SEMH Needs

Definition: The World Health Organization (2011) describes mental health as: ‘A state of wellbeing in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can e with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.’

One-in-four adults and one-in-ten children experience mental illness during their lifetime, and many more of us know and care for people who do.

Improved mental health and wellbeing is associated with a range of better outcomes for people of all ages and backgrounds.

These include:

  • improved physical health and life expectancy
  • better educational achievement
  • increased skills
  • reduced health risk behaviours such as smoking and alcohol misuse
  • reduced risk of mental health problems and suicide
  • improved employment rates and productivity
  • reduced anti-social behaviour and criminality
  • and higher levels of social interaction and participation(NHS, 2019)

Department for Education – Mental Health and Behaviour in School – November 2018

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