Get the support you need in Kirklees
Anyone can feel low, alone and even suicidal.
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Below, you can find links to support services in Kirklees.
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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.
Suicide Prevention - Guidance for Frontline Workers and Volunteers - This guidance is for anyone in Kirklees supporting people to help them feel more confident to talk to someone about suicide.
'20 minutes to save a life' video
Watch a 20-minute suicide awareness video from Zero Suicide Alliance (viewable on smart phones).
West Yorkshire Suicide Bereavement Service
West Yorkshire Suicide Bereavement Service provides practical and emotional support to people who have been affected by a suicide bereavement. In Kirklees and Leeds, this includes support for children and families.
Absolute Specialists Wellbeing
Absolute Specialists Wellbeing help individuals build emotional resilience and wellbeing using the Focussed Mindfulness Method. Referrals and self-referrals are available by contacting Clare Walters at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling/texting 07984 115927.
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.
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 for bank holidays).
Luke's Lads encourages and supports men to talk about their feelings in an alternative environment. They offer support sessions offering a safe place to speak. They are based in Heckmondwike, Kirklees.
Men’s Talk is a creative advocacy project for men with experience of mental health issues. They aim to engage men in a creative process that enables them to explore their experiences of mental health.
Move Enjoy Network
Run by Batley Bulldogs Rugby Club, the Move Enjoy Network is a project aimed at improving men’s mental health and fitness. Referrals and walk-ins are welcome Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Platform 1 is a charity in Huddersfield working with men that have lived in isolation due to their illnesses. Men can choose their own recovery, at their own pace, in a safe and non-judgemental environment.
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 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.
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.
Any 10-25 year old in the Kirklees area can sign themselves up anonymously for free, safe, same-day, BACP accredited support on Kooth.com. 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 - 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
Peer Talk provides a network of peer support group meetings for people who experience depression, anxiety and similar distress. A peer support group meets in Huddersfield, for people living with depression, anxiety and other related distress and mental health issues. It is a weekly group, which meets in person every Thursday evening, 7.30-9pm, at St. Paul’s Methodist Church, Wakefield Rd, Dalton, Huddersfield, HD5 8DE. There is no need for referrals or bookings, the group is free and there are no waiting lists. Anyone wishing to attend is welcome to call 07719 562617 for a friendly chat beforehand.
Peer Talk also meets in Batley on Wednesday mornings at Jo Cox House, 90 Commercial Street, Batley, WF17 5DS, from 11am to 12.30pm.
Mental Health Crisis Support
Kirkless Council's website gives information about what to do in a crisis.
Mental Health Support Card
Download the Mental Health Support Card for key mental health support contacts.
South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust
In Kirklees, 24/7 open access to our mental health services:
- Adults (aged 18+) – 01924 316830
- Children and young people (CAMHS) 0300 304 5555
- People with a learning disability – 01924 316714
Thriving Kirklees Crisis Support
Thriving Kirklees is the partnership providing health and wellbeing services for Kirklees children and young people aged 0-19 years and their families.
Freephone: 0300 304 5555 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
Touchstone Well-bean Café Crisis Support
The Well-bean Crisis Café provides a safe space for Kirklees residents who are experiencing a crisis. The cafe offers a warm person-centred approach to crisis support and is available every night from 6pm-midnight.For telephone referrals please ring: 07741 900395 (Friday-Monday) 07867 028755 (Tuesday-Thursday).
Kirklees Council's Cost of Living website
Kirklees Council's 'Cost of Living' pages detail advice and support on finances, debt, reducing energy bills, the cost of food and mental health.
The council has also produced a cost of living practice guide for community workers and volunteers to support conversations with people impacted by the rising cost of living. A short version is also available.
Money On Your Mind
Money On Your Mind helps make debts manageable and build more resilient mental health in the area via organisations that offer free and confidential support.
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.
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).
Veterans Mental Health Complex Treatment Service
Veterans Mental Health Complex Treatment Service provides an enhanced service for military veterans who have service attributable, complex mental health problems many of whom will have experienced trauma, which has not been resolved earlier in the care/support pathway.