Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

Over the course of our life, mental health problems can affect how we think, our mood, and behaviour. Positive mental health allows people to:

  • Realise their full potential
  • Cope with the stresses of life
  • Work productively
  • Make meaningful contributions to their communities

Different agencies in Calderdale provide a range of support for children, young people and adults to improve and maintain their emotional health and well-being.

The Yorkshire and Humber Forensic CAMHS are a regional Forensic Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service that works with children and young people whose behaviour may be of concern to professionals, their families and/or their communities. The service is made up of four local NHS Trusts.

Yorkshire And Humber Forensic CAMHS

  • South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust
  • Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
  • Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust

They cover:

  • Barnsley
  • Bassetlaw
  • Bradford
  • Calderdale
  • Craven
  • Doncaster
  • East Riding of Yorkshire
  • Hambleton
  • Harrogate
  • Hull
  • Kirklees
  • Leeds
  • North Lincolnshire
  • Richmondshire
  • Rotherham
  • Ryedale
  • Scarborough
  • Selby
  • Sheffield
  • Wakefield
  • York

In addition to support services, The Calderdale Mental Health Crisis Card has been produced in response to the death of a very young child by suicide and as part of our work in Calderdale to reduce suicides.

The contact sheet folds up into a handy pocket-sized card with information about key services in Calderdale that can help someone in a mental health emergency. A mental health emergency often leaves people feeling unable to cope with day-to-day life. Experiencing emotional distress such as anxiety, low mood or thinking about suicide or self-harm can occur at any time and for many reasons. 

The card covers a broad range of key services and support for adults, children and young people.