About Open Minds (previously Calderdale CAMHS)


1. About Open Minds

Open Minds Northpoint (previously Calderdale Tier 2 CAMHS) are commissioned to deliver signposting, advice and “getting help” services in Calderdale for young people experiencing emotional and mental health problems. We deliver our services from a number of accessible venues across Calderdale, including libraries, schools and children’s centres.

We run the First Point of Contact, a single point of access for all Open Minds referrals (including ASD and ADHD) in Calderdale. We offer consultation, support, advice and referral guidance to parents/carers, young people and professionals in the Calderdale area who have questions or concerns around the mental health or emotional wellbeing of children and young people. The team is made up of support staff, triage worker, duty workers and a co-ordinator.

We have a team of therapeutic and well-being practitioners who deliver time limited interventions to children and young people assessed as requiring a direct “getting help” intervention.

We work closely with partners in SWYT and wider services to ensure young people can access the support they need in a timely manner.

The team deliver mental health training to professionals via the workforce development team and in schools. We also have a schools link worker who works more strategically with schools around mental and emotional health.

We work closely with partner agencies to deliver a Transition Support Project in schools, aimed at young people in years 5 & 6 who are approaching transition.

It is run by Northpoint Wellbeing as part of the Open Minds partnership, which is commissioned by Calderdale Council and NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). The Open Minds partnership comprises Northpoint Wellbeing, the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SWYT), Noah’s Ark and other partners.

2. When can Open Minds help?

Open Minds may be able to help when emotional or mental health problems which significantly affect a child’s daily life have persisted despite a preventative or universal services intervention.

A referral to Open Minds should be considered if some or all of the following issues are present:
• Serious deterioration in self-care
• All/most family members highly distressed
• Non-school attendance as a result of mental health presentation
• Serious deterioration in academic attainment related to mental health presentation
• Social withdrawal (e.g. no contact with friends)
• Relations with peers leading to serious risk-taking

Open Minds works with children and young people in most need of mental health services. Therefore we do not normally offer face-to-face treatment for:
• normal reactions to adverse life events (e.g. anxiety / distress following bereavement or divorce)
• difficulties which are normal to children’s development, such as temper tantrums, or oppositional teenagers, or
• difficulties which could be helped by services working in schools and children’s centres

Open Minds can also provide consultation to help and support other professionals working with complex cases. You can request this support at:  https://calderdalecamhs.org.uk/prof-cons-req/

3. What does Open Minds provide?

Open Minds provides an integrated service which offers support at the ‘Getting Help’ and ‘Getting More Help’ within the THRIVE Framework, depending on the needs of the young person/family.

Open Minds (Northpoint) offers advice and support to professionals working with children & young people where emotional, behavioural or mental health problems are not responding to preventative or universal services interventions.

Open Minds (Northpoint) practitioners may also offer initial face-to-face brief treatments for children & young people and/or families/carers where appropriate. Interventions are often provided in community settings such as children’s centres, schools and health centres. A range of short term interventions can be offered depending on the needs of the young person/family.

Open Minds (SWYT) works with more severe, complex, and enduring difficulties. They can also help where there is a reasonable indication that the child may have complex neurodevelopmental difficulties (eg autistic spectrum disorder, ADHD or other difficulties that may require a multi-disciplinary assessment).

Open Minds (SWYT) are able to work with children & young people where there are signs and symptoms suggestive of the following:
• ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) in children aged 6 and above
• Moderate to severe depression
• Moderate to severe anxiety or phobia (not responding to other interventions)
• Post Traumatic Disorder (presenting 3 months or more after the event)
• Attachment disorder
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
• Autistic Spectrum Disorders in school aged children (assessment and diagnosis)
• Psychosis (if over 14yrs should be referred to Insight Team in Calderdale on 01422 262 333)
• Eating disorders (such as Anorexia Nervosa or Bulimia)
• Conduct disorder (where there is a mental health presentation)
• Tic disorders (including Tourette’s Syndrome)

Factors such as level of parental/carers concern, level of distress in the child, how long the problem has been going on, and known risk and/or resilience factors will all be taken into account.

4. Specialist pathways

There are clear pathways within Open Minds (SWYT) for referrals for children with Learning Disabilities, young people with eating disorders, young people with ADHD, and young people with ASD (autistic spectrum disorders).