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November 2019

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 be a writer? Interested in journalism? Why not start here and share your experiences of mental health and emotional well-being by writing an article for our newsletter and emailing it to Nina Thomas.

Courage - 50 mindfulness and relaxation exercises to improve your confidence
by Dr. Arlene K. Unger

by Rosa

Clinical psychologist and wellness coach Dr. Arlene K. Unger, Ph.D. gives quick and effective mindful and relaxing exercises to help replace negative thinking with positive affirmations to help develop confidence and courage within. She talks about the benefits of courage, such as giving you the ability to say ‘no’, to take on challenges and stretch yourself. It lets you embrace uncertainty, accept your flaws, understand your strengths and give you the ability to bounce back from setbacks.


Confidence and Courage

Confidence – the quality of being certain of your abilities or of having trust in people, plans, or the future. Confidence is a personality trait that is subject to growth and development but within all of us. It is about not comparing ourselves with others as everyone is different, with different circumstances and experiences. When we understand ourselves, this helps our confidence and enables us to connect with others well and pursue our dreams. Confidence gives us the courage to recover from setbacks understanding that there are things in our control and things outside of our control. Confidence also gives us the courage to try new things and meet new people. We can help our confidence by being mindful about our self-talk. Are we being kind to ourselves in what we say about ourselves? Often we say mean things to ourselves, which we would not think of saying to others. An attitude of gratitude and optimism can help with this, in addition to having some good affirmations you speak over yourself.

Chill 'n' Chat

chill n chat poster All parents and carers of children awaiting or accessing a service are invited to drop in for a chat at The Northorpe Centre, in the Packhorse Centre in Huddersfield on Thursday 12th of December from 10am-12pm. This is an opportunity to have a cuppa, meet other parents/carers and Northorpe Hall staff, discuss and share resources and ask our team any questions you may have. Refreshments will be provided. We hope to see you there!

Poem - 'Scars' By Jennifer Williams

It hasn’t been an easy past,
The scars I carry will forever last,
There will be demons in my mind,
I trained my heart to be thankful and kind,
I look for positives in each new day,
I remind myself “it’s ok to not be ok”,
Use things not people, love people not things,
Material values come and go,
Support loved ones or a stranger, who’s low,
An act of kindness will go far,
A gentle touch, a listening ear,
Knowing, I am always near,
I understand, I’ve been in despair,
No purpose, no feeling – I didn’t care,
An act of desperation, I was awoken,
How long had I felt this broken?,
Small & lonely in the deep crushing ocean,
Waves and waves in downward motions,
Deeper, darker pushing into the depths,
No light, floating, can’t take a breath,
Tingling feelings begin to simmer,
The light going out, life is dimmer,
This wasn’t what I had intended,
I’d played a game at life – pretended,
Rushing with guilt and shame,
I can’t put them through this pain,
Reflection, exception, courage and hope,
Struggling to make sense and cope,
I am fighting a war, on the front line,
Life is a battle, no winning line…
The break of dawn, I am still here,
My cheek is wet, I feel a tear,
Life is precious, life is great,
No room for judgement, power or hate,
I am not alone, I am stronger now,
I love my scars.

ChEWS Waiting Times

  • 17 weeks for Counselling support
  • 31 weeks for direct support with an Emotional Health Worker
  • 21 weeks for Group work
  • 30 weeks for direct support with a Senior Practitioner

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


“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” ~ Winston Churchill

Group of Feet in a Circle

Workshops for Children and Young People and their Parents/Carers

Why not attend one of our weekly workshops aimed at raising awareness and knowledge on a range of emotional health concerns. Take the opportunity to develop self-care skills, learn new coping strategies, meet others and share your experiences in a relaxed environment. Please click the link below to find out more or book a place on workshops that will be available over the next few months.

Singing for the soul

Are you 11-18? Interested in making new friends, learning new skills and boosting your confidence? Come join the Singing for the Soul group and learn how to sing your way to happiness. The group is every Tuesday (term time only) 4-5:30pm from 10th of September at S2R Create Space, 5-7 Brook St, Huddersfield, HD1 1EB. To get involved or for more information, please contact Alex Feather 01484 343150 or via alex.feather1@swyt.nhs.uk

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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