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January 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.

Live well and stress-free - A practical guide to well-being
by Patricia Furness-Smith

Front Cover image of the book Live well and stress-free - A practical guide to well-being by Patricia Furness-Smith
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by Rosa

Be pro-active this year in living well and maintain positive well-being. Have more energy by adopting quality sleep patterns. Maximise your mental and physical well-being by learning to manage your stress levels. Full of expert practical advice, case studies and tips, this practical guide should enable you to achieve positive well-being this year.

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.

Creative Arts Research Opportunity

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ChEWS Waiting Times

  • 32.6 weeks for Counselling support
  • 39.6 weeks for direct support with an Emotional Health Worker
  • 34.1 weeks for direct support with a Senior Practitioner

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

New Year, Fresh Start!

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Too often we allow our thoughts to wander to things of the past, which have the potential to hinder our present and obstruct our future. These can consist of regrets, guilt, shame or worries about actions and deeds from ourselves or others.

If we choose to dwell on these thoughts, they can then impact mood and anxiety levels. The key word is “choose”. We do not have to let unwanted painful thoughts take us on an unpleasant journey. We are in control of our thoughts and deeds.

So, this year, rein in those unwanted thoughts and do not allow them to impact your well-being. Determine to have an attitude of gratitude, look for the positive in every day and choose to be kind to ourselves and others in our words and actions.

Take the plunge and try something new, something you have never done before and always wanted to try. So be determined to let go of the things of the past and move forward towards a future full of hope and promise.

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 Barn, at Northorpe Hall in Mirfield on Wednesday 26th January 2022 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.

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:

0300 2003900

Text:

07984392700

Visit their website

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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!

The month of January derives its name from a two-faced God named Janus. Janus’ one face looked forward while the other looked backward.

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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)

From February, The Self-Care Station will also take place 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.

Nazia, Charlotte and Clayton 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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