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Children’s and young people’s mental health

Thrive and Open Minds


Calderdale has moved away from the traditional Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) ‘Tiered Model’ of care and is implementing the national Anna Freud Centre ‘Thrive’ model.

‘Thrive’ is a is a person-centred, whole system approach, where responsibility for meeting the emotional wellbeing and mental health needs of needs of our children and young people is everyone’s business. We are proud that many people and organisations in Calderdale, including in the VCS, education, and health and social care, offer a rich diversity of support that meet the diverse needs of our young population and their families.

Young people from the Tough Times Reference Group have described their own ‘Thrive’ journey in a YouTube video.

Delivering Thrive – the Calderdale Open Minds Partnership

The Calderdale Open Minds Partnership is a cooperative of local authority, NHS, education, voluntary and third sector organisations who work together as a system to ensure Calderdale’s children and young people have access to the emotional wellbeing and mental health support and services they need. The name of this group is based on the name created by young people from the Tough Times campaign, back in 2015.

Transformation Plan for Children and Young People’s Emotional Health and Wellbeing in Calderdale

In its 6th year (2020/21) the Local Transformation Plan underwent a mini-refresh. The plan remains true to our original vision of developing a system without tiers and creating a breadth of provision which offers choice and control to children and young people in how they access support.

Open Minds in Calderdale web site

The Open Minds in Calderdale web site http://www.openmindscalderdale.org.uk/ provides local, regional, national information, advice and resources for children, young people, parent carers and professionals on a wide range of topics, including COVID.  This fantastic resource is curated by and for children and young people.

Mental Health Support Teams (MHST) in schools

In 2020, Calderdale secured NHS England funding for two Mental Health Support Teams (MHST). MHSTs provide early emotional wellbeing and mental health help and support for children and young people in education settings, such as mild to moderate anxiety. These teams work with children, young people, school staff and parent carers as part of a ‘whole school approach’ to mental health and wellbeing. Their work is even more important in alleviating the impact of the COVID pandemic. The Calderdale MHSTs work closely with all Open Minds partners. More information on MHSTs is available on the NHS England web site.

Open Minds (formerly child and adolescent mental health services)

Open Minds is the new name for Calderdale CAMHS, provided by a partnership of organisations (including Northpoint Wellbeing, South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust and Kooth). This partnership delivers signposting, advice, and mental health interventions for children and young people aged 5 to 18 years old, and their families. Open Minds (CAMHS) also provides support to parent carers of school-aged children and young people who are waiting for a neurodevelopmental assessment (autism and ADHD).

  • For more information or to get help and advice, including how to make a referral by telephone or electronically, visit the web site at https://openmindscamhs.org.uk/