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January 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 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. In addition to articles, we could possibly add drawings and poems. We welcome any suggestions as to topics you would like to see in future newsletter and any personal recommendations of websites.

IKIGAI - The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life
by Hector Garcia & Francesca Miralles

by Rosa

The people of Japan believe that everyone has an ikigai – a reason to jump out of bed each morning. And, unsurprisingly, finding that reason is the key to a long, happy, fulfilling life. This beautiful little book is your own mini guide to finding your own ikigai and will inspire you to pursue it no matter what. Maybe it's painting. Maybe it's cooking. Maybe it's taking care of that one special someone. Whatever it is, this warm, patient, reassuring book breaks everything down into achievable and believable steps so that you really can be on the path to pursuing more joy in your everyday life.

Young Person's Voice for January

"Northorpe Hall has helped me a lot. I have gained my confidence and they helped me cope and deal with different situations I have gone through. Since I have had their support and help, I have gone back to karate, finished high school and got through the most difficult time ever. I appreciate all they do and how much they do for me. None of them gave up on me when I wanted to. They helped me come back from it and right now I’m finally getting back on track with my life."


Leap into the New Year

The New Year is always a good opportunity to reflect and evaluate where you are and where you want to be. Often the tendency is to focus on the negative, so a good idea might be to start collecting a jar of good memories at the beginning of the year which will make this activity at the end of 2020 more positive. We always start the year with good intentions and a list of things we want to change, which we then beat ourselves up about when we fail. It is good to have a plan, but for that plan to be realistic and not the end of the world if it does not happen quite as expected. Focus this year on enjoying the moment, smelling the roses along the way and being kind to ourselves and others understanding that we cannot control others, but we can control our response to events so that it does not impact our wellbeing.

Chill 'n' Chat

chill n chat poster All are welcome to drop in for a chat at The Northorpe Barn, Northorpe Hall in Mirfield on Wednesday 26th of February 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 for some additional pampering and self-care!

Weekly Self-Care Drop In for Young People

All young people awaiting services through ChEWS or CAMHS are invited to attend a drop in that will be running every Tuesday evening from the 4th February. This will be a relaxed group where young people can meet others, talk to workers and build emotional resilience through a self-care focus each week.

There will be 2 groups:

  • Ages 11-14 from 4.30-5.30pm
  • Ages 15-18 from 6.00-7.00pm

Both groups will run at Northorpe Hall Child and Family Trust, Mirfield. We look forward to meeting some of you there.

Safety Nets

Are you aged 11-14, waiting for support with ChEWS or CAMHS and are interested in learning more about how you can help keep yourself physically and emotionally well?

Safety Nets is a new 8 week programme in partnership with CAMHS, Kirklees Active Leisure and Huddersfield Town Foundation. In each session you will spend time doing some physical activity then look at what helps us to stay emotionally well too.

If you would be interested in learning more about this group please call Northorpe Hall on 01924 492183 and ask about Safety Nets.


Julius Caesar, Ruler of the Roman Empire became the modern day Father of Leap Year. Caesar felt it was time to recognize that winter truly existed and created a 12-month, 365-day calendar based off that of the Egyptians. This new calendar was fabulous for a few years, but it was slowly realized that the earth actually has 365.24 days per year as opposed to 365. To correct this, Caesar instituted a Leap Year once every four years to ensure the man-made and solar calendars stayed aligned.

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.

There is an additional parent/carer session being offered around Supporting Sleep - Understanding the science of sleep, challenges faced due to lack of sleep and suggestions on how to improve our sleep.

ChEWS Waiting Times

  • 11.2 weeks for Counselling support
  • 37.5 weeks for direct support with an Emotional Health Worker
  • 20.6 weeks for Group work
  • 22.3 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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