Forced Marriage is a Crime- it’s Your Right to Choose Who You Marry

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A forced marriage is where one or both people do not (or in cases of people with learning disabilities, cannot) consent to the marriage and some elements of pressure or abuse are used. The pressure put on people to marry against their will can be physical (including threats, actual physical violence and sexual violence) or emotional and psychological (for example, when someone is made to feel like they’re bringing shame on their family). Financial abuse (taking your wages or not giving you any money) can also be a factor. In the UK Forced Marriage is seen as a form of violence against women, men and children which cannot be justified on religious or cultural grounds. It is a criminal offence to force someone to marry.

Find out more information from this Safeguarding guide

Have your say on GP services in Calderdale

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NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) wants to improve healthcare available to people living across the borough.

NHS England are making extra funding available to CCGs for use in order to improve access to GP services, by offering more appointments with GPs and Nurse Practitioners.

Additional GP appointment slots may be delivered as routine pre-bookable appointments at evenings and weekends. This may not be in your local surgery, but would be offered at other locations across Calderdale.

You can give your views by completing a survey either;

This public engagement runs from Monday 25 September until Friday 6 November 2017.

For more information, visit

25 Years of World Mental Health Day

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Since 1992 people all over the world have been holding events, making announcements and celebrating #WorldMentalHealthDay and on Tuesday 10 October 2017 they will be doing so again.

This year’s theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health is mental health in the workplace.

The WFMA say they want;

“… a global consensus to support mental health and wellbeing in the workplace, one that makes it easier for people with mental health conditions to seek help in and out of the workplace, with an environment that fosters good employment practices with regard to mental health.”

They are asking employers to sign a pledge around appreciating employees, creating supportive environments, stress management and lots more. You can find out more on the WFMA website.

You can find more about World Mental Health Day in the UK on the Mental Health Foundation website.

It’s an important anniversary for mental health in Leeds too: MindWell is one year old on 10 October. Happy Birthday MindWell!

Forum Central is keen join in by promoting all the wonderful things that Leeds is doing for World Mental Health Day.


The MindWell team and members of Forum Central will be hosting a stall and wellbeing space at Leeds Markets on World Mental Health Day, Tuesday 10 October, 10am-4pm.

Is your organisation planning an event for that week? Will you be running something that you want other organisations to come and promote their services at? Can we help get the word out about what you’ll be doing?


If so email

Support after suicide

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Suicide can have a massive, wide reaching impact on those who are bereaved and affected.

To make sure that people who are affected by suicide are offered appropriate support, when they need it, Suicide Bereavement UK have launched a national survey. Its aim is to collect evidence of the impact of suicide in the UK, where support is good, and where there needs to be more.

Please share this post and encourage anyone who has been touched by suicide to complete the survey at

Get Ready for Stoptober and Start your Smokefree Future!

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Stoptober, the 28-day stop smoking challenge from Public Health England, is back for the sixth time and it’s bigger than ever.

Over 1 million people have joined Stoptober since 2012. Research shows that if you can make it to 28 days smoke free, you’re 5 times more likely to stay quit for good and the campaign will highlight some of the best ways to quit.

To find out more about Stoptober visit or contact the Calderdale Smokefree Service

Join thousands of others and make Stoptober the start of your smokefree future!

Thriving not just surviving: Young Men and Mental Health

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Comic Relief is seeking proposals to deliver specialised mental health provision which puts the needs of young men at the heart of their work. They are especially interested in funding organisations that test out different approaches to engagement and support to establish what works.

Mental health problems affect approximately 1 in 10 children and young people. They include depression, anxiety and self-harm, and are often a direct response to what is happening in their lives. Young men in the UK face specific challenges. Suicide rates continue to be high amongst men under 35 and we know that many services are struggling to identify and engage effectively with young men in order for them to access the support they need.

There is a persistent gap between the attitudes of men and women, with men consistently showing less positive attitudes about mental health and a reluctance to speak out and seek help. Stigma and gender stereotypes remain key barriers to young men seeking support. Those that do are often discouraged by formal or clinical-environments, and may be put off by traditional ‘talking therapy’ approaches. There is a need to invest in more services that take a ‘male positive’ approach to ensure the needs of young men are met.

There will be approximately 20 grants of around £100,000-£150,000 available across the UK.

Comic Relief encourage applicants to co-design activities with young men to ensure their needs, interests and priorities are met as well as challenging the barriers they face in accessing mental health provision.

The deadline for applications is 13 October 2017

Click here for more information.

Calderdale Staying Safe Flyer 

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Have you or a family member been affected by Domestic Abuse?
Do you need some support or someone to talk to about the abuse?
Are you struggling to cope with the effects of family violence?

Calderdale Staying Safe, the Domestic Abuse Support Service has released a flyer that can be downloaded and printed to give the latest information on how to contact them, 01422 323339 Monday to Friday 9am-5pm. The leaflet also includes the out of hours number.

In an emergency, call 999 or to report an incident to the Police, please call 101.

Staying Safe has a skilled, experienced and diverse staff team who speak other languages or will make every effort to find language support through interpreters.

This is a free and confidential service to anyone aged 16 and above, who has been affected by domestic abuse and who lives in Calderdale.
Support is available to people regardless of their sexuality, gender, disability, religion or ethnic origin.
Support is also available for children 5 years and above, who have been affected by domestic abuse.
There are dedicated male and female support workers.

Download the Calderdale Staying Safe Flyer.

Young Onset Dementia and Alzheimer’s Group

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Dementia affects people of all ages and if you or a family member are living with early onset dementia you may feel lost and alone.

Join Staying Well at Halifax Opportunities Trust on Hanson Lane HX1 5PG for a cuppa and a chat starting 6 October at 2pm-4pm.

For more information call Julie on 07590 831791.