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April 2020

Welcome to ChEWS News, the monthly bulletin for young people and families who are awaiting or accessing support from ChEWS at Northorpe Hall or CAMHS at SWYT. This bulletin will hopefully provide some information, resources and tips to help you reflect on your self-care and emotional resilience.

Calling all parents and young people: Do you want to contribute to this newsletter? Do you want to share your experiences of mental health and emotional well-being or tell us about things you have found helpful and share them with others to try? If you have anything you feel would be helpful to include in the newsletter please email Nina Thomas. Also please let us know if you have any suggestions of topics you would like to see in future newsletters.

The Little Book of Self-Care
by Mel Noakes

by Rosa

The Little Book of Self Care will help you identify your needs so you can relax, refuel and find calm for when life becomes busy again.

Self-Care during Covid19

C - connection is everything

O - observing mindfulness

V - valuing keeping active

I - inspirational learning

D - donating to those in need

Name 19 things you are grateful for! Gratitude and optimism help lift our spirits! Much of the anxiety we're feeling right now comes from uncertainty. So create some certainty for yourself by creating a new routine and a daily structure. This will stop the anxious gremlins from freaking out because they panic when they do not know what to expect. Create a new (temporary) normal for them and this will calm them down.

Practice some mindfulness taking one day at a time, with the reassurance that if now is okay, we are okay!


Service Update

Northorpe Hall Child & Family Trust will continue to support young people and families mental health safely throughout the Coronavirus situation. Workers are still working and are offering support sessions via phone, text, email or video. We have a few staff working on site each day so that they can support each other and those working at home and keep systems running. At the moment, we are still working 8am to 8pm Mon to Fri and Saturday mornings. We're working closely with other services including CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) to respond to new requests for support and to make sure key support services are maintained. You can contact using the numbers and contact methods as normal.

Victorious Voice


"I’ve suffered from Anxiety for a few years now - luckily, I manage it pretty well now but just wanted to share something: A few years ago, we took our motor home to our favourite place. I woke really early on a very cold and windy morning and my overthinking started - although the perfect thing would have been to stay snuggled and cosy in bed, but my mood was low, and I couldn’t shake the irrational thoughts. I got dressed and went for a walk with our dog. I headed down towards the seafront and as I climbed the coastal path and turned around the bend this is the view (in the picture) I saw, along with a massive gust of cold wind that took my breath away - I then started to cry - I can only describe this as being woken and the feeling of the gust of wind on my face was so powerful- I took in a couple of deep breaths and headed back to the van. I made a coffee for me and my partner, got back under the covers and we had the best day. Sometimes we get so bogged down with our thoughts and feelings, we need to look at what is around us. The smallest things can be the big ones. That day it was the wind on my face - have a good day everyone and throw kindness around like confetti."


During WW2, Anne Frank and 7 other people hid in a 450sq.ft. attic for 761 days, quietly trying to remain undiscovered to stay alive.

Group of Feet in a Circle

Video workshops for children and young people

Due to current restrictions in place for social contact we will be offering some of our workshops via video link. Please click the link below to book onto sessions available for children and young people. We will be using Zoom to deliver these sessions and you will need to sign up with an email address we can contact you on and have access to a computer/laptop and a quiet space at the time of the session for 45mins.

ChEWS Waiting Times

  • 17.9 weeks for Counselling support
  • 33.7 weeks for direct support with an Emotional Health Worker
  • 10.6 weeks for Group work
  • 33.6 weeks for direct support with a Senior Practitioner

  • This is from the date of the original support request.

Keep us informed

We know that waiting times can seem long. If you are awaiting a service within ChEWS and need to talk to someone while you are waiting for support or you are concerned that things are getting worse please contact Rosa on 01924 492183. If you are aged 11-18 you may also like to access Kooth an online support service providing self-help and online counselling available at www.kooth.com and signing up with your location as Kirklees.

If you feel that things have changed for you and support is no longer required please contact to let us know:

ChEWS - 01924 492183 or send a text to 07757 751927

CAMHS - 01484 343783

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