Any child or young person can experience challenges to their mental health, but some children and young people are at greater risk of developing mental health needs than others. This will depend on a range of factors including a child’s temperament, the range and severity of challenging life events that they face and have faced previously, and the extent to which they learn coping skills and get support to build their resilience (support provided by emotionally available adults).
Some children and young people will have a history of needing support to develop social and emotional skills in education settings. For others, there may be a sudden change in their mood, behaviours and relationships due to a life experience or event.
Open, warm relationships with children, young people and their families are key to understanding contextual experiences which may be affecting SEMH.