Welcome to The Open Minds (CAMHS) website
Open Minds (CAMHS) is the new name for Calderdale CAMHS (Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services).
You can use this website to find out more about the Open Minds (CAMHS) children and young peoples’ mental health service in Calderdale, including how to make a referral.
We would also encourage you to visit the Open Minds website which has been designed by young people for young people, as well as parents/carers and professionals. The site has a range of helpful information, videos, apps and resources.
About Open Minds (CAMHS)
Open Minds (CAMHS) are commissioned to deliver signposting, advice and mental health interventions for children and young people aged 5 to 18 and their families.
We run the First Point of Contact which is the single point of access for referrals (including Autism and ADHD) in Calderdale.
We also offer consultation, support, advice, training, and referral guidance to parents/carers, young people and professionals.
If you have concerns about a young person’s emotional wellbeing and would like to discuss these with us you can call us on 01422 300 001 or complete this form to request a call back from a member of the team.
For more information on how we use your information please see our Northpoint Privacy Notice for Open Minds
Open Minds (CAMHS) employ a team of qualified practitioners with a wide range of skills and backgrounds who deliver mental health interventions to children, young people and families.
You can find out more about the different organisations that provide Open Minds (CAMHS) on the FAQ page.
There is a comprehensive network of emotional health and wellbeing services in Calderdale, including those who form part of the wider Open Minds Partnership. We work closely with partner agencies to help ensure that the holistic needs of children, young people and families are met. The Open Minds website has details of a wide range of local and national support services.
What can Open Minds (CAMHS) help with?
Open Minds (CAMHS) may be able to help when emotional or mental health problems which significantly affect a child’s daily life have persisted despite a preventative or universal services intervention.
A referral to Open Minds (CAMHS) should be considered if some or all of the following issues are present:
• Serious deterioration in self-care
• All/most family members highly distressed
• Non-school attendance as a result of mental health presentation
• Serious deterioration in academic attainment related to mental health presentation
• Social withdrawal (e.g. no contact with friends)
• Relations with peers leading to serious risk-taking
Where children and young people are experiencing normal reactions to adverse life events (e.g. sadness after a bereavement/loss, or mild levels of anxiety about exams) we will often recommend the use of self-help resources or on-line support. We may also signpost to partner organisations who promote community activities or who may be better placed to provide more specialist support.
Open Minds (CAMHS) can also provide consultation to professionals in their work with children and young people with mental health difficulties. This can be requested using the form below.
What does Open Minds provide?
Open Minds (CAMHS) provides an integrated service which offers a range of support options depending on the needs of the young person/family. These include digital therapy, face to face, and phone/video support.
A range of short term interventions can be offered depending on the needs of the young person/family. Longer interventions are offered on a case by case basis for more complex and enduring difficulties.
There are clear pathways within Open Minds (CAMHS) for referrals for children with Learning Disabilities, young people with potential eating disorders, young people with potential ADHD, and young people with potential ASD (autistic spectrum disorders).