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Social, Emotional & Mental Health Needs

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About social, emotional & mental health needs

Social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs is an umbrella term for children and young people who have difficulties with controlling their emotions and often show inappropriate responses and feelings to situations.

Children and young people with SEMH needs may have trouble in making and keeping friends; they can also struggle with learning and to cope in mainstream schools and colleges. Children and young people with SEMH can feel anxious, scared and misunderstood. They may display one or more of the following:

  • Disruptive/anti-social/uncooperative behaviour
  • Temper tantrums
  • Frustration/anger/verbal and/or physical aggression
  • Withdrawal and/or depression
  • Anxiety
  • Self-harm
  • Stealing
  • Truancy
  • Damage to the environment
  • Drug and/or alcohol abuse
  • Setting fires

SEMH needs is not always a lifelong condition. With appropriate support children and young people can make progress and lead successful lives. Support can include use of medication, specialist strategies and therapeutic approaches such as counselling and cognitive behaviour therapy.

Who to contact

For further support and guidance you can contact the Rochdale Additional Needs Service.

Tel: 01706 926400

Email: RANS/

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