It’s not unusual for children and young people to experience strong emotions and respond in ways that other people find challenging.
When those become emotional and mental health difficulties which are impacting on their day to day lives, those children and young people do need extra support to help them back to good health
Children, young people and families can access support from two services available as part of Thriving Kirklees:
• Children’s Emotional Wellbeing Service (ChEWS)
• Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
This service offers assessment and interventions for children and young people (including those with learning disabilities) who have persistent and significant difficulties with mental health issues such as:
• Severe depression
• Psychological, social or emotional difficulties which lead to self-harm and suicide attempts
• Severe anxiety (including obsessive compulsive disorder)
• Eating disorders with significant risk (such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia)
• Psychosis (in those aged under 14)
• Prolonged adjustment difficulties eg unusual reactions to grief
• Persistent post-traumatic reactions (PTSD)
• A range of neuropsychiatric conditions including Tourettes syndrome
• Autistic spectrum conditions
The team works hard to build positive relationships with children during such a challenging period in their life. The coping strategies and self-management techniques our team use ensure that children can live life to their full potential.
CAMHS supports children and young people by working in partnership with other organisations, including children’s social care, school nurses, schools, Health Trusts and other community-based organisations.
Thriving Kirklees has also introduced Kooth.com – an anonymous, online counselling and support service for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use. It’s for 11-19 year olds in Kirklees (up to age 25 for those with additional needs) and is available up to 10 o’clock at night, 365 days a year.
Kooth is a confidential and anonymous way for Kirklees young people to gain advice, support and guidance from qualified counsellors.
Find out more on our Kooth page.