These resources have been created and approved by Calderdale’s Open Minds Partnership and young people.
They have been created for parents, carers and family members to use whilst supporting your children.
5 minute special time: Here are 10 ideas for parents/carers to spend 5 minutes of quality time with their children.
Activities for teenagers: These are some ideas that teens have said they would enjoy doing with adults. The most important thing to remember is to have fun- this should not be a chore. It is time for parents/carers to get to know their teens.
Anxiety action plan: Here is an action plan to help children and young people recognise what may trigger their anxiety.
Anxiety strategies: As a parent it is normal to be concerned when your child worries but we must remember that anxiety is a normal emotion and the reaction within the body is reassuring that things are working as they should be.
Back to school: Some young people who worry find returning to school after a holiday difficult. This resource is to help both parents and carers and young people to minimise their feelings of anxiety on returning to school.
Communication strategies: Here is a simple strategy for communicating with children or young people who may be feeling overwhelmed.
Help when experiencing panic attacks: A panic attack can come on suddenly and a child or young person may feel as if there has been no warning but over time they may be able to identify emotions or situations which may trigger a panic attack. This will give you more information.
Mindfulness activities: Here are some useful mindfulness activities that parents/ carers can practice with their child.
Positivitree – Workforce Values, Behaviours and Skills: Young people from Calderdale’s Tough Times Reference Group attended a regional Stairways meeting. At the meeting a group of young people created a “Positivitree” sharing their thoughts and opinions about what they feel would contribute to a good work force in all mental health services. The Positivitree has been circulated to help form a consistent approach across mental health care services throughout the region.
Positive thought: There is evidence which proves that positive thinking has a beneficial effect on both mental health and physiological health. Here are some strategies to promote positive thinking, and some behaviours to promote positive thinking listed below.
Social media/ cyber bullying: Here is some information for parents/carers who are concerned that their child may be being bullied online.
Self esteem activities: Here are some activities that children and young people can do to help improve their self esteem.
Self harm action plan: This action plan aims to help children and young people recognise what may trigger their self-harming, what their warning signs are and what they need to do on a daily basis to minimise their self-harming behaviours.
Self-harm distraction techniques: Here are some distraction techniques that young people can use when they are feeling anger, fear, numb, shame, self-hatred and when they need control.
Self-help guides: Northumbria University has published 19 NHS developed Self Help Guides on a range of topics; including anxiety, stress, self-harm, depression and low mood and more.
Parents supporting transition: Transition from primary school to high school presents a challenge to young people. This document offers helpful advice to parents and carers to help young people with the process.
Young people and sleep: Sleep is extremely important for everyone and at different ages we are advised we need different amounts of sleep. This document will give you more information about sleep.