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If you are a parent or carer, we hope you will find the web links below useful.















Emotional Well-Being

During this time, many of us may be experiencing a range of emotions. To support young people with this, Young Minds have released this information: 


As adults, it is also important for us to take care of ourselves. This website may be useful: 


You may also find information on the following website particularly useful. The Young Minds A-Z covers a wide-range of areas including anxiety, anger, gender identity, divorce, self-esteem and much more. It is available on our website or via the direct link below:


Please note there is also a Parent Contact section that includes a telephone number as well as contact form:  


Corona virus social stories


Elsa Support Corona stories


Helping children understand coronavirus -'The%20Crisis%20Kit’



Adult wellbeing


Coronavirus, how to protect your mental health –


Other useful links and resources

ADHD Foundation -


Anna Freud - is a children's charity dedicated to providing training & support for child mental health services;


B-EAT – Website providing advice and support for eating disorders;


Blurt – Website increasing awareness and understanding of depression;


BRAKE – The road safety charity;


British Association for Anger Management (BAAM) – Provides support for those struggling with anger;


Build Sound Minds – is a campaign for improving young people's emotional wellbeing. They offer advice on how to support children and personal self-care. Explores how to help children understand their feelings, and what they can do to manage them;


Bullying UK – Part of Family Lives providing advice and support around bullying for all ages;


Calm - Support for young men;


Calm Harm App – A phone app providing help for young people who use self-harm as a coping strategy;


CBT Self-help – Self-help resources;


Child Bereavement UK - supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement;


Childhood Bereavement Network - is the hub for those working with bereaved children, young people and their families across the UK.


Child Line – 24/7 support service via phone and online chat; 0800 1111 (

COPMI (Children of Parents with a mental illness)- Promoting better outcomes for children and families where a parent experiences mental illness;


CRUSE – Bereavement support for families 0808 8081677 with HOPE AGAIN for young people


Ditch the Label – is one of the largest anti-bullying charities in the world, working endlessly to end bullying and to support young people aged 12-25;


Elefriends – A safe online forum for young people struggling with issues


Elsa Support – Resources around managing emotions for primary children;


Epic Friends - Mental health issues with young people are common. This site is all about helping young people help their friends who might be struggling to cope emotionally;


ERIC – Information on bladder and bowel issues;


ESCAYP – counselling and therapeutic play for young people aged 3-21 years across West Yorkshire (01274 878117)

Every Mind Matters - Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. There are simple things we can all do to look after our mental health and wellbeing – take our quiz to get started today with a free plan, expert advice and practical tips.


Family Lives – Parenting and family support;


HandsOn - provides help and practical advice for supporting children and young people's mental health and emotional wellbeing;


Heads Together – Website bringing together partner charities to tackle mental health issues head on;

They also have a help line;


Healthy Place – A website providing information about various mental health issues;


Hearing Voices Network – A small national charity raising awareness and providing information about hearing voices;


Internet Matters – Support for parents around internet safety;


Jessica Kingsley Publishers – Publishing website with resources for autism and other related conditions;


Karma Nirvana – Supporting victims of honour-based abuse:


Mental Health Foundation - is a UK charity, whose mission is "to help people to thrive through understanding, protecting, and sustaining their mental health."


Mind – The mental health charity providing support and advice;


MindEd - Online courses around different mental health issues and support for families;


Mood Café – Information and resources to promote mental health;


Mood Juice - a website with self-help resources supporting young people’s emotional and mental wellbeing;

My Happy Mind - helps primary schools, nurseries, and families to create a positive mental wellbeing culture in which children build resilience, self-esteem, and character;


National Autistic Society -


National Self Harm Network – Providing resources and a forum to support people who self-harm;


NHS Self-help Leaflets – Self-help leaflets covering a variety of mental wellbeing issues;


Not fine in school - is a parent-led organisation supporting families experiencing school refusal & attendance difficulties & raising awareness of related issues;


NSPCC – Supporting young people in every area of their lives; 0808 800 5000

OCD UK – The national OCD charity, run by and for people with lived experience of OCD;


PACE (Parents against child sexual exploitation) – helps parents fight to keep their children safe;


Papyrus – Website promoting the prevention of young suicide;  

HOPELineUK - Prevention of young suicide helpline – 0800 068 41 41


Place 2 Be – Promoting the wellbeing of children in schools;


Princes Trust – is a youth charity that helps young people aged 11 to 30 get into jobs, education and training;


Raising an Extraordinary Person – Supporting families of young people with autism and ADHD;


Richmond Fellowship – promoting mental health recovery;


Samaritans - is a registered charity aimed at providing emotional support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland, often through their telephone helpline 0800 116 123;

Self-harm UK – is a project dedicated to supporting young people impacted by self-harm, providing a safe space to talk, ask any questions and be honest about their feelings. Also provides a 6-week online course called Alumina;


The Children Sleep Charity – Supports children with sleep issues;


The Mix - Free information and support for under 25s in the UK. Get advice about sex, relationships, drugs, mental health, money & jobs.

