This service guide has been written by parents and professionals working together. It has been developed to support families whose children and young people are experiencing emotional health and wellbeing difficulties.
Your child may want to try counselling if they are experiencing difficulties at school, home or with friends. If they are having a tough time in life with things like being bullied, keeping up with schoolwork, anxious about making friends, feeling others don’t understand them or have time for them; or they may have more general underlying feelings of anxiety or dissatisfaction with life. In counselling they will be able to talk to an independent professional person about these things and get help and advice to make things better.
For children and young people who have lost someone special and need to talk about it and get help. For further information contact Calderdale Help in Bereavement Service. Phone: 0845 0099221.
Kirklees & Calderdale Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre offers support services for individuals who have been affected by Sexual and Domestic Violence for both Female and Males over the age of 13 years.
Kooth is a free, safe anonymous online counselling and support service for young people aged 11 to 25. If your child needs to talk to someone confidentially about what’s bothering them they can contact Kooth. As a parent/carer you are encouraged to visit the website for further information.
Noah’s Ark offer a confidential safe space in which to explore issues and feelings with a person who neither judges nor offers advice. This is available to children and young people aged 5 to 21. Noah’s Ark also offer the Rainbows for children experiencing loss in various ways. Phone: 01422 300 457.
Time 2 Talk is delivered by Relate for children and young people aged 10 to 24 who might be experiencing problems at school, issues at home or generally not feeling like themselves. Time 2 Talk welcome self referrals however you can contact them on your child’s behalf on Phone: 0300 100 1234.
Using drugs and alcohol can create a lot of disruption in lives and sometimes usage can result in serious mental health issues. There is help at hand in Calderdale and people can contact Branching Out.
Branching Out work with children and young people who are using alcohol, drugs, solvents or tobacco at any level, or those who may be at risk of using substances. Its a free confidential service for young people aged between 10 – 21 years. Branching Out work with parents, carers and siblings who may be concerned about their child’s substance use. Phone: 01422 415550 (option 2).
Children and Young People’s Domestic Abuse Support is open to any child or young person who is affected by domestic abuse. Calderdale Staying Safe service offers confidential befriending and support to children and their non-abusing parent or carer. As a parent/carer you can self refer if there is no other agency supporting your child or young person. Young people’s self referrals are accepted from 14 years and above.
With Fixers, young people of Calderdale made a film to highlight the illegal practice of forced marriage. To view the film click here.
Identifying as LGBTQ can be incredibly isolating both for the person and the family who support them. There is help at hand in Calderdale and people can contact Barnardo’s.
How you identify should not be a barrier in your life, it should be a springboard. Barnardo’s works directly with children and young, parents and carers and professionals to help ensure that children and young people feel safe and empowered to be their full selves.
Feeling distressed or unhappy from time to time is normal, however if these feelings are persistent or are causing a lot of worry for your child then you may need to seek professional help. In Calderdale the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) will be able to help if your child is under 18 years of age. If they are over 18 years you may want to contact your local IAPT service (Improving Access to Psychological Therapy).
If you think your child may have a mental health problem ask their teacher or GP to contact the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in Calderdale who provide specialist emotional support for young people. Phone: 01422 300 001.
This resource provides a range of helpful fact sheets about different mental health issues. The guides cover areas such as anxiety, worries, behavioural difficulties and depression. These guides are designed to help parents/carers and other family members to understand emotional health issues, recognise signs, give practical help themselves and to know when/how to access support.
Calderdale Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) helps people to get quick and easy access to the best type of therapy for their individual needs. IAPT can help by gaining a new understanding of a person’s difficulties and develop new ways of coping. It can also help people to make changes in their life and address current problems. Some therapists offer treatment on the phone and will respond at a convenient time, which can include Saturdays and evenings. Phone: 01924 284555.
Samaritans offer a safe place for people to talk any time they like, in their own way – about whatever’s getting to them. You don’t have to be suicidal. Phone: 01422 349349.
Calderdale has a number of services that support children and young people who have special educational needs or disabilities.
This resource contains a range of information which covers some local resources that are available and which may be able to help whilst your child is waiting for an assessment.
CNAS supports individuals who are on the autistic spectrum, individuals who are on the waiting list to receive a diagnosis and families and carers who support a person on the autistic spectrum.
On the Calderdale Local Offer website you will find all of the information you need on the services and support available to children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities from birth to 25.
SENDIASS provides legally based, impartial, confidential and accessible information, advice and support for parents of children and young people aged 0-25 with special educational needs or disabilities about education, health and social care. SENDIASS only accepts referrals direct from parents, carers and young people.
Unique Ways (formerly known as Calderdale Parents and Carers) is a parent-carer led organisation offering support, guidance and a range of services to families with disabled children aged 0-25. Unique Ways offer training courses for parent carers to help them build their skills and resilience, learn tools and tactics for dealing with schools, health services and Local Authorities, and develop a person-centred method of dealing with their child’s additional needs. For information on the current courses available please click here.
Getting active is a great way to beat stress! Active Calderdale offer full programmes of activity including adult swimming, dance, keep fit, lunchtime cycle rides. Make use of their great facilities and programmes designed to suit all ages and all abilities. #ACTIVECDALE is a new physical activity movement to help Calderdale become the most active borough in the north of England by 2021.
Working towards exams and then waiting for results day can create a number of unwanted feelings including worry, pressure and stress. These feelings not only affect the child/young person who are taking the exams, but can also impact on the whole family. There are a range of things that parents, carers and family members can do to support the child/young person who may be feeling ‘stressed out’ . Please click here to read more on how you as a parent, carer or family member can help ease exam stress.
The school nursing service in Calderdale is provided by Locala. The Calderdale School Nursing team can be contacted Monday-Friday between 9am-5pm or by using the online referral form which you will find on their website. Phone: 030 3330 9974.
The Better Living Service is a friendly group of knowledgeable and experienced nutrition and physical activity Trainers who can provide families with advice on how to become fitter and healthier together. We will provide specific support based on what your families health goals and aspirations are. The service is free if you live in Calderdale and support will be given for up to 12 months. Phone: 01422 230230.
Time Out is a project delivered by Healthy Minds and offers young people opportunities to make the active choice of doing something for their own wellbeing. Time Out offers young people a space to be themselves, relax, socialise and do something for themselves.
The Council’s Housing Energy Action Team helps lower income owner occupiers and private tenants make their homes warmer and cheaper to heat. If you live in a cold home that’s expensive to heat, we have a range of schemes available to help. Living in a comfortable, warm home has a range of benefits which include:
• Improved well being – for your emotional and physical ill health
• A healthier environment for young children
• More affordable energy bills.
Please see our website for details of all our schemes or contact us by email on email@example.com. Phone: 01422 288001.