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We all go through tough times. Knowing where to get support or how to help someone get support can depend on how things are affecting you or those you are supporting. There are a number of different options available in Kirklees.

Organisations which offer support

  • Brain in Hand
    A digital support system to help people who struggle with anxiety, making decisions, coping with the unexpected or remembering things. Brain in Hand has been commissioned by Kirklees and combines simple digital tools and practical human support to encourage self-management, allowing people to manage their own needs where they can and ask for help when they need it.
  • Website Brain in Hand
  • Email

  • Here for you
    If you or someone you know are struggling with thoughts of feeling down, worried or overwhelmed or are having thoughts of self harm and/or suicide Here for you have local teams available across Kirklees to provide free confidential face to face support from 6pm until midnight. On the night you need support and would like to come to one of our spaces support you can contact the Kirklees team.
  • Phone 07741900395
  • Website Here for You: Out of Hours Support in a Safe Space
  • Social media Follow @HereForYou on social media

  • NHS Kirklees Talking Therapies
    Problems like mild depression, anxiety, stress, panicking, nervousness, isolation and loss of sleep can make it difficult for us to cope with life's daily demands. You do not need to try and cope on your own.
  • Website Kirklees Talking Therapies

  • Calderdale and Kirklees Recovery and Wellbeing College
    For adults who want to improve their own health and wellbeing or that of someone they care for or support. The focus is on learning and building people's skills and knowledge. Therapy and clinical interventions are not provided by the college.
  • Website Calderdale and Kirklees Recovery and Wellbeing College
  • Phone 01924 481060

  • Kirklees adult social care services
    Kirklees Council can help you get to the right place. If you have an urgent need you can phone on weekends and bank holidays.
  • Website Contact adult social care services

  • Samaritans
    You can get in touch about anything that's troubling you, no matter how large or small the issue feels.
  • Website Contact a Samaritan

Other providers

  • Andy's Man Club offers weekly, free to attend, peer to peer, support groups for men aged over 18.
  • Luke's Lads provide free male-only circuit training and support sessions in a safe place to talk.
  • The Brunswick Centre offers a range of services and projects including HIV support and prevention, LGBT youth service, smoking cessation, counselling and training.
  • Calderdale and Kirklees Recovery and wellbeing college offers courses to help learners be well and stay well. Open to all, you can enrol using the website, email or telephone.
  • PeerTalk provide weekly volunteer-facilitated peer support groups for people living with depression, anxiety and related distress.
  • Platform 1 - Counselling Services supports people with complex needs who have often refused to engage with other services. Our mental health counselling services include but are not limited to:
    • Bereavement
    • Trauma and PTSD
    • Addiction
    • Depression and Anxiety
  • Talkthru offer specialist counselling for anyone facing unplanned pregnancy, baby loss or pregnancy-related issues.
  • SKY Positive Minds work to empower vulnerable women, girls and young children from the local community who have experienced domestic abuse, sexual abuse or have been affected by mental health or other challenges.

Support for younger people up to the age of 25

  • Kooth
    Online mental wellbeing community providing free, safe and anonymous support.
  • Website Kooth

  • Thriving Kirklees
    A partnership of local health and wellbeing providers all working together to support children, young people and their families to thrive and be healthy.
  • Website Thriving Kirklees

  • Kirklees Local Offer
    Information, support, services and activities for young people with special educational needs and disabilities in Kirklees.
  • Website Kirklees Local Offer

  • Papyrus
    If you are a young person under 35 having thoughts of suicide or are concerned for a young person who might be, you can contact Papyrus Hopeline UK for confidential support and practical advice.
  • Website Papyrus
  • Phone 0800 068 4141

  • Youth
    LGBT Youth Service delivered by The Brunswick Centre. Providing confidential support for LGBT young people aged 11-24 living, studying or working in Kirklees either group work or one-to-one.
  • Email
  • Phone 07534 075388

  • West Yorkshire Night OWLS Helpline
    A confidential support line for children, young people, their parents and carers who live in Bradford, Leeds, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. If a child or young person you care for is in a crisis and you are concerned about their emotional wellbeing contact Night OWLS.
  • Website West Yorkshire Night OWLS Helpline
  • Phone Freephone 0800 1488 244 or text 07984 392700 (8am to 8pm every day)

Supporting somebody who is grieving

Bereavement support gives advice on how to offer support and tells you about organisations which offer support.

Supporting somebody who is lonely

Isolation, loneliness and social connections gives advice on how to offer support and tells you about organisations which offer support.

Supporting somebody suffering psychological emotional abuse

It can be worrying when someone you care for, or love is being hurt or abused by someone. If you are helping someone who hasn't been open about their abuse, then it can be difficult to know how to start the conversation.

These are some actions you can take to help a person experiencing emotional abuse:

  • Listen - this is the most important one, try not to be judgemental and take care in not blaming
  • Acknowledge that it is tough to talk about and they are strong in doing so. Let them give as little or as much detail as they want.
  • Support and encourage them to express their feelings and allow them to make their own decisions
  • Plan safe strategies to leave the abusive relationship
  • Ensure you do not put yourself in danger. Don't offer to speak to the abuser as you can be seen as a threat to the relationship.

More information: Domestic abuse

Organisations which offer support to victims of domestic abuse

Domestic abuse: Get help and support gives advice on how to offer support and tells you about organisations which offer support.

Working Together Better annual reports 2022/23

Each year the providers in the partnership publish their annual reports. These describe what has been achieved during the year, with some interesting real life stories, and what they hope to develop in the coming year.

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