For further information and informal support to support your student’s emotional health, as well as your own and other colleagues’ emotional health, please look at these pages for more information.
ELSA Support is a website developed for providing resources for emotional literacy support assistants. They provide downloadable resources which are ready to print and use. Schools are welcome to order from the website and free resources are created and made available every Friday.
Noah’s Ark Centre staff, who usually deliver Therapeutic Play Interventions to children and young people at the centre and in schools, would like to reach out to the children and young people of Calderdale through a growing bank of video clips that support their growth in a playful, accepting, curious and empathic manner. The videos are aimed at engaging Early Years and Primary aged children in play and creativity that is therapeutic and supports social and emotional development. Videos will be uploaded to Noah’s Ark Centre’s website regularly over the coming weeks.
Therapeutic Play: Watch this, Take part and Have a Go – whilst at home with family, at nursery or at school – including storytelling, movement, music, rhythm and art activities.
Therapeutic Play: Activities and Techniques for Parents/Carers and Educational Staff to put in their Toolbox -and use in their settings with their children to make their play together therapeutic .
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.
Schools in Mind is a free network for school staff and allied professionals which shares practical, academic and clinical expertise regarding the wellbeing and mental health issues that affect schools. The network provides a trusted source of up-to-date and accessible information and resources that school leaders, teachers and support staff can use to support the mental health and wellbeing of the children and young people in their care.
SilverCloud is a free digital treatment programme for adults which can be accessed by parents, carers, staff and any adult who might find it helpful. The programme is provided by Silvercloud Health. There are modules on sleep, stress, and resilience for adults. The code ‘north’ should be entered when prompted. The site is secure, anonymous and confidential. No referral is required.
Time Out (Healthy Minds) will help your student ‘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.
Unmasked Mental Health aims to provide 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.
Alongside the app, Unmasked Mental Health also provide a MHFA approved 2-day first aid course, a 1-day mental health awareness course and a half day mindfulness course aimed at workplace self-awareness, and helping to spot the signs and symptoms of stress, or fatigue, in yourself and your colleagues.
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.
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.