Mental health in children and young people with SEND

What is Mental Health?

Mental health refers to a person’s cognitive, behavioural, and emotional wellbeing - it is all about how you think, feel, and behave.

There is a wide range of common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety to more complex problems such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Depending on which mental health condition you have, a mental health illness may cause you to feel tired, sad, helpless, angry or agitated all the time. 1 in 4 of us have problems at some time in our lives, such as money worries, stress at work or the death of a loved one, which can affect our mental health.

In a few cases, mental health-related illnesses can cause serious and long-lasting effects. Around a quarter of all GP visits are for a mental health problem.

The relationship between issues with mental health and Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) is complicated. A child or young person with SEND is often at a higher risk of developing a mental health illness or issue but similarly, mental health issues or illnesses can be the cause of SEND.

A mental health crisis or emergency is when you feel you are no longer able to cope and need immediate help.

If you need immediate help, please:

Can't go to Accident and Emergency (A&E)?

If you are not having a mental health crisis, but are looking for urgent support. Please contact one of these support services.