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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.
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.
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 contact Calderdale Help in Bereavement Service. Phone: 0845 0099221.
Kooth is a free, safe anonymous online counselling and support service for young people aged 11 to 25. If they need to talk to someone confidentially about what’s bothering them they can contact Kooth.
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 young people and children. They also offer the Rainbows peer support programme for children experiencing loss in various ways. Phone: 01422 300 457.
They might be experiencing problems at school, issues at home or generally not feeling like themselves. If so contact Relate Children and Young People’s Counselling. 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.
Young people who are using and need help can contact Branching Out. They will get confidential help and support with their drug and alcohol problem. Phone: 01422 510000.