When we talk about mental health in the context of SEMH meaning, we are moving more towards talking about a diagnosable mental health condition or a set of symptoms that might see someone seek professional support. A key feature of mental health challenges are seemingly irrational fears, obsessional pre-occupations, persistent intrusive thoughts, rumination, safety behaviours and actions/thoughts/feelings that are based on an issue the person may have with how they are processing the world around them. For example a highly anxious child may see threats in every day situations based on their experiences or understanding. A child may have a low sense of self worth and this may impact on how they perceive interactions with others or how they tackle school work. A normal response to an adverse situation is not a sign of poor mental health, but poor emotional wellbeing. This period may however cause adjustments in a child/young person’s beliefs about the world and responses that may cause problems for them that develop into mental health conditions later on.
How we think affects how we feel (MH to Social). How we feel can affect how we think (Emotional to MH). How we feel can affect how we interact (Emotional to Social). How we interact can affect how we feel (Emotional to Social). How we think can affect how relate to others (Social to Mental Health) and finally how we interact with others can lead to changes in how we think (Mental Health to Social).
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Is SEMH a SEN?
The SEN COP 2015 highlighted SEMH as a special education need. Children demonstrating these needs often struggle to regulate their emotions and have difficulty responding to every day challenges.
What causes SEMH?
Social Emotional and Mental Health needs can be attributed to many different causes, some less obvious than others. Life experiences, genetic factors, environments all play a part and all need to be considered.
What does SEMH stand for? Also “What is SEMH?” or “What is the definition of SEMH?”
Social Emotional and Mental Health.