Mental Health, Substance Misuse and Stress of carers

Tuesday 22nd June 2021

Live Sessions

Parental Mental Health and Impact on Children

Aim of Session: South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust (SWYPFT) explore the impact of mental health problems on parenting capacity to respond to the developmental needs of children, provide an understanding of how symptoms and medication might impact on parenting capacity. To understand the process of assessing risk to children and to improve multiagency collaboration, assessment and interventions to support parents and their children

Time: 9:30am – 12:00noon

Length of Session: 2 hours and 30 minutes

How to Book/Access the Session: Please email to book onto this session. You will get sent an MS Team invite on booking. Any last-minute bookings, please email

Self-Neglect Training

Aim of Session: To increase understanding and awareness of possible underlying causes of self-neglect, identifying self-neglect, the interface with hoarding, capacity assessments in relation to self-neglect, the interface with safeguarding, what works in managing self-neglect and multi-agency guidance on risk assessment and decision-making. This training highlights learning from a local Safeguarding Adult Review into the death of a Calderdale man who has a history of declining services and considers how to manage risks and tensions when individuals choose not to follow professional advice or choose lifestyles which significantly impact on their physical and emotional wellbeing or which presents a risk to others. It also covers managing the risks and tension between safeguarding interventions and the self-determination rights of individuals.

Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm

Length of Session: 3 hours

How to Book/Access the session: Please prebook through the Calderdale Safeguarding Training LMS Enable

The Role of Advocacy in Safeguarding: Ensuring People’s Voices are Heard

Aim of Session: Calderdale Advocacy Service will provide an overview of when an advocate may get involved in a safeguarding enquiry and what the role involves.

Time: 10.30am – 11.00am

Length of Session: 30 minutes

How to Book/Access the Session: Please join this MS Teams Meeting

Introduction to Sleep Tight Course

Aim of Session: To share an awareness and understanding of the 5 week face to face or 3 week zoom sleep tight course from North Halifax Partnership.

Time: 10.30am – 11.30am

Length of Session: 1 hour

How to Book/Access the Training: Please join this Zoom Meeting (Password: 507943)

Access on the day – contact or if you need further information

Audience: Aimed at professionals and members of the public

Children & Young People’s Mental Health

Aim of Session: Interactive presentation by Time out from Healthy Minds Calderdale, to look at ways to encourage positive mental health and wellbeing in children & young people.

Time of session: 10:30am -11.30am

Length of Session: 1 hour

How to Book/Access the Session: Please join this Zoom Meeting (Password: 812845). Please access on the day (no late admissions).

Multi-Agency Pregnancy Liaison and Assessment Group (MAPLAG)

Aim of Session: Overview of the MAPLAG Service, its origins and purpose, which supports parents who substance misuse during pregnancy, and at risk of domestic abuse.

Time of session: 11.00am – 11.30pm

Length of Session: 30 minutes

How to Book/Access the Session: Please join this MS Teams Meeting

Substance Misuse in Pregnancy

Aim of Session: Overview of the role of the Substance Misuse Specialist Midwife.

Time of session: 11.30am – 12.00pm

Length of Session: 30 minutes

How to Book/Access the session: Please join this MS Teams Meeting


Aim of Session: Interactive presentation by Healthy Minds Calderdale, to understand key principles around self-care in your professional role.

Time of session: 11:30pm – 12.30pm

Length of Session: 1 hour

How to Book/Access the Session: Please join this Zoom Meeting (Password: 163937). Please access on the day (no late admissions).

Support for Concerned Others

Aim of Session: Delivered by Substance Misuse Service to identify the needs of those supporting someone who is using drugs or alcohol

Time: 1.00pm -1.30pm

Length of Session: 30 minutes

How to Book/Access Meeting: Please join this Zoom Meeting

Understanding and Working with Childhood and Adolescent Worry

Aim of Session: The Mental Health Support Team will explore the process of worry and anxiety and how it can affect young people. It offers simple and memorable ideas techniques for our learners to use in order to better approach, understand and manage worrisome/anxious thoughts and what help might support the Young Person.

Time: 1.00pm -3.00pm

Length of Session: 2 Hours

How to Book/Access the Training: Please join this Zoom Meeting (Password: Training)

Impact of substance misuse on parenting

Aim of Session: Delivered by Substance Misuse Service to understand how the use of drugs and alcohol can negatively impact parenting

Time: 2.00pm-3.00pm

Length of Session: 1 hour

How to Book/Access the Session: Please join this Zoom Meeting (ID: 646 7144 6602, Password: 882697)

Hidden Harm, Young People and Substance misuse/ current trends

Aim of Session: Delivered by Substance Misuse Service to increase knowledge around Hidden Harm, young people’s substance use and the impact on families.

