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July 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 Happiness Bible
by Cheryl Rickman

Front Cover image of the book The Happiness Bible by Cheryl Rickman
by Rosa

This is a complete overview on how to improve and sustain your emotional well-being through looking at feelings and how they affect us, especially negative worrying thoughts. Although we think of happiness as being elusive and possibly unattainable, this book promotes the idea that the more positive our outlook, the more manageable our lives. It has useful sections on key ingredients to improve positivity through simple activities and techniques to help you flourish and thrive, not just survive.

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.


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

  • 15.1 weeks for Counselling support
  • 28.1 weeks for direct support with an Emotional Health Worker
  • 21.5 weeks for direct support with a Senior Practitioner

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

Moving Forward

Moving Forward

We have been going through a very difficult time recently, with a mixture of both good and bad outcomes. During lockdown, many children and young people found being at home more relaxing with not being at school and engaging in online learning. With parents/carers working from home, there were opportunities to slow down and spend quality time together.

Admittedly, there were some who found this much harder and needed the familiarity and structure of being able to get out and do their usual routines. Not being able to visit family and friends and engage in our usual activities was also very difficult.

Now that some restrictions have lifted and we are heading towards life as we know it, there is the impact of more change as we move forward. Hopefully, we will do this by applying some of the lessons learnt like taking more time to look after ourselves and spending quality time with loved ones. People have coined the phrase a “better normal”.

This is what resilience is all about, acknowledging our feelings, adapting to change, and making the most of every opportunity moving forward.

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 on Thursday 22nd July 2021 from 10am-12pm.

Click here to sign up to attend

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



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.


From the Webster Dictionary

Resilience - an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change

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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.


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.

Jo, Lydia & Annrose look forward to seeing you at the Self – Care Station!

Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service Survey

Funders of young people and family mental health services want to hear your views. Please complete this anonymous survey - https://nhcft.uk/CS. The last question is a free text box where you can explain your experience of support and the difference it made to your wellbeing – if any. Thanks for helping shape the future of young people and family mental health services.

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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