and young people are experiencing through coronavirus, lockdown and the return to school.
Youth Works – is a safe space for you to come along, ‘chill out’, have a chat, listen to music and access the internet. The drop-in is open weekdays at the Orangebox in Halifax from 3.30pm to 5.45pm. Phone: 01422 320 033.
1325 – Girls & Young Women Project – is a project for girls and young women between the ages of 13 and 25. We work across both Calderdale and Kirklees and our aim is to work alongside girls and young women in our community to support and empower them to reach their full potential. 1325 provides both emotional and practical support around a wide range of issues which is provided in a safe space. They offer 1:1 support in a variety of settings and group work to raise self esteem, confidence and resilience. Phone: 07841 199669.
Safespace – Healthy Minds Calderdale – offers emotional support for people over 18 who are struggling emotionally. They are open 7 days a week, from 6.30pm every evening – with the latest available appointments at 10pm. Individuals who are struggling can have up to half an hour with a worker to talk through what’s happening and agree any next steps. You can contact Safespace on 01484 345154 or text 07388990227 to get through to a worker. You can also send a private message through Facebook messenger @safespace-Healthy Minds. A worker will contact you back and arrange an appointment for the same evening.
Unmasked Mental Health – provides a safe and regulated platform for users to communicate with each other and create bonds and friendships. The Unmasked mobile app is available on both Apple and Android phones and allows users to connect, message and live chat; to share your problems, support and be supported.
Dadpad – is a commissioned service across West Yorkshire and Harrogate. Developed with the NHS, the DadPad gives new dads and dads-to-be the knowledge and practical skills necessary to be able to support themselves and their partner and give their baby the best possible start in life.
ThinkNinja (Healios) – is an app specifically designed to educate 10-18 year olds about mental health, emotional wellbeing and to provide skills young people can use to build resilience and stay well. ThinkNinja is built on CBT principles, this works to help us notice and change problematic thinking styles or behaviour patterns so we can feel better ThinkNinja addresses a range of issues including stress, anxiety, low mood, or having unhelpful thoughts. The user is coached by the WiseNinja, powered by artificial intelligence and the skills of a clinical psychologist. ThinkNinja is free to download for all children and young people with the correct access code, and can be downloaded via the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
Support in Schools/College/University – Lots of students get support from their school/college/university when they’re going through a tough time. You can speak to anyone working in your establishment about anything that’s bothering you, whether its education related or something different. In Calderdale, there are a range of services including peer support, family support and counselling that can help you.