Mental health support for perinatal women

perinatal womenPerinatal women across Calderdale and Kirklees will now have easy access to information on how to get help for mental health issues that present themselves during pregnancy and after their baby is born.

The perinatal period is a uniquely stressful time for women and their families. Women are more likely to experience a mental health problem than a physical health problem as a consequence of pregnancy, and are more likely to experience a serious mental illness than at any other time of their lives.

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is working together with Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust to ensure that midwives are skilled to identify mental health issues and offer information where women can access services.

Women and their families will be given access to information from (IAPT) Improving Access to Psychological Therapies, which provides a choice of services for people experiencing common mental health problems such as depression, stress, panic and obsessive compulsive disorder.

Karen Taylor, South West Yorkshire Partnership’s District Director for Calderdale and Kirklees said:

“This is a great initiative that offers valuable help to women at a time when they may need extra support to deal with the stresses often associated with pregnancy.

Our IAPT service is uniquely placed to support women and their families during this time by providing help in dealing with depression, anxiety, stress or any other mild to moderate mental problems they may be facing.

While IAPT can help anyone, regardless of gender or age, it is good that perinatal women will now have easy access to mental health advice and support whenever they need it.”

Calderdale and Huddersfield Trust employs a perinatal mental health midwife to oversee the care provided to women during the perinatal period, and to help further develop the maternity and mental health services compliance with best practice, including NICE guidance.

The perinatal mental health midwife role includes overseeing the care provided to women and their families, referring and communicating with the mental health team, and updating the maternity service of plan of care, including guidance in relation to medication. The midwife also trains maternity staff on a monthly basis to identify women at risk of developing perinatal mental illness.

IAPT provide support to people in Kirklees and Calderdale who are experiencing mild to moderate mental health problems, including depression, stress, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and dealing with phobias.

More information on IAPT can be found onnline at or by phoning 01484 434625 or 01484 434626.

MP to visit Art for Wellbeing project

Halifax MP Holly Lynch will visit a project that helps people tackle health-related problems through art.

Ms Lynch (Labour) will tour the project at the Industrial Textiles Mill at Shaw Lodge, Halifax, on Thursday 30 July with Artworks directors and Trust staff who run it as part of the Trust’s Creative Minds strategy to promote health and wellbeing.

Art for Wellbeing is a partnership between the town’s Artworks School of Art and South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SWYPFT) that takes a creative approach to combating issues including isolation and lack of self-esteem.

Since its launch in November 2011 Creative Minds has delivered more than 200 creative projects in partnership with over 70 community organisations, benefiting more than 6,000 people allowing them to get involved in activities from archery to walking groups, developing skills from creative writing to woodwork.

Phil Walters, lead for the Creative Minds initiative at the Trust said:

“Creative Minds has provided a way to not only build on existing creative activities within the Trust’s services, but also to work with a wide range of community organisations, enhancing and extending our service offer by delivering innovative, transformative and meaningful health and wellbeing enhancing creative activities.”

Ms Lynch will also visit the Trust’s inpatient mental health unit at The Dales, Calderdale Royal Hospital on the same day.

She said:

“I very much look forward to visiting the Dales Unit at Calderdale Royal Hospital and the Art for Wellbeing project. Many local people rely upon these services and my number one priority is to support health care in Calderdale.

“The partnership between Artworks and South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is a fantastic example of how organisations can work together to really improve the lives of people in my constituency.”

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of mental health, learning disability and community services to local people in Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield.

To find out more about the Trust visit or for further information contact Paul Green on 01924 327547 or email

Yorkshire Smokefree helping people to quit and get fit

yorksmokefreePeople who have given up smoking in Calderdale are being given a chance to test out leisure facilities in the local area with the launch of a new initiative offered by Yorkshire Smokefree Calderdale which is run by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Working in partnership with Calderdale Council, the ‘Quit and Get Fit’ initiative offers local people who have stopped smoking for 4 weeks with the service, a free 7 day pass to use at 6 local leisure and sports centres. This includes Halifax Swimming Pool, North Bridge Leisure Centre, Sowerby Bridge Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre, Todmorden Sports Centre and Brighouse Leisure Centre.

