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Social, emotional and mental health for young people

Resources to support wellbeing for young people with SEND during times of transition.

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We have compiled a list of resources to help with:

See also mental health related:


Self care

The Anna Freud - National Centre for Children and Families, has collected a wide range of ideas for the mental health. There are 91 to choose from: 


Worries and anxiety

A useful resource to help young people with worries and anxieties from the Royal College of Psychiatrists. It is a detailed set of documents explaining anxiety and worries, with suggestions about ways to help and support:

The Royal College of Psychiatris also lists the following organisations which specifically support people with anxiety:

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Mental health for children and young people with autism

Ambitious about Autism offer a well-researched resource called ‘Know Your Normal’.

This resource was developed with colleagues from the Centre for Research in Autism Education (CRAE) and helps people with Autism document their usual behaviours and routines so that any changes indicating anxiety or depression can be easily noticed:

There's also a toolkit (booklet) available for download:

Autistica and researchers from Kings College London have developed an App called Molehill Mountain to help people with autism manage anxiety:

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Bereavement

Children and young people who are grieving for the loss of a loved one may benefit from this resource:

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Domestic violence

Citizens’ Advice will have information about services and refuges in local areas:

The National Domestic Abuse Hotline runs a 24-hour helpline for people at risk of domestic violence: 

  • Phone: 0808 200 0247

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Mental health helplines

Mind

Offers confidential help on a range of mental health issues:

Young Minds

ChildLine

A counselling service for children and young people. You can contact ChildLine about anything - no problem is too big or too small.

If you are feeling scared or out of control or just want to talk to someone you can contact ChildLine. 

Call, email or have a 1-2-1 chat with them - send a message to Ask Sam and you can post messages to the ChildLine message boards:

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Mental health apps

Breathe, Think, Do Sesame

This app uses a ‘Sesame Street’ style approach.

Includes a parent section, with free resources such as tips and strategies (including video clips to watch with kids), as well as options to personalize the audio messages kids hear when playing the app, which can be played in English or Spanish. Age 4 plus:

Dreamy Kid

A meditation app that can be used on waking or as they fall asleep:

Stop, Breathe and Think

This app focuses on mindful breathing to create space between thoughts, emotions and reactions:

Smiling Mind

Smiling Mind offers a unique web and app-based tool developed by psychologists and educators to help bring balance to people’s lives. 

Calm

An app focusing on meditation and mindfulness:

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