For further information and informal support for your child’s emotional health, please look at these pages for more information.
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) will help your child ‘find their thing’, through activities such as arts, crafts, sports, singing and drama. Time Out is a self referral scheme. 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 is an NHS-approved secure and confidential text messaging service. The number for young people aged 11 – 19 to text is: 07480 635297. Parents/carers can text: 07507 332157 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 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 young people 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 is a project for girls and young women between the ages of 13 and 25. They work across both Calderdale and Kirklees and their aim is to work alongside girls and young women in the 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.
The Youth Justice Team is a service for young people and their families who have become involved with the criminal justice system. Phone: 01422 368279.
Safespace offers emotional support for people in distress during evenings and weekends. It’s open from 6pm on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays – with the latest available appointments at 10pm.
Individuals who are struggling can have up to an hour with a worker to talk through what’s happening and agree next steps. After one-to-one support, individuals are able to stay for a while until they feel ready to go home.
Lots of students get support from their school/college/university when they’re going through a tough time. Your child can speak to anyone working in their establishment about anything that’s bothering them. In Calderdale, there are a range of services including peer support, family support and counselling that can help your child.