The Sleep Council – Organisation raising the awareness of the importance of a good night’s sleep;

Therapist Aid - Free worksheets, treatment guides, and videos for mental health professionals. Topics include CBT, anger management, self-esteem, relaxation, and more;


Time to Change – Website about ending mental health discrimination;


Unravel Support – supporting mental health in young people by helping unravel children and young people’s emotional and behavioural difficulties for improved wellbeing and happier lives;


Winston’s Wish – Online and telephone bereavement support for young people (Freephone: 08088 020021)

Young Minds – The UK’s leading mental health charity supporting young people and families;

Kirklees Services Directory:

Thriving Kirklees includes Northorpe Hall, NHS South West Yorkshire Partnership, Locala, Home Start, Yorkshire Children’s Centre – 0300 304 5555 (Chat Health text for parent/carers 07520 618867, for young people 07520 618866

SALT – Concerns with speech and language for young people:

KIAS – Information, advice and support relating to a young person aged 0-25’s special educational needs or disability (0300 3301504)

SEND – Kirklees Local Offer – gives children and young people aged 0-25 with special educational needs or disabilities, and their families information about what is available in Kirklees across education, health and social care;

Kirklees Safeguarding Children’s Board –


For Young People under 19

KOOTH – Free, safe and anonymous online counselling support for 11+

Barnardos Young Carers – young carers 8-18 years (01484 426100)

yOUTh Services Brunswick Centre – HIV support and LGBT Project supporting young people and their parents/carers (01484 541589)

The Base – drug and alcohol support service for people up to 21yrs old and support for parents and carers. They also have a Hidden Harm Project providing support for young people who have concerns about parent /carers struggling with drug/alcohol issues (01484 541589) Alice Quarterless-Oates is the NTH lead for this.

Luke’s Lads – Mental Health Support groups for males ages 11+ to 15 in addition to adults

Butterflies – Mental Health Support Group for females ages 11+ to 15 in addition to adults

Yorkshire Children’s Trust – Primarily set up by parents to support families of children with cancer, they now offer counselling for children and young people. They also offer respite breaks for families.


Supporting adults and families

Carers Count – support for carers (including parent carers), access to wellbeing activities and groups (0300 120231)

Connected Persons Support Team – supporting all connected carers, special guardians, foster carers (Debs – 07870590283)

Kirkwood Hospice – pre & post bereavement support for children and families (01484 557910)

Martin House Community Bereavement Service – bereavement support for families following the death of a young person aged 0-25 years (01937 845045)

Chart – drug and alcohol service for people aged 18+ (01484 353333/01924 438383)

Women’s Centre – emotional and practical support for women aged 18 years+ in Kirklees and Calderdale (01484 450866)

IAPT – Choice of services for people aged 18 years+ experiencing common mental health problems such as low mood, anxiety, panic, stress and OCD (01484 343700)

The Southwest Yorkshire Mental Health Trust – provide specialist mental health and learning disability services across Kirklees, Calderdale and Wakefield; SPA- 01924 316830

Fusion Housing – Courses and volunteering opportunities for adults 01484 532280

PCAN – independent, parent-led forum for parents and carers of young people aged 0-25 years with additional needs. PCAN welcomes any parent or carer, whether they are just becoming aware that their child may have additional needs or whether they have a child with a confirmed diagnosis (07754 102336)

The Whole Autism Family – voluntary group in Kirklees offering support and guidance to families impacted by autism (07564 256626)

Huddersfield Support Group for Autism (HSGA)– Can be contacted through the website –

Andy’s Man Club – Support for men over 18 and can be contacted via the website:

Men’s Sheds – Friendship building, sharing skills and knowledge, reducing isolation for men over 18 (01484 421143)

Sky Positive Minds – Free and confidential drop-in service at Dewsbury Moor and Scout Hill Children’s Centre, 100 Heckmondwike Rd, WF13 3NT for women and teenage girls providing careers advice, parenting tips, housing/benefits advice and strategies to tackle anxiety and low mood while boosting confidence and communication – / 07809430845

Pennine Domestic Abuse Service – targeted support, safety planning and crisis intervention for anyone (male or female) experiencing domestic violence aged 16+ in Kirklees (01274 878117/0800 0527222)

RELATE – Family Counselling around parental separation and poor relationships for young people and families 10+ (01484 425843)

BACP – Professional body representing counselling and psychotherapy with details of BACP registered counsellors (privately funded)

Socrates – Independent service of clinical psychologists (01484 514594)

TalkThru – confidential counselling for men and women facing an unplanned pregnancy or baby loss (01484 515137)

Aunty Pam’s – Support for pregnant women and new mums, including benefits advice, peer support and swap shop (01484 414775/01924 438316)


Home-Start Young Parents’ Groups – Supporting young mums aged 14-24  (01484 421925)

KRASAC – Kirklees Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre supports survivors of sexual violence. Service can be accessed from age 13+ (01484 450040 or text only 07983628227)


KABWWA (Kirklees Asian and Black Women Welfare Association) - supports women and children from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities who are affected by domestic violence, providing support, advice, information and safe temporary accommodation; 01484 304338/0800 0527222


Better Off Kirklees – website showing the benefits people are entitled to and how to claim them (

Kirklees Citizens Advice and Law Centre – range of services including support with applying for benefits (0344 848 7970)


Community Links Engagement and Recovery Service (CLEAR) – Recover-focused mental health service for individuals with mental health needs aged 18+ living in Kirklees (01484 519097/01924 465054)


S2R Create Space - Promoting positive mental health by providing creative and mindfulness courses for different age groups: 01484 539531


Sprout – Families who have children with additional needs having fun together in the outdoors 01484 549479/07845415280


GLINT – Horse assisted development and therapy to support people in making positive changes (07887 613670)


The Well-Bean Café A safe supportive space for adults 18+ experiencing a mental health crisis at Union House, 29 Union Street, Dewsbury on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights from 7.30 until midnight (07867028755)


Peer Talk – Support group for adults struggling with depression in Batley, every Wednesday afternoon at the Community Room, All Saints, Stocks Lane, Batley, WF17 5ED from 1.30-3pm. (07719 562 617)