Beyond the Pain 8 week course by Healthy Minds

Do you live with chronic pain or have a long term health condition?

This step by step 8 week course is designed to help you live a joyful and fulfilling life by lightening the load of living with pain so it doesn’t dominate your life.


The course will go through mindful techniques and meditation that will help put you in touch with your body and in control.

It will be run by Zoom and starts on the 28th of January.

For information and to book a place, contact Nic on mobile : 07985 754898 or
Places are limited and booking is essential.

Safespace Calderdale, out of hours support for emotional distress by Healthy Minds

Safespace is an out of hours emotional support service for adults in Calderdale. It is a place of safety for people experiencing emotional distress. We can offer you the time and space to talk through what’s happening and explore different ways to help you.

Download Leaflet here

Safespace is available every evening from 6.30pm – 10.30pm.  It can only be accessed by appointment.

To access Safespace,

Call 01422 345154
Text 07388 990227
We can call you back. Please be aware that the call may come from a withheld number.
Facebook: safespace calderdale
For general enquiries or support, email

If lines are busy, please leave a message and a member of the team will call you back.

If you need urgent crisis support call 01924 316830 (24 hours NHS)
You can also contact Samaritans on 116 123

Younger People’s Services:
Saneline 0300 304 7000 (aged 16+), open 4.30-10.30pm daily
Papyrus HOPELINE 0800 068 4141 open til 10pm daily

Healthy Minds Workshops & Groups January 2021

Healthy Minds Calderdale are putting together a series of informative, helpful workshops, designed to assist during the challenging times we’re facing.

Their workshops happen over zoom and give the opportunity for all participants to get together and work through issues, finding ways of dealing with difficult situations and improving wellbeing.

There are social groups and art workshops too. You’re bound to find something of interest!



Social Anxiety – Tuesday 19th Jan, 11-12.30pm
In this workshop we will discuss what social anxiety is and identify what triggers
anxiety. We will then explore realistic ways of managing social anxiety with the
opportunity to make a personalised plan.
Paper-based postal versions of all workshops are also available.

Regular groups

Arts and Crafts for Wellbeing – 1st and 3rd Mondays of the Month, 6-7.30pm
A light hearted space for people to make some creative connections. Each session is
themed and past activities have included mask making, Zentangling and origami.

Outdoors-in 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, 2-3.30pm
Each session is based on an outdoor topic, including all things allotments and
nature. The group bring a contribution to the session in a ‘show and tell’ format, have
fun and learn new things.

Anxiety and Depression Peer-Support groups, twice monthly
(Call conferencing)
A peer-support telephone group for those who would like to access peer support but
prefer not to use Zoom video link. The groups are a safe and non-judgmental space
and offer structure, guidance and support for those experiencing anxiety and

Social Zoom Group every Monday morning

Join us for a catch-up, cuppa and chat every Monday morning via Zoom. The group
is light and loosely structured – based on the ideas and interests of group member
and is a chance to find out about upcoming events in Healthy Minds and local area.
So get in touch and join us… do bring your own brew though!

New Group for 2021!

Recovery group (CHIME) once every month (5 sessions in total)

The group will explore key themes about recovery in mental health: Connectedness,
Hope and Optimism, Identity, Meaning in Life and Empowerment; exploring how
these themes relate to our personal recovery journey.
Please note: this is a closed group for people who have attended workshops, groups
and courses with Healthy Minds.

To book or to access further details about any of workshops or groups please email:
Or call: 01422 345154
For more information about our services and updates please visit our website:

Transforming Community Mental Health Services in Calderdale December 15

A major piece of work is underway to invest in community mental health services. The aim is to improve people’s experience by creating a new system that closes the gaps. Importantly, this new system will properly value the role of the voluntary and community sector (VCS) in mental health support. The VCS have been lobbying for this recognition for many years – the community MH transformation presents a genuine opportunity to make this happen. If your organisation has a role to play in community mental health support, it is time to get involved! 

