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February 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 Mindfulness
by Dr Patrizia Collard

Front Cover image of the book The Little Book of Mindfulness by Dr Patrizia Collard
by Rosa

Mindfulness is the easy way to gently let go of stress and be in the moment. As we strive for peace and calm, the book offers simple 5/10 minute practices to help reduce stress because, if now is okay then everything is okay

ChEWS Waiting Times

  • 13.7 weeks for Counselling support
  • 17 weeks for direct support with an Emotional Health Worker
  • 17.1 weeks for direct support with a Senior Practitioner

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

Beating the Blues

New Year Fresh Start

Winter, which is usually quite difficult with the cold and dark nights is not made any easier this year with the restrictions brought about by the coronavirus situation. Here are some suggestions on how to beat the blues!

Get more light!

If the winter blues is about lack of daylight, it's no surprise that treatment usually involves getting more light into your life. If you feel low in winter, get outside as often as you can, especially on bright days. Sitting by a window can also help. People also use special lamps.

Eat yourself happier!

It's also important to eat well during the winter. Winter blues can make you crave sugary foods and carbohydrates such as chocolate, pasta and bread, but don't forget to include plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables in your diet.

Get active!

There's another weapon against the seasonal slump: keeping active. Activity is believed to change the level of the mood-regulating chemical serotonin in the brain. It can also help by getting out of the house for a change of scenery.Further information can be found on our website; https://www.northorpehall.co.uk/

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. Apologies in advance for not being able to offer regular in person groups owing to current restrictions but friendly staff are still available for an online chat.

The next Chill 'n' Chat will be held Online via Zoom on Wednesday 24th March 2021 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.


Lots of people can struggle with their mood in winter, suffering from the "winter blues". The medical name for this winter depression is seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

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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.

“Self-Care Station”

(Formerly known as Resilience Drop In)

We have a name for our drop in’s – this will now be known as the “Self -Care Station” – they are the drop in’s still but just with a name

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 & Alex look forward to seeing you at the Self – Care Station!


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

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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