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September 2021


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.

The Little Book of Resilience
by Cheryl Rickman

Front Cover image of the book The Little Book of Resilience by Cheryl Rickman
Recommended
by Rosa

A little book about strengthening ourselves, mentally, emotionally, and physically, how to increase our resilience and, most importantly, maintain it. Discover how to utilize your skills and strengths to cope and recover from problems and setbacks and learn to recognize unhealthy coping mechanisms. These helpful exercises and tips will encourage you to find purpose, have faith in your abilities, embrace change, establish goals, and nurture yourself. Practical advice for anyone whose life isn't all plain sailing - which at one time or another is all of us.

Sing with us & Shine

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Join Young Creative Minds' FREE singing groups for people aged 11-18 who are from Kirklees, Wakefield, Calderdale and Barnsley and who want to have fun and improve their wellbeing. You don’t need any previous singing experience.

For more information, click here to view their leaflet.

#HelloYellow

Join thousands of schools, offices and communities on Friday, 8th October by taking part in #HelloYellow, raising vital funds through donations to support the work of Young Minds. Let's wear something yellow and show young people they're not alone with their mental health!

https://www.youngminds.org.uk/support-us/fundraising/helloyellow/

ChEWS Waiting Times

  • 15 weeks for Counselling support
  • 29.4 weeks for direct support with an Emotional Health Worker
  • 20.5 weeks for direct support with a Senior Practitioner

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

Resilience in a Difficult Time

Resilience

Life’s Journey is not always plain sailing and we set ourselves up for failure if we expect life to always work the way we want to. For the most part, things do go according to plan, but there are instances, such as the recent pandemic, when things do not go according to plan, or expectations and we must adapt accordingly. One way to help manage this situation is to try and look at the positive in every situation to help develop a growth mindset. Another is to consider what changes or crucial conversations can be had to make the situation easier. The following in addition to being real and practical can help develop resilience.

7 C’s of Resilience

Competence: When we notice what young people are doing right and give them opportunities to develop important skills, they feel competent. We undermine competence when we do not allow young people to recover themselves after a fall.

Confidence: Young people need confidence to be able to navigate the world, think outside the box, and recover from challenges.

Connection: Connections with other people, schools, and communities offer young people the security that allows them to stand on their own and develop creative solutions.

Character: Young people need a clear sense of right and wrong and a commitment to integrity.

Contribution: Young people who contribute to the well-being of others will receive gratitude rather than condemnation. They will learn that contributing feels good and may therefore more easily turn to others and do so without shame.

Coping: Young people who possess a variety of healthy coping strategies will be less likely to turn to dangerous quick fixes when stressed.

Control: Young people who understand privileges and respect are earned through demonstrated responsibility will learn to make wise choices and feel a sense of control.

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 in The Northorpe Centre at Packhorse Shopping Centre, Huddersfield on Thursday 23rd September 2021 from 10am-12pm.

Click here to sign up to attend

#LetsTalkAboutSelfHarm

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.

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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.

Factoid!

Resilience is the ability to adapt to difficult situations. When stress, adversity, or trauma strikes, you still experience anger, grief, and pain, but you're able to keep functioning — both physically and psychologically.

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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.

Create

Join Create

Create is a supportive social group for young people with learning difficulties (and other additional needs).

We currently have spaces in our Junior Group for ages 8-12. The group runs on a Weds evening 5-6.30pm in term time, activities include craft, games, chatting, painting and generally having fun!

Please contact Northorpe Hall and ask to speak to the Create Project Leader to find out more.

"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)

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 at the times stated.

Lydia, Naz and Hannah look forward to seeing you at the Self – Care Station!

Chathealth

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

https://youtu.be/sq4-RVtO0D4

For parent/carers: 07520 618867

For young people aged 11-19: 07520 618866

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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