XANAX (Alphazolam ) Misuse Concerns

We have concerns about the use of Xanax in Calderdale and the risks associated with it, sadly including death.

Xanax is not available on NHS prescriptions in the UK, it is only prescribed privately, generally purchased on the Dark Net.

Other areas of the country that have undertaken local campaigns have found that young people tend not to like fakes and that this information, backed by the negatives and dangers of bonafide products can discourage experimentation.  Dependent use, as with any substance, is harder to affect but the narrative of where and why Xanax became popular can help form relationships to assist with this

If you are in touch with someone who needs support please contact Calderdale Recovery Steps and/or Branching Out on 01422 415550

Calderdale in Recovery | Recovery from Drug and Alcohol Addiction

 

The following information may be useful in discussing Xanax with young people and adults between 15-25 years. It is important that we consider the motivations of use and try to have informed conversations with young adults that we are in touch with about what is ultimately a counterfeit market.

If you have any information that you think may be of use in targeting our prevention strategies to specific groups using Xanax that you are aware of please contact

Niamh Cullen (Niamh.Cullen@calderdale.gov.uk)
Public Health Manager (Drugs & Alcohol)
Tel: 01422 266160
Mob: 07714922673

Public Health,
2nd Floor,
Princess Buildings,
Princess  Street,
Halifax  HX1 1TP

Do Something February – April 2020 issue out now!

The Do Something guide is packed with fun activities and events, organised by Calderdale Council services. The latest issue for February to April 2020 is out now!

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Printed copies are also available from libraries, museums, sports centres and visitor centres.

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Trinity Academy Halifax Admissions Consultation

8brhn8ejpt2r1g1rn1ax_400x400.jpegTrinity Academy Halifax is proposing changes to its admissions criteria for 2020/21. Public consultation closes on 9 January 2020.

For more information and to have your say, click here https://halifax.trinitymat.org/about-us/admissions-prospectus/

Be Scam Aware – The 12 scams of Christmas…

Please read this important advice from the SAFER team regarding current telephone scams – Please also pass on the information to friends / relatives that may not have internet access.

With the festive season upon us, we would like to draw your attention to our twelve scams of Christmas.

At this time of year people can let their guards down as the festive fun starts and the criminals try to take advantage.

We hope you keep scam aware this Christmas and have a fun filled, scam free new year!

  1. Subscription Trap: Offering a free gift or trial offer in return for Postage and packaging and your bank details…
  2. Bogus Charities: Make sure the marketing you receive is genuine.
  3. Pop-up shops: Often sell counterfeit and/or faulty items.
  4. HMRC: Phonecall claims you have over/underpaid taxes. Never give out bank details and hang up immediately.
  5. Bank scam: Call claims to be the bank, reporting suspicious activity. Hang up and phone your bank on a trusted number.
  6. Police scam: Similar to the bank scam, it will claim suspicious activity of your bank account. Hang up immediately, WAIT 15 minutes or use another phone and call 101.
  7. e-Greeting/online cards: They can contain malware
  8. Bogus gift cards: Be sure you are buying from a trusted retailer as they can be illegitimately replicated.
  9. Seasonal travel scams: Only use trusted online travel agents.
  10. Delivery scams: ‘Sorry we missed you!’ card with a premium number. Check it is a genuine delivery card. Trusted retailers will name the courier delivering your parcel.
  11. Smishing: Text messages pretending to be the bank requesting immediate response. Never contact your bank via text.
  12. Romance scams: Only use well established and trusted dating websites. Do not contact anyone away from the website. Trust your gut feeling.

For the detailed list, download the PDF: 12 Scams of Christmas

Also be aware of the following:

  • Internet Provider  (Whomever that may be) – If you receive a phone call telling you that there is something wrong with your laptop / computer. Simply tell them you don’t have internet – If in doubt, you can always confirm later by contacting your internet provider yourself.
  • Call from your bankNow this is probably the most dangerous one – You might get a very convincing call from someone claiming to be your bank. You may think you’ve put the phone down to contact your actual bank when in actual fact the other caller has intercepted this call and you end up talking back to the scammers.

There are a number of FREE apps available to download to your smartphone which can detect and block unwanted calls as well as automatically identify & stop spam, scam and fraudulent calls. One of those is Mr. Number – Caller ID & Spam Protection

Mr. Number is the most powerful call blocker on the market. Block calls from people, businesses, and hidden numbers. Browse comments from other users when you get a spam call. Automatically block potential fraud and suspected spam calls.

Available for FREE (offers in app purchases) on both the Apple Store and devices that support Google Play

If you have been a victim of a scam or have come across suspicious behaviour, contact The Safer Team – West Yorkshire Joint Services for advice.

As a rule: If something seems too good to be true… it probably is.