Jan Spence, stop smoking specialist said:

“Sometimes people who have given up the habit of smoking often worry about gaining weight.

“This new initiative will give people the chance to enjoy and test out what the local Calderdale Council sports centres have to offer. There are a range of activities people can take part in, such as working out in the gym, taking part in a variety of exercise classes or swimming. We hope they will take advantage of this offer and become more active.”

Cllr Simon Young, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health, Wellbeing and Engagement, said:

“Quitting smoking is a fantastic achievement and we want to reward those who stop by helping them to feel even better by offering a free seven-day pass for our Council sports services.

“With centres located across Calderdale there’s something for all ages and abilities. We want to help people live healthy lifestyles, and joining up our services is a great way to do this. It’s hard to quit smoking and going to the gym could help deal with the cravings whilst improving your health, making you feel happier and helping with weight loss.”

Yorkshire Smokefree Calderdale offer a range of resources to help people quit that you can pick and mix to suit you including telephone support, face to face sessions and an online quitting programme.

If you would like to quit smoking call Yorkshire Smokefree on 0800 612 00 11 free from a landline or 0330 660 116 free from most mobiles, or visit

For more information contact Amraze Khan. South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust on 01924 327029 or email


Your invite to become a Practice Health Champion

allofusinmindSouth West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is inviting local people to become volunteer Practice Health Champions to help improve health and wellbeing in the Calderdale community.

Volunteer Practice Health Champions are now being recruited to support Horne Street, Church Lane, Keighley Road surgeries and Beechwood Medical centre and volunteers are asked to give three hours of their time each week to support their local GP practice.

To find out more about the role and what it involves, the Trust is inviting anyone who would like to become a Practice Health Champion to attend an induction session on Wednesday 6 May 2015 from 9.45am to 3pm at the Elsie Whitely Innovation Centre in Halifax and lunch will be provided.

For more information, or to register your interest, contact Petra Gordon at, Ann Waterhouse at or call 01422 255541.

Alternatively contact Amraze Khan, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust on 01924 327029 or email

Next Steps for Calderdale adult community mental health services

allofusinmindYour local NHS Trust is continuing to transform Calderdale adult community mental health services.

This can only be achieved if we involve people who are important to us – the people who use our services, their carers, our staff, the public and our partner organisations.

Come along to the ‘Next steps’ event at Elsie Whitley Centre on Friday 27 March 2015 from 10am to 1pm for a chance to hear what we are doing as a result of what we were told, and to help us plan our next steps.

Lunch will be provided on the day… To book a place please call 01924 327567 or email

A day in the life of a safeguarding professional

allofusinmindA safeguarding expert from a local NHS trust is marking the first annual Calderdale Safeguarding Week (Monday 9 to Sunday 15 March) by taking to Twitter to share a ‘day in the life of a safeguarding professional’.

Emma Cox, named nurse for safeguarding children at South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, is taking part in a series of ‘day in the life’ Twitter takeovers organised by Calderdale Council to mark the week.

On Tuesday 10 March Emma will be providing a taste of her role by tweeting using the hashtag #SafeCdale15, covering a range of local safeguarding topics as well as sharing her experiences at a conference discussing the effects of vicarious trauma in safeguarding children.

You can keep track of Emma’s day in the life by following the Trust on Twitter using @allofusinmind or by searching for #SafeCdale15.

For more information on Calderdale Safeguarding Week, including a full programme of events being held during the week visit

Get active outdoors and walk it together!

walking for healthEasy Health Walks will be held on a weekly basis at 10.45am which will last approximately 30 minutes.

To get involved in one of the walks, please meet outside Illingworth Moor Methodist Church prior to starting and join in on the  stroll before finishing off back at the church where anybody who wishes to do so can stay around for refreshments and a chat.

For any enquiries about Walk-it Together or for information on bacoming a walk leader yourself please call 01422 397340 or email