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Get the support you need in Calderdale

Anyone can feel low, alone and even suicidal.
Check-in with your mates, and give them the support they need.

Remember, you don't need to have all the answers to help your mate.
Below, you can find links to support services in Calderdale.

If you or a mate need help urgently, please click here.

Creating Hope Through Language
The West Yorkshire Suicide Prevention Programme has created a language advice guide called 'Creating Hope Through Language', offering advice on what to say/what not to say.

Warning signs and what to say
Guidance, called the Ask, Assist, Act, provides information about the signs that someone might be feeling suicidal and what you can say to help them. It has been created by MECC Link - Making Every Contact Count (MECC) Community of Improvement, a network supported by Yorkshire and Humber Public Health.

'20 minutes to save a life' video
Watch a 20-minute suicide awareness video from Zero Suicide Alliance (viewable on smart phones).

West Yorkshire & Harrogate Suicide Bereavement Service
West Yorkshire Suicide Bereavement Service provides practical and emotional support to people who have been affected by a suicide bereavement.

NHS Northern Gambling Service
The NHS Northern Gambling Service provides specialist addiction therapy and recovery to people affected by gambling addiction, as well as those with mental health problems. They also provide help to people close to those with gambling addiction. They have clinics in Leeds, Sunderland and Manchester.

Mind Your Head
Mind Your Head is a project designed to promote better LGBTQ+ mental health and wellbeing in Calderdale.

Andy’s Man Club
Andy’s Man Club offers real, non-judgmental, talking groups for men aged 18+. The charity is based nationally across the UK. They meet every Monday at 7pm (except bank holidays).

West Yorkshire 24-hour mental health helpline
You can phone the West Yorkshire 24-hour mental health helpline, free, on 0800 183 0558. It provides confidential support, advice and information to anyone over 18 who is concerned about their mental health or worried about a family member or someone they care for.

Choose Well
Choose Well is a guide to help adults in Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield to ‘choose well’ when looking after their mental health and wellbeing. You can download the Choose Well Guide in both English and Urdu.

Healthy Minds Calderdale
Healthy Minds Calderdale offer a range of services to help you find what works for you to improve and maintain your emotional health and well-being.

Healthy Minds Calderdale Link Service, for people stuck in a ‘crisis loop’
The Healthy Minds Calderdale Link Service is for people who:

  1. have had reason to contact emergency services (about themselves) within the last 6 months
  2. are feeling stuck in a 'repeated crises loop' where no one seems able, or has the time to help with changes
  3. report falling just short of being able to access longer-term help from statutory services
  4. might clearly benefit from a structured approach to making specific changes in their lives that they themselves have identified
  5. are ready and willing to engage with such a process of change

The Link service provides a structured approach comprising three elements: 1:1 planning for change sessions, Problem Solving sessions and a less formal Drop-in space, with clear agreed aims. 

Healthy Minds Safespace Crisis Support
​Safespace offers emotional support for people aged 16 and over in distress. This service is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm and every evening (Mon-Sun) from 6.30pm – 10.30pm.

Phone: 01422 345154 
Text: 07388 990227 
Message on Facebook (@SafespaceCalderdale)

Any 10-25 year old in the Calderdale area can sign themselves up anonymously for free, safe, same-day, BACP accredited support on The online community offers free counselling and drop-in chats via our live chat system, advice articles, discussion boards and activities all designed to improve emotional and mental health. You won't need a referral, and there aren't any thresholds or waiting lists, just head to the Kooth homepage to create your account.

Night OWLS
Night OWLS - If a child or young person you care for is in a crisis and you are concerned about their emotional wellbeing contact Night OWLS.

Freephone: 0300 2003900 (available 8pm–8am every day for children, young people, parents and carers across West Yorkshire).

Text: 07984 392700

Offload - Rugby League Cares
The Offload project involves men engaging with current and former players to learn the techniques clubs use to manage players’ mental and physical fitness.

Halifax: Wednesdays 6.30pm – Ovenden Rugby Club.

South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust - mental health crisis support
In Calderdale, 24/7 open access to mental health services is available:

Talking Saves Lives
'Talking saves lives' is a document that contains the contact details of all the mental health organisations in Calderdale.

Unmasked Mental Health provides support to like-minded change seekers in a genuine and personal way. Helping them to feel secure and live life confidently.

PARENTS Online offers text-based emotional support to parents/carers who may have experienced separation from children or a relationship breakdown, which is a key factor in suicide. The service can be used anonymously and is staffed by trained peer support workers with their own lived experience of parenting. Available Monday-Friday 6pm-9pm.

Harmless is a user-led organisation that provides a range of services about self-harm and suicide prevention including support, information, training and consultancy to people who self-harm and those at risk of suicide.  They also offer support and training to service users’ friends, families and professionals who are involved in their care.

Women's Centre
Women's Centre supports women to achieve equality and a better quality of life.

Call: 01422 386500​​​​​​​

Calderdale Armed Forces Veterans Network
Calderdale Armed Forces Veterans Network is a weekly support group based in Halifax for serving and ex-service personnel of all ages and their families to meet in a non-clinical setting.

Combat Stress
Combat Stress is a charity for veterans' mental health. They help former servicemen and women deal with issues like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression.
Freephone: 0800 138 1619 (available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year).

Op COURAGE is an NHS mental health specialist service designed to help serving personnel due to leave the military, reservists, armed forces veterans and their families.