Emotional health and well-being

Need urgent help? If you have injured yourself or taken an overdose, please dial 999.

If you are thinking about hurting yourself or having suicidal feelings, you may need to talk to some one straight away:

Childline (contacting) : Call us FREE on 0800 1111 - You can talk to us about anything. No problem is too big or too small. However you choose to contact us, you are in control. It is confidential and you do not have to give your name if you do not want to.

Samaritans - contact us now : FREE to caller helpline number 116 123 - We are here round the clock, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you need a response immediately, it is best to call us on the phone, which is FREE to call. You do not have to be suicidal to call us.

NHS 111 : Much more than a helpline - If you are worried about an urgent medical concern, phone: 111 to speak to a fully trained adviser.

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

Information on a wide range of services to support your Emotional Health & Well-being in Calderdale and online (NSPCC, Young Minds and more…)

Low mood, feelings of hopelessness, low self-esteem, lack of energy and problems with sleep? The more symptoms someone has, the more likely they are to be depressed. Find out more: NHS - Depression.

Timeout (aged 10-19): What is on locally and who to contact if you need help? Looking to make friends?

What does good emotional health look like? Mental Health Foundation .

Children and young people up to 18 years of age

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 .

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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 safe place for people who are having 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 Well-being 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 well-being.

Local Transformation plan for emotional health and well-being

Local Transformation Plans are part of a national focus on improving children and young people’s emotional well-being 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 well-being 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, this Council, in partnership with the CCG, secured funding from NHS England. This was to implement a pilot using the Brain in Hand app for children and young people with anxiety issues. It is very suitable for 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 measure the impact in different scenarios. We will collate evidence in order to see if we can make any elements sustainable, particularly around future funding.

For more about this, please read: PDFBrain In Hand Q&A [PDF 136KB] .

For more about the app, visit: Brain in Hand App .

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