Healthy Minds Calderdale want to start the conversation about how this could work in Calderdale with a Zoom meeting for local VCS providers on Tuesday 15th December at 3.30pm. 

NHS England has set extremely short deadlines for the proposal, which is why this initial meeting is at such short notice.  A draft proposal has been submitted to NHS England. A final proposal needs to be submitted in January 2021. If Calderdale is successful and awarded funding, the transformation work will start in 2021 and take place over a three-year period.

Tuesday’s meeting will not be the one and only discussion as plans develop but a start needs to be made.

Things to bear in mind: 
The transformation programme is to improve care for adults and older adults with severe mental illness (not including dementia).
Some priorities have been set by NHS England. They are:

  • Provide better care to people already receiving mental health support in the community;
  • Increase access to these services;
  • Improve pathways for people with eating disorders, people who have community rehab needs and people have a personality disorder diagnosis;
  • Increase the number of people with Severe Mental Illness (SMI) receiving a comprehensive physical health checks.

To Join the meeting on Tuesday 15th December at 3.30pm please email Jonny Morrison at for a zoom link and password.

Social Anxiety Free Online Workshop 11 November

Social anxiety can affect how we feel and think in social situations such as meeting new people or situation at work.

This workshop will provide a welcoming, non-judgemental space to explore such situations, the thoughts and physical symptoms they can provoke as well as discuss some useful strategies to manage the anxiety.

The workshop will run via Zoom from 11am to 12.30. The session link will be emailed close to the date of the session. Places are limited and allocated on a first come first serve basis.

For more info and to book contact

Support Jilly from Healthy Minds in the Marathon

Just a reminder that on Sunday 28 April, Team Healthy Minds will be collectively running 26 miles (on a treadmill at the piece hall) in support of Jilly, who at the same time will be running the London marathon, for Healthy Minds.

This young lady is just one of the kind volunteers, who is generously giving up some of her time to help to reach the target on the treadmill. If you would like to help with part of the 26 mile run, feel free to join them at The Wellbeing Festival – taking place at The Piece Hall, they will be there 10:00am-4:30pm.

They are hoping to raise £260 for their efforts, that’s just £10 per mile! Please support this worthy cause by donating what you can by visiting the Facebook page!

Don’t forget Safespace the Out-of-hours weekend support for adults in Calderdale is open Friday, Saturday & Sunday every week from 6:00pm until late. Safespace is a place of safety for people experiencing mental distress or approaching crisis.

Access to the town centre premises is by appointment only.

You can contact Safespace via Facebook on 01422 345154 or text 07388 990227. Lines open at 6:00pm and the last appointment time is 11:00pm.

The team will take some basic details from you and offer one or more options of either a Face-to-Face appointment an offer of group support or support over the phone.

Upon arrival you will be greeted at the door and a worker will be ready to start your appointment, you will have the opportunity to talk about what’s happening for you and agree the next steps. In the group area you can engage in various activities and interact with others if you wish.
Depending on capacity you may be able to access more than one type of support.

Safespace is now also open Monday & Wednesday evenings (telephone support only) 5:00pm-10:00pm.

Safespace is run by workers and volunteers who all have personal experience of emotional distress.

Healthy Minds Calderdale Seeks a New Trustee

Healthy Minds Calderdale is seeking a new trustee to join its Board, who will take on the role of Chair of the Board as the current Chair is stepping down after a number of years.

Applicants will need to have a commitment to furthering the aims of the organisation, experience of committee work, a knowledge of mental health and some awareness of the voluntary sector in Calderdale. You will receive training and induction, and the support of the outgoing Chair, the Board of Trustees, and the Chief Officer.

This is an exciting and rewarding opportunity to work with a successful and respected charity and to help them move forward into the next decade. The time commitment is flexibly 8 hours a month, mainly in 2 hour blocks, and meetings take place evenings and daytimes. They are based at King St in central Halifax.

Closing date for applications is Monday 18 February. Please email Jen Fagan for an application pack and more information: or ring for an informal discussion on 07795035567 / office 01422 345154.