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SEND

For resources and advice on Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) please refer to our webpage.

 

West Berkshire Council's Local Offer sets out provision which is available for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), aged 0 to 25, including education, health and social care services.

Youth Mental Health First Aid

For many people, the idea of intervening in a mental health crisis might be a daunting prospect due to fear of saying the wrong thing or making matters worse. However, Youth Mental Health First Aid England have compiled a helpful list of contacts and websites that could help you, or a young person in need, find the advice they need.

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Many services contribute to the mental health and emotional wellbeing of a child or young person. Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) consist of a range of specialist trained specifically to promote emotional and mental health wellbeing in children, young people and their families.

Referrals to CAMHS are usually arranged through GPs and other healthcare professionals. In some circumstances, teachers can also make referrals.

Depression and Anxiety

Depression affects emotions, thinking, behaviour and physical wellbeing. It impacts individuals in many ways.

Anxiety is usually caused by environmental factors, medical factors, genetics, brain chemistry, or a combination of these. Usually, anxiety is a response to outside forces, but it is also possible that young people make themselves anxious with ‘negative self-talk’ – a habit of always telling themselves the worst will happen.

Suicide and Psychosis

Suicidal behaviour exists along a continuum from thinking about ending one’s life to developing a plan, to non-fatal suicidal behaviour, to ending one’s life.

Psychosis is a general term to describe a mental health issue in which a young person experiences changes in thinking, perception, mood and behaviour which can severely disrupt their life. The main psychotic diagnoses are: bipolar disorder, psychotic depression, and schizophrenia.

Self-Harm and Eating Disorders

Self-harm is a behaviour and not an illness. People self-harm to cope with emotional distress or to communicate that they are distressed.

Eating disorders involve a disturbance of eating habits or weight-control behaviour which results in impairment to physical health or which affects the person’s psychological and social functioning.

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