Frequently asked questions

Q. What is Open Minds (CAMHS)?

A. Open Minds (CAMHS) is the new name for the services previously called Calderdale CAMHS, which stands for ‘Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services’. We are commissioned to deliver signposting advice and therapeutic interventions in Calderdale for children, young people and their families. 

The service no longer follows the tiered model (e.g. Tier 2 CAMHS and Tier 3 CAMHS). We have now implemented an integrated, person centred and needs-led approach in line with the Thrive Framework.

Q. Who provides Open Minds (CAMHS) in Calderdale?

A. Open Minds (CAMHS) is provided jointly by Northpoint Wellbeing, a local charity, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, and Kooth (online support).

Open Minds (CAMHS) is commissioned by Calderdale Council and NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). All the Open Minds (CAMHS) providers meet the standards required to deliver NHS services and are closely monitored.

All Open Minds (CAMHS) staff are vetted in line with Safer Recruitment guidance, and receive regular supervision and performance management support.

Q. Who can refer to Open Minds (CAMHS)?

Any young person (14+), parent/ carer, or professional supporting a child or young person can refer to Open Minds (CAMHS).


Q. How can I refer a child or young person to Open Minds (CAMHS)?

A. You can access our online referral form on our How to refer page. The page also provides helpful information about what makes a good referral.

Please note that we no longer accept postal referrals.

Q. Where do Open Minds (CAMHS) work?

A. The organisations that provide Open Minds (CAMHS) have offices at Clare Road and Laura Mitchell Health Centre in Halifax. Some appointments are offered in these bases. We also provide sessions in a wide range of community venues across Calderdale, including children’s centres, colleges, schools and health centres. Open Minds (CAMHS) also offers on-line therapy, and is able to offer some appointments by phone or video. 

Q. What sort of difficulties can Open Minds (CAMHS) help with?

A. Open Minds (CAMHS) helps children, young people and parents/carers up to the age of 18 (or 19 where there are special educational needs).

Northpoint Wellbeing are commissioned to provide the First Point of Contact which offers ‘Getting Advice and Signposting’ support, and processes all the referrals into Open Minds (CAMHS).

Northpoint also provide ‘Getting Help’ short term therapeutic interventions for children, young people and families with mild to moderate mental health difficulties.

In line with the Thrive Elaborated Framework, the focus is on helping children and young people to access self-help resources, on-line support and community based activities which build on their strengths and interest. For many young people this is enough to help them to thrive.

The service may become more closely involved if there is evidence that the mental health concerns are continuing despite efforts by those who currently know and support the child.

Part of the remit of Open Minds (CAMHS) is the assessment and diagnosis of  conditions such as ADHD and Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Most of this element of the service is provided by South West Yorkshire NHS Partnership Foundation Trust (SWYPFT).

SWYPFT may also become involved in supporting young people where the problem is of greater severity, complexity, risk, and duration and has not responded to short term work (‘Getting More Help’ and ‘Getting Risk Support’).

Kooth are commissioned to provide on-line support including counselling, resources, moderated forums and discussion groups. The service is anonymous and confidential and can be accessed 7 days per week up to 10pm at night from any device.