The Unstoppables, a group of people with SEND aged 13 - 25, have supported a mental health study: SEND and mental health.
Did you know?
"13.3% of disabled people report that they felt lonely “often or always”, compared with only 3.4% for non-disabled people with the greatest disparity for young adults, aged 16 to 24 years old."
“Just because you can’t see my mental health doesn’t mean it’s not there” - quote taken from Unstoppables study
Working with the Somerset Parent Carer Forum, they shared their experiences of living with SEND and the ways that this can affect mental health with the SEND Improvement Board.The study found that getting mental health support right could be life changing for young people with SEND.
The group agreed that organisations need to:
• Listen when young people with SEND share what they are experiencing
• Give them choice over their support
• Build a team around a
young person that works with
them and their family