Time of session: 3.00pm – 4.00pm

Length of Session: 1 hour

How to Book/Access Meeting: Please join this Zoom Meeting (ID: 635 4641 1512, Password: 454520)

Introducing ICON

Aim of Session: This session with introduce ICON, a programme which has been developed to reinforce simple messages to parents and carers regarding how to cope with infant crying. The target of ICON is to reduce the incidence of Abusive Head Trauma triggered by crying, therefore this session will provide you with an overall understanding of this programme and how you in your professional capacity, can identify parents/carers who may be struggling and signpost them to the correct support.

Time: 3:00pm-4:00pm

Length of Session: 40 – 60 minutes

How to Book/Access the Training: Please join this MS Teams meeting


Children’s Mental Health

REALTIMETALK have produced an editors cut film for Children’s Mental Health week, by Geoff Brokate and Verd de gris arts, working with young people from across the Calder Valley (approximately 30 minutes). It features the films:

  • Me, Poetry and the Crisis Point
  • Me, a GPS and the Failing Government
  • I Am Not My Tourettes
  • Me, Fluidity & Unsocial Media

Kooth’s ‘Don’t Do it Alone’ Campaign is aimed at young people who are experiencing mental health problems (approximately 2 minutes). For extra resources, visit the campaign resources page, which includes handy guides on talking to young people about mental health, social media images, and some of Kooth’s promotional materials.

An animated short film called ‘The Invisible Suitcase’ from Child Bereavement UK, designed to help bereaved children and families to understand their grief and how to manage it. (Less than 2 minutes).

Adult Mental Health

In this video, Mental Health Foundation asked members of the public about their most significant struggles in life. (Approximately 2 minutes).

According to research, around 1 in 10 adults hear voices in their heads as a result of one of a number of mental illnesses, including Schizophrenia. The Voices In My Head is a ground breaking documentary taking viewers in to their world, following the lives of 3 voice hearers through a hybrid of observational documentary and audio reconstruction. (Approximately 7 minutes and 30 seconds).

This short film is about Mental Health Trauma and PTSD. (Approximately 20 minutes).

Young mums are at increased risk of isolation and depression, this video explores one young mum’s story. (Approximately 2 minutes).

This is Keith Oliver’s story, about young onset dementia. (Approximately 9 minutes).

This video is ‘Frank’s Story’; Frank is 74 who has dementia. He talks about his life and ways to remember things. (Approximately 5 minutes).

Substance Misuse

These videos show you how to use a Naloxone Kit, which is a drug used to treat a person who has overdosed on opiate drugs.


This Local film features children and young people from different backgrounds and cultures across Calderdale, discussing the immediate effects of lockdown, the closure of schools and the impact of self-isolation. (Approximately 10 minutes and 30 seconds).

Useful Links and Resources

Mental Health Awareness

Every Mind Matters offers parents and Children and Young People (aged 12-18) well-being support. Other charities that work to support children include Young Minds and Childline.

University students can access university student support services through Student Space.

MindEd has over 500 online learning sessions on child and family development and mental health that are open for anyone to use.

The Proud Trust is an organisation that helps LGBT+ young people empower themselves, to make a positive change for themselves, and their communities.

This News Article highlights research around the number of teenage children attempting suicide.

Mental Health Foundation explores how different ethnic groups have different rates and experiences of mental health problems.

Andys Mans Club offers mental health support to men in the form of ‘clubs’ and a national online group.

Calderdale Mental Health Crisis Cards have been produced in response to the death of a very young child by suicide and as part of the work in Calderdale to reduce suicides. The contact sheet folds up into a handy pocket-sized card with information about a broad range of key services and support in Calderdale that can help an adult or child in a mental health emergency.

Recovery College works with adults around mental health and wellbeing.

Kooth is a free, safe anonymous online counselling and support service. Young people can access Kooth’s counselling service, self-help resources, peer to peer forums and interesting articles written by young people for young people.

Open Minds Partnership website offers a wide range of advice and support to Young People, parents/carers and professionals about child mental health.

Substance Misuse

Calderdale Recovery Steps supports adults in Calderdale who would like to reduce or stop their drug or alcohol use.

Calderdale Branching Out supports young people aged 10 -21 years old who live in Calderdale to make informed choices about drug, alcohol and tobacco use.

Young Minds offers help and advice to parents who are concerned about their child’s substance use. Their expert briefing also provides further information on childhood adversity, substance misuse and young people’s mental health. It suggests ways of making local services trauma-informed, and better able to meet the mental health needs relating to substance misuse

FRANK offers a wide range of advice and support including a 24 hour helpline and honest information about drugs.

Carers Support

A carer is defined as someone who is supporting a relative, friend or neighbour who cannot manage without help due to illness or disability.

Calderdale Carers is a charity working across Calderdale to help meet the needs of adult carers.

Calderdale Young Carers Service work with children and young people to try to minimise the impact that their caring role has on them. It is for those aged 8 to 18 years, who live with someone who has: an illness or disability; or a mental health or substance misuse issue.


Please take the opportunity to share your thoughts and evaluate resources that you have accessed during Safeguarding Week 2021.

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