New Suicide Bereavement Service across West Yorkshire and Harrogate

A new service to support people bereaved or affected by suicide goes live on Monday (2 December) across West Yorkshire and Harrogate. The service is a response to the fact that people bereaved by suicide are more likely to suffer from severe depression or post-traumatic stress disorder, or even adopt suicidal behaviours themselves.

The West Yorkshire and Harrogate Suicide Bereavement Service will provide support through one to one peer support, peer support groups and advocacy.

The new service, an extension of the Leeds Suicide Bereavement Service, is central to West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership’s plan to improve bereavement support, while it works to reduce the numbers of suicides too.

Support on offer, which will enhance suicide bereavement support services across the region, will include practical advice and signposting to other much needed services, for example counselling or financial advice.

A number of workshops are running throughout December and are open to all, irrespective of a coroner’s conclusion. People will be able to self-refer to the service or be referred by other people such as funeral directors, police, coroners, or NHS staff across West Yorkshire and Harrogate.

Additional support will also be available to staff affected by suicide in the course of their duties; for example health, social care or emergency service staff. Help will also be available to people who have been bereaved historically yet feel they may benefit from peer led support.

Yorkshire and Humber has one of the highest suicide rates in the country. West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership is driving a collaborative approach to reduce suicide and improve services. It is working towards reducing suicide by 10% across the region and by 75% in targeted areas.

Referrals can be made by visiting www.wyhsbs.org.uk or by calling 0113 305 5800. Practitioners will be based in Bradford, Harrogate, Huddersfield and Leeds but meeting locations will be flexible.

Support groups will begin in December at the following locations:

  • Kirklees group: Thursday, 5 December, 6pm-7.30pm at Support to Recovery – S2R CREATE SPACE, Brook Street, Huddersfield, HD1 1EB
  • Bradford group: Friday, 6 December, 6pm-8pm at Mind in Bradford – KenBurgh House, 28 Manor Row, Bradford BD1 4QU
  • Calderdale group: Wednesday, 18 December, 6-8pm at Halifax Fire Station, Skircoat Moor Road, King Cross, Halifax, HX1 3JF
  • Craven group: Wednesday, 18 December, 6-8pm at Settle Victoria Hall, Kirkgate, Settle, BD24 9DZ
  • Harrogate group: Monday, 9 December, 6pm-8pm at Mind in Harrogate – Acorn Centre, 101A Station Parade, Harrogate HG1 1HB
  • Wakefield group: Wednesday, 11 December, 6-8pm at Lightwaves Leisure Centre, Lower York St, Wakefield WF1 3LJ

People bereaved by Suicide in Leeds are able to access the linked Leeds Suicide Bereavement Service, funded by Leeds City Council. Referrals can be made by visiting www.LeedsSBS.org.uk or by calling 0113 305 5803. Leeds drop in group is first Tuesday of every month, Civic Hall in Leeds City Centre, 6-8pm.

Rob Webster, CEO Lead for West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership and CEO for South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said: ‘As someone personally affected by suicide, I understand the impact it can have on individuals, families and other people too. This service will provide essential help to those facing one of the hardest issues to face. This is something that I hope becomes less needed as we reduce suicides through our other work to help more people’.

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership focuses on the health and care needs of local people across Bradford District and Craven; Calderdale, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield. The partnership is made up of a number of organisations who work together to help 2.7 million people in the area including the NHS, councils, Healthwatch, voluntary and community organisations. You can find out more at www.wyhpartnership.co.uk

You can read our Suicide Prevention Strategy and the Annual Report here.

Free Get Digital course from Potential4skills: Help to get back into work.

Potential4skills is getting Digital this December

We’re offering a free Get Digital course to people in receipt of benefits

Candidates will learn:

  • ICT skills to manage your universal credit claim
  • How to find work digitally with online job search
  • Complete job applications form online
  • Create/edit and upload CV’s
  • Become more confident and motivated to progress into the job market

On completion of the course we will order the candidate either a Laptop or a Tablet which they can then keep so they can put into practice what they have learnt on the course

We’re taking bookings for the course now so don’t miss out. Please give us a call on 01757 322017 (option 1)

Recycling team visit Moorside Junior Wardens

On Monday 2 December 2019, Moorside Community Primary School Junior Wardens had a visit from Calderdale Council’s Waste Management team members Yvonne Hagan and Chris Crossley who held a very fun and informative session.

The session aimed to get the message across on how to recycle over the festive period with the amount of plastic, cardboard and wrappers that come from gifts and sweets over Christmas.

The junior wardens thoroughly enjoyed the session and seemed keen to put the knowledge into action to help make the environment more friendly.

Look out for future updates from our Junior Wardens Schemes throughout North & East Halifax.