Page Updated: 8th September 2020
This page contains useful resources around mental health for those with SEND.
Fact Sheet on Mental Health- from Reaching Families and Amaze
Reaching Families and Amaze Brighton have come together to produce a series of fact sheets written for parent carers by parent carers.
Parent carers have been involved in all stages of the project, from identifying topics to cover and helping to edit content. They would welcome feedback from parents and professionals on their fact sheets. If you have any comments or recommendations for additional content please contact their project manager Brian O’Hagan at [email protected]
Life brings many additional challenges for our children, not only because they may feel acutely aware that their disability makes them ‘different’ to their peers but also because they may be more vulnerable to some mental health conditions because of their disability. Some children with autism, for example, can be more likely to develop conditions such as anxiety, depression, or obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
Download the rest of the Mental Health Fact sheet on Reaching Families website
Challenging behaviour-Reaching Families animation
Reaching Families has been working with West Sussex County Council to pilot the delivery of animations on various issues related to children with SEND. We hope this novel method of delivery will help in reaching parents of children who may not be interested in attending training or who enjoy receiving information in a visual format. Initial feedback on the animations listed below has been very positive. Over time we therefore hope to publish more animations on a wide variety of subjects.
The Anger MAP - resource from Special Needs Road Maps
Anxiety in Autism Booklet (from the Autism Research Group)
"Over the past 10-15 years, research has confirmed what many parents and teachers have long suspected – that many autistic children often experience
very significant levels of anxiety. This guide provides an overview of what is currently known about anxiety in autism; how common it is, what causes it,
and what strategies might help to manage and reduce it.
Go to the City of London University website to download a copy of this booklet (pictured below)
Time For Each Other - a story of how we can look after our brains and promote better mental health
Developmental Trauma & Attachment (Beacon House)
‘Developmental Trauma is the term used to describe the impact of early, repeated abuse, neglect, separation and adverse experiences that happens within the child’s important_ relationships.’ – Quote from article by Beacon House with more information on Developmental Trauma
Children who have suffered trauma can feel a constant state of danger and will operate out of the ‘primitive brain’ which is responsible for fight/ flight and freeze responses. Even if the child is in a safe environment it can be very hard to turn off these responses without support. Without support children are stuck in survival mode and don’t have the opportunity to grow and learn as much as they should. Developmental trauma can happen from a very early age and if misunderstood can greatly impact the progressions of a child and their ability to form good attachments, it is important for all those who care and work with traumatised children to know this so they can help them progress.
Beacon House is an inclusive, flexible and client-led service with a team of professional, warm and highly experienced chartered psychologists, psychiatrists, psychotherapists and occupational therapists. They provide a wide range of mental health assessments and effective therapies for children and young people, families and adults who are experiencing mental health difficulties, emotional and behavioural problems and relationship conflict.
View their service summary card for any ongoing training and sessions. Beacon House also have a range of [resources you can view on their website](https://beaconhouse.org.uk/resources/).
West Sussex MIND, mental health training
West Sussex MIND is an independent local mental health charity working in West Sussex who aim to promote good mental health through providing high quality services and through campaigning to improve services, raise awareness and understanding.
View more information on their service summary card
View training events by going to their