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Mental health support for children and young people with SEND

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) is an NHS service that assesses and treats children and young people with mental health issues.

To get help from the CAMHS learning disability team, you first need to be referred for a CAMHS assessment.

You can ask your GP, health visitor or other health professional to refer you.

You can also make a referral yourself by using the CAMHS website.

CAMHS also sends link workers to local schools to help children with mental health issues.

You can find help and advice for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and mental health issues on the CAHMS site and in the Kooth app.

Other NHS mental health support

You can read about other mental health support from the NHS.

The NHS website can help you to understand common mental health issues, including:

The NHS also has general mental health wellbeing tips.

Your GP has experience in helping children and young people with mental health problems. They can refer you to specialist services.

You can find a GP near you.

Help for parents and carers of children with SEND

These services and organisations can help parents and carers who are concerned about a child or young person's mental health:

  • Mental Health Foundation: download an information pack that gives an introduction to mental health problems in children and young people with learning disabilities  
  • Mencap: mental health advice for people with a learning difficulty and their parents or carers
  • Mental health and autism: advice from the National Autistic Society on mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • YoungMinds: confidential online and telephone support to anyone worried about the emotional and mental wellbeing of a child or young person up to the age of 25
  • MindEd: advice to help parents or carers identify, understand and support children and young people with mental health issues
  • Action for Children: a guide to children's mental health, and how talking about issues can help to prevent long term problems