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November 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 Zones of Regulation
by Leah M. Kuypers

Front Cover image of the book The Zones of Regulation by Leah M. Kuypers
by Rosa

The Zones of Regulation is a curriculum geared toward helping students gain skills in consciously regulating their actions, which in turn leads to increased control and problem-solving abilities. Using a cognitive behaviour approach, the curriculum’s learning activities are designed to help students recognise when they are in different states called “zones,” with each of four zones represented by a different colour. In the activities, students also learn how to use strategies or tools to stay in a zone or move from one to another. Students explore calming techniques, cognitive strategies, and sensory supports so they will have a toolbox of methods to use to move between zones. To deepen students’ understanding of how to self-regulate, the lessons set out to teach students these skills: how to read others’ facial expressions and recognise a broader range of emotions, perspective about how others see and react to their behaviour, insight into events that trigger their less regulated states, and when and how to use tools and problem solving skills. (Courtesy of Amazon)

ChEWS Waiting Times

  • 7.7 weeks for Counselling support
  • 17.1 weeks for direct support with an Emotional Health Worker
  • 25.1 weeks for direct support with a Senior Practitioner

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

Emotions and Feelings

Emotions and Feelings

We all experience a wide range of emotions and they are all valid as there is no such thing as a bad emotion, not even anger. It only becomes difficult when it gets out of control and impacts our daily functioning and possibly the safety of self and others. Emotions can be hard to describe when one minute we can be happy and then feel incredibly sad and these concepts can vary from one person to another. It is a very abstract concept and therefore when dealing with abstract concepts it is useful to find ways to make it easier to convey and understand. For some people rather than explaining how they are feeling, it is easier to give it a numerical value. For example, rating how they are on a scale of 0-10 with 0 being rubbish and 10 being good. It may also be easier to use emoticons to indicate these emotions and begin to develop emotional intelligence by understanding our own emotions and those of others. Another way we can help our emotional intelligence is by showing gratitude and optimism in addition to focusing on the positive things however small which can help our overall emotional wellbeing.

Chill 'n' Chat

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Chill N Chat is starting again where parents can drop into the barn at Northorpe Hall to discuss any concerns and get advice and support around challenges facing their children and young people’s emotional and mental wellbeing. Apologies in advance for not being able to offer refreshments owing to current restrictions but friendly staff still available for a chat.

The next Chill 'n' Chat will be held in the Barn at Northorpe Hall, Mirfield on Thursday 19th November from 10am-12pm.

Click here to sign up to attend


Please see the link below to learn more about Chathealth, a text service available for young people and parents/carers through Thriving Kirklees.


For parent/carers: 07520 618867

For young people aged 11-19: 07520 618866


There is currently no scientific consensus on a definition. Emotions are often intertwined with mood, temperament, personality, disposition, creativity and motivation.

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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.

Youth Voice - Poem from a Young Person


Resilience Drop In

Every Tuesday at Northorpe Hall, Mirfield

First Drop in - 4:30pm to 5:30pm (Ages 11-14)

Second Drop in – 6pm to 7pm (Ages 15-18)

Northorpe Hall are offering a Resilience Drop in for those young people who are currently waiting for support. The drop in includes some check in time, getting to know one another and has a focus each week to build on your emotional resilience. This could include strategies around anxiety, low mood, anger, self-harm and more. The drop ins offer a fun and engaging way of looking how your brain works and how to manage in times of distress. We aim to make it an inviting safe space to come and relax, learn more about yourself and hopefully make some friends at the same time!

We hope to see you there soon

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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