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 .

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 give comprehensive services to children and young people aged up to 18 years. It is for you if you are having emotional and/or mental health problems.

It is provided by Northpoint Wellbeing Limited (Tier 2 CAMHS) and South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust (Tier 3 CAMHS). They work closely together to bring you a full service.

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

Tier 2 CAMHS helps children and young people who have mild to moderate emotional mental health issues. This is for those that have not responded to universal services and may benefit from short-term intervention.

For more details, visit: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) .

Tier 3 CAMHS works with more severe, complex and lasting issues that affect children and young people. It can help where there is a clear indication that a child has complex neurodevelopmental issues. This includes:

  • autistic spectrum continuum;
  • ADHD;
  • or other difficulties that may require a multi-disciplinary assessment.

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


Heads Together

This is a campaign that aims to change the national conversation on mental wellbeing.

It is a partnership with inspiring charities. These have decades of experience in tackling stigma, raising awareness and giving vital help for people with mental health challenges.

For more details, visit: Heads Together .



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

They offer:

  • a network of wellbeing advisors who have experience and expertise to offer solutions that meet your personal needs;
  • support for young people at a challenging time of their lives and help to overcome a range of issues, like:
    • bullying;
    • depression;
    • anxiety;
    • exam stress;
    • anger issues.

Some schools work with Invictus, so if you are struggling, ask your school’s Safeguarding Officer for help. If your school does not, or you need help out of school hours, there is a fee payable.

For more details, visit: Invictus Wellbeing .



Mind offers help on where children and young people can get support for mental health problem.

For more details, visit: Mind - Children and Young People .


NHS Choices -Youth Mental Health

Youth Mental Health offers young people advice and help on mental health problems, like depression, anxiety and stress.

For more details, visit: NHS Choices - young people and mental health .


Young Minds

This is a UK charity. Their aim is to improve 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 years to go to.

You can 'chill out', listen to music, use the Internet, while you 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.

It is open weekdays from 3.30pm to 5.45pm.

For more details, phone: 01422 392031.


Healthy Minds announces Time Out (for 13 - 19 year olds)

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.

Its focus is to improve emotional health and wellbeing. It also gives young people the chance to try out things that they enjoy and that help them feel good.

To find out more, please read: PDFHealthy Minds announcement [PDF 104KB] .



This is a counselling and emotional wellbeing platform for children and young people.

You can get it on your mobile, tablet or computer and it is free at the point of use.

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

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


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Adults 18 years of age and above

Best Beginnings

This is a charity that is working to "give every child in the UK the best start in life".

It supports the mental health of pregnant women and new mothers. It has a direct and lasting impact on women and their children’s lives.

They help parents to:

  • build their knowledge;
  • be resilient;
  • and to have confidence to get help when they need it.

For more details, visit: Best Beginnings .

Calderdale Healthy Minds

This is a client-led organisation that works across the Borough. It aims to promote positive mental health and recovery for those that are in mental distress.

They offer peer support groups that cover:

  • disability;
  • anxiety and depression;
  • bipolar;
  • chronic pain;
  • self-harm;
  • and wellbeing.

They also offer:

  • walking;
  • allotments;
  • art and wellbeing activity groups.

For more details, visit: Healthy Minds Calderdale .

Heads Together

This is a campaign that aims to change the national conversation on mental wellbeing.

It is a partnership with inspiring charities. These have decades of experience in tackling stigma, raising awareness and giving vital help for people with mental health challenges.

For more details, visit: Heads Together .

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)

IAPT in Calderdale helps you to quickly and easily get the best type of therapy for your personal needs.

Many people have a problem with their psychological (mental) wellbeing at some time in their lives.

IAPT can help you get a new understanding of your problems and find new ways to cope. It can also help you make changes in your life, to address your current problems.

For more details, visit: 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. At times our problems affect our daily life and we feel that we cannot cope. If you are in this situation, you are not alone!

They can help you if you have:

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

They offer a range of talking therapies, advice, information and support.

Talking therapies can help you understand and work through your difficult feelings and find ways to cope better. The best therapy will depend on your personal situation.

They are the largest not-for-profit provider of talking therapies in the UK. Their help is free to you, as they are funded by the NHS.

They have therapists with a wide range of skills that can give you the best support for your particular needs.

For more details, visit: Insight Healthcare - Calderdale Talking Therapies .


A mental health charity that supports you to make choices about treatment.

They can help you to know your rights and guide you to get support you need.

For more details, visit: Mind .

Time to change

A growing movement of people changing how we all think and act about mental health problems.

They include resources and how to find the support you need.

For more details, visit: Time to change .


Out-of-hours weekend support for adults in Calderdale.

A place of safety for people experiencing mental distress or approaching crisis.

Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, 6pm to midnight.

For more about this, please read see: PDFSafespace Leaflet [PDF 441KB] .

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Support for Parent Carers


Calderdale’s Emotional Health and Wellbeing Bulletin

Contains useful information regarding what is happening in Calderdale along with regional and national updates. You can read the latest copy here: Emotional health and wellbeing.

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 .

Brain in Hand

In 2017 Calderdale Council (CMBC), working in partnership with the CCG, secured some additional funding from NHS England. This funding was to implement a pilot using the Brain in Hand app for children and young people with anxiety issues (particularly those with ASD). The funding secured the use of 30 Brain in Hand apps in Calderdale for one year only.

We are working with partners on our approach to the pilot including:

  • Calderdale College;
  • Ravenscliffe School;
  • Crossley Heath Grammar School and
  • CAMHS. 

The aim of the pilot is to trial the app in different cohorts/settings so we can effectively measure the impact in different scenarios. We will then try and collate evidence in order to see if we can make any elements sustainable particularly around future funding.

To find out more about the Brain in Hand Pilot in Calderdale please see: PDFBrain In Hand Q&A [PDF 136KB]

To find out more, visit the Brain in Hand App