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Behavioural, emotional, and mental health problems

Fluctuating emotions and behaviour are part of normal  growing up, but in some cases they can affect a young person’s ability to cope with life and learning.

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This can manifest in many ways: anger, withdrawal, defiance, lack of self-esteem, aggression, and difficulties with learning to name a few.

The causes can be complex and may be linked to one or more of the challenging circumstances outlined in the other sections on this website.

Behavioural and emotional problems, and mental health problems are not necessarily the same thing. See useful definitions on page 7 of this document. For example, conduct/behaviour problems may be caused by a permanent ‘condition’ – often termed ‘BESD’, Behavioural, Emotional and Social Disorder and be termed as a Special Educational Need. Mental health problems may be temporary and caused by a life ‘circumstance’. We have combined resources here as there are many overlaps.

According to the latest data, around 1 in 8 or 13% of young people have mental health problems; and around 17.5% have a statement/SEN support for social, emotional and mental health needs.

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