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May 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 Mindfulness
by Dr Patrizia Collard

by Rosa

This book has different mindfulness activities. Bring these simple 5- and 10-minute practices into your day to find freedom from stress and ultimately, more peace in your life.


Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations. Mindfulness is the art of creating space between ourselves and our reactions; the art of pausing and paying attention to the now moment.

Mindfulness is a major enabler - a tool that can help us manage and cope better with life, as well as enjoy it more. The benefits of mindfulness include:

  • Increased enjoyment of life as we focus on what is happening now
  • Lower stress levels and reduced capacity to get stressed
  • Improved performance as it helps concentration
  • Reduced anxiety
  • Better emotional self-regulation
  • Better perspective

Here's how to practise mindfulness and live our lives more mindfully. There are two steps to mindfulness: the pause, slowing down and stopping and then focussed attention and connection, noticing the now and coming home to ourselves, our surroundings and our experiences.

Service Update

You may have noticed that we have been posting new daily wellbeing activities on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts. We hope that you have tried out some of these activities and we hope that you have found them useful! Life in lockdown is tough! How are you coping? We’d love for you to get in touch and tell us how you and your family are coping with the changes. Is there anything that you are doing that you are finding helpful? Please share your thoughts with us! We’d also like to know what you think about the daily wellbeing activities, are there any improvements that we can make to these? Any feedback is always appreciated. Send your feedback to info@northorpehall.co.uk

Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week (18th-24th May) is being hosted by the Mental Health Foundation with the theme of kindness. Ideas and activities can be accessed here.

ChEWS Waiting Times

  • 24.1 weeks for Counselling support
  • 31.6 weeks for direct support with an Emotional Health Worker
  • 9.5 weeks for Group work
  • 31.1 weeks for direct support with a Senior Practitioner

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


Our breath is an indicator of our mood and our mood is an indicator of our breath. This means that if we change how we breathe we can change our mood. It also means that when our mood changes so does our breath.

Group of Feet in a Circle

Video workshops for children young people and their Parents/Carers

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 and their parents/carers. 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.

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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