Resources to support wellbeing for young people with SEND during times of transition.
We have compiled a list of resources to help with:
- Self care
- Worries and anxiety
- Mental health for children and young people with autism
- Domestic violence
See also mental health related:
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:
- Self care ideas (Anna Freud website)
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:
- Worries and anxieties - helping children to cope: for parents and carers (Royal College of Psychiatrists website)
The Royal College of Psychiatrists also lists the following organisations which specifically support people with anxiety:
- Anxiety UK website- A charity providing information and support for people suffering with anxiety problems.
- The Child Anxiety Network website - Provides thorough, user-friendly information about child anxiety.
- Young Minds (Parents helpline) website - For any adult concerned about the emotions and behaviour of a child or young person. Parents' helpline 0808 802 5544
- Talking to your child about coronavirus (Young Minds website) - with blogs and ideas about support during this time
- Youth Access - Offers information, advice and counselling in the UK.
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:
- Know your normal (Ambitious about Autism website)
There's also a toolkit (booklet) available for download:
- Our toolkit (Ambitious about Autism website)
Autistica and researchers from Kings College London have developed an App called Molehill Mountain to help people with autism manage anxiety:
- Molehill Mountain App (Autistica website)
Children and young people who are grieving for the loss of a loved one may benefit from this resource:
- Child bereavement UK website
Citizens’ Advice will have information about services and refuges in local areas:
- Domestic violence and abuse - organisations which give information and advice (Citizens' Advice website)
The National Domestic Abuse Hotline runs a 24-hour helpline for people at risk of domestic violence:
Mental health helplines
Offers confidential help on a range of mental health issues:
- Phone: 0300 123 3393
- Information for children and young people (Mind website)
- Phone: 0808 802 5544
- Anxiety and depression (Young Minds website)
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:
- Phone: 0800 11 11
- Call, chat or email (ChildLine website)
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:
- Breathe, Think, Do Sesame (common sense media website)
A meditation app that can be used on waking or as they fall asleep:
- Dreamy Kid website
Stop, Breathe and Think
This app focuses on mindful breathing to create space between thoughts, emotions and reactions:
- Stop, Breathe and Think website
Smiling Mind offers a unique web and app-based tool developed by psychologists and educators to help bring balance to people’s lives.
- Smiling Mind website
An app focusing on meditation and mindfulness:
- Calm website