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June 2022

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 Rosa Forrest. Also please let us know if you have any suggestions of topics you would like to see in future newsletters.

Blame My Brain
by Nicola Morgan

Front Cover image of the book Blame My Brain by Nicola Morgan
by Rosa

Blurb - Scientific research shows what parents have long suspected, that the teenage brain IS special. From taking risks to sleeping late, gender differences to low mood with uncontrollable emotions, this book tells you everything you need to know about the biology and psychology behind the behaviour.


Did you know that at least 1 in 12 young people will self-harm at some point in their lives? Self-harm can be a very secretive behaviour and something that people can find very difficult to talk about. Through the campaign #LetsTalkAboutSelfHarm we want to raise awareness, increase understanding, get people talking and promote helpful responses.

Visit our website for more information and resources.

Positive Minds


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

ChEWS Waiting Times

  • 30.3 weeks for Counselling support
  • 45.4 weeks for direct support with an Emotional Health Worker
  • 47.1 weeks for direct support with a Senior Practitioner

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

Teenage Brain

teenage brain

Teenagers are going through a lot of changes and expected to manage a lot of difficult social situations including exams. For many families it can be a trying time of walking on egg shells, being careful not to say and do the wrong thing, while trying to understand the emotional and often dramatic behaviour on display. Understanding what is going on can certainly help everyone to manage the bumpy road called adolescence towards adulthood with love and reassuring words. This can be done by looking at what happens to the brain. When adolescence starts, we go through our second period of increased brain activity and huge brain changes. The first having occurred as a toddler. This means that the part of the brain where emotions live, is developed first, which is the reason for so many emotional melt downs and tears. The part of the brain at the front where we process functions like reasoning, problem solving, short term memory, planning and impulse control, develops last.

Research has shown that this process can last until around aged 25, yet we are treating teens as though they have formed adult brains from a much younger age. We move from the Terrible Twos to Traumatic Teens on the road to Amazing Adulthood!

Chill 'n' Chat

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Chill N Chat is a group to discuss any concerns and get advice and support around challenges facing their children and young people’s emotional and mental wellbeing.

The next Chill 'n' Chat will be held at The Northorpe Centre in The Packhorse Shopping Centre, Huddersfield on Tuesday 21st June 2022 from 10am-12pm.

Click here to sign up to attend

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Kooth is an online support service providing self-help and online counselling for children and young people aged 11-18. To access the service visit the site www.kooth.com and sign up with your location as Kirklees.

Night OWLS

Night OWLS is a confidential support line for children and young people in crisis. Helping them, their parents and carers living in Bradford, Leeds, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield.

If a child or young person you care for is in a crisis contact Night OWLS. This service is for ALL families including those with children/young people who are Looked After, Adopted or with any additional needs. They're available 8pm-8am

Call this number for free:

0800 148 8244



Visit their website


Definition of ‘adolescence’

From the World Health Organisation: Adolescence is the period in human growth and development that occurs after childhood and before adulthood, from ages 10 to 19. It represents one of the critical transitions in the life span and is characterised by a tremendous pace in growth and change that is second only to that of infancy.

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Workshops for children, young people and their Parents/Carers

We offer a range of workshops online and face to face to explore a number of common mental health concerns providing information and useful things to try to support. Please click the link below to book onto sessions available for children and young people and their parents/carers. For online sessions we will be using Zoom 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.

Emotional Health and Wellbeing Drop-In

We now have some drop-in sessions available for young people who are known to ChEWS and CAMHS within Kirklees. This may be on a young person on a waiting list or with an allocated worker. Young people can access the drop in’s as and when they choose whilst known to a service.

There are 2 different types of drop in as follows:

"Creative Space"

Mondays from 7th March HOOT, Bates Mill, Milford Street, Huddersfield, HD1 3DX

4-30pm-7:30pm (Ages 11-18)

This drop in is a safe space where young people can come and relax, meet others and have the opportunity to engage in creative activities as a way to express themselves and explore the use of creativity as part of self-care. There will be artists and mental health workers at the group who will explore the available resources with young people. Young people will be able to participate as much or as little as they wish to and arrive and leave throughout the session. This is a creative space open to young people to drop in and out of during the time frame of 4:30 and 7:30, not a structured session requiring that time for attendance.

"Self-Care Station"

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)

Every Thursday at The Packhorse Centre, Huddersfield.

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 self-care 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 and the importance of self-care – looking after yourself! This could include strategies to help manage anxiety, low mood, anger, self-harm and building relationships with others. It can also offer a safe space to talk and explore what may be holding you back. Please note these sessions are for young people only and not parents.

The Self-Care Station offers a relaxed and engaging way of learning new ways to help manage and cope when life feels difficult. We aim to make it an inviting safe space to come and relax, learn more about yourself and meet others who may be experiencing the same difficulties. You don’t need to book on, just turn up at Northorpe Hall or at our space in The Packhorse Centre at the times stated.

Kirklees Local Offer Events

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 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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