Emotional health and wellbeing

If you are worried about Mental Health, you can find support in a number of different ways.

Calderdale's Open Minds website for children and young people

Calderdale’s multi-agency emotional health and wellbeing taskforce are delighted to announce a new website for children and young people. The website gives advice, information, support and signposting to young people about emotional health and wellbeing. It has been developed after extensive input and consultation with young people, as well as a range of professionals. If you want to know more, visit: Open Minds in Calderdale .

Emotional Health and Wellbeing - Survey for parents, carers and family members

Please take the time to complete the Emotional Health and Wellbeing survey . It continues our consultation with parents, carers and family members, to inform our Emotional Health and Wellbeing Local Transformation Plan. Your contributions are appreciated and will influence future plans.

Thank you in advance for doing the survey. To make general comments about the survey, or to know more about the Local Transformation Plan, please contact Joanna.marshall@calderdale.gov.uk .

Children and young people up to 18 years of age

CAMHS (Child and adolescent mental health services) are specialist NHS children and young people's mental health services

CAMHS in Calderdale provides an evidence-based, comprehensive service to children and young people aged up to 18 years who are experiencing emotional and mental health problems.

The service is provided by Northpoint Wellbeing Limited (Tier 2 CAMHS) and South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust (Tier 3 CAMHS) and the two organisations work closely together.

The CAMHS service offers direct work to children and young people and their families, both on an individual and group basis, and offers mental health expertise across children’s services, providing consultation, training and advice to carers/families and other professionals.

Tier 2 CAMHS supports children and young people who experience mild to moderate emotional mental health issues which have not responded to universal services, and which are likely to benefit from a short term intervention: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) .

Tier 3 CAMHS works with more severe, complex, and enduring difficulties affecting children & young people. Tier 3 CAMHS can also help where there is a reasonable indication that the child may have complex neurodevelopmental difficulties e.g. autistic spectrum continuum, ADHD or other difficulties that may require a multi-disciplinary assessment.

For more on CAMHS and referrals, visit: SWYP Child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) .


Heads Together

A campaign aiming to change the national conversation on mental wellbeing and is a partnership with inspiring charities with decades of experience in tackling stigma, raising awareness, and providing vital help for people with mental health challenges: Heads Together .



A Calderdale based business who aims to deliver wellbeing and support services to students of all ages.

They offer;

  • a network of professionally qualified wellbeing advisors who have experience and expertise to offer a range of solutions to meet individual needs
  • support for young people at a challenging time of their lives and assist in overcoming a range of issues such as bullying, depression, anxiety, exam stress and anger issues

Some schools already work with Invictus so if you are struggling ask your school’s Safeguarding Officer for help. If your school is not signed up to the service or you require help out of school hours there will be a fee payable.

For more details, visit: Invictus Wellbeing .



The Mind website has information on where children and young people can get support with a mental health problem. To find out more, visit: Mind - Children and Young People .


NHS Choices

Youth Mental Health is an information hub that offers young people advice and help on mental health problems. This includes depression, anxiety and stress. To find out more, visit: NHS Choices - young people and mental health .


Young Minds

This is a UK charity, committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. For more details, visit: Young Minds .


Youth Works drop-in at Orange Box

This is a safe space for young people aged 13 - 25 to come along to. You can 'chill out', listen to music, access the Internet or have a brew.

The drop-in is always staffed by youth workers. They can offer advice, information, support or guidance on the issues that affect young people.

The drop-in is open weekdays from 3.30pm to 5.45pm, or phone: 01422 392031.


Healthy Minds announces Time Out – a new initiative for young people (13 – 19)

Healthy Minds has launched a new initiative for young people across Calderdale, called Time Out. It brings together a range of activities and provision for young people. It adds more to the mix, climbing to crafts, emotional resilience to eco-mentoring.

The focus is on improving emotional health and wellbeing. It gives young people opportunities to try out things that they enjoy and help them feel good. To find out more, read: PDFHealthy Minds announcement [PDF 104KB] .



This is an online counselling and emotional wellbeing platform for children and young people. It can be accessed by mobile, tablet and computer and free at the point of use.

To access this free, safe and anonymous online support here, visit: Kooth .

If you are a parent and want to know more about Kooth, please email: parents@xenzone.com .


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Adults 18 years of age and above

Best Beginnings

Working to give every child in the UK the best start in life. Supporting the mental health of pregnant women and new mothers has a direct and long-lasting impact on women and also on their children’s lives.  This is why the charity is committed to help parents build their knowledge and resilience, and also to have the confidence to seek help as soon as they need it: Best Beginnings

Calderdale Healthy Minds

A user-led organisation working across the Calderdale borough to promote positive mental health and recovery for people affected by mental distress. They offer a range of Peer Support Groups including Disability, Anxiety & Depression, Bipolar, Chronic Pain, Self-Harm and Wellbeing. They also offer Walking, Allotment and Art & Wellbeing activity groups. Find out more Healthy Minds Calderdale .

Heads Together

A campaign aiming to change the national conversation on mental wellbeing and is a partnership with inspiring charities with decades of experience in tackling stigma, raising awareness, and providing vital help for people with mental health challenges: Heads Together .

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)

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. Many people experience problems with their psychological (mental) wellbeing at some point in their lives.

IAPT can help by gaining a new understanding of your difficulties and develop new ways of coping. It can also help you to make changes in your life and address current problems.

For further information see: Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)

Insight Healthcare - NHS

Are you feeling low, anxious or stressed? Are you finding it hard to cope? Insight can help you.

Everyone goes through difficult times; sometimes our problems affect our day-to-day lives and we feel that we can’t cope. If you are in this situation, you are not alone.

They can help you if you are experiencing common issues such as:

  • low mood
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • stress
  • panic
  • anger
  • trauma
  • bereavement
  • loss
  • relationship difficulties
  • family problems
  • phobias

Their services offer a range of talking therapies, advice, information and support. Talking therapies can help you to understand and work through your difficult feelings and develop strategies for coping better. The best therapy will depend on your particular situation.

Insight Healthcare is the largest not-for-profit provider of talking therapies in the UK; all services are free as they are funded by the NHS. They have therapists with a broad range of specialist skills, allowing them to provide the best support for your particular needs.

To find out more see: Insight Healthcare - Calderdale Talking Therapies


A mental health charity supporting you to make choices about treatment, helping you understand your rights and how to reach out to sources of support: Mind

Time to change

A growing movement of people changing how we all think and act about mental health problems. Includes resources and how to find the support you need: Time to change


Local Transformation plan for emotional health and wellbeing

Local Transformation Plans are part of a national focus on improving children and young people’s emotional wellbeing and mental health. In Calderdale, our Transformation plan is embedded in a truly integrated challenge. This is to change the way we think about emotional wellbeing and mental health:

  • strengthening resilience;
  • improving services;
  • and tackling the stigma associated with mental health services.

For more details or a copy of the plan, visit: Local transformation plan for emotional health and wellbeing .