Mental health for disabled children and young people

We help disabled children and young people live the life they choose.

Disabled children and young people face extra stresses and, while many cope well, there are significant challenges for these children and their families in maintaining their mental health throughout childhood and into adulthood. Those with learning disabilities or autism are also at high risk [1]

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We support more than 14,000 disabled young people across the UK with a wide range of support services which all help to nurture their emotional wellbeing.

Living with disabilities can make it harder to form friendships and children can become anxious, frustrated or angry about the barriers that prevent them having an ordinary life.  They may find that medication, appointments and lack of access to activities interferes with their ability to do the things they want to. Dealing with pain or struggling to do things independently can have a long-term effect on their wellbeing.

Our services support the mental health of disabled children

We have specialist services nationwide to support disabled children including:

Watch a guided tour of one of our short breakS services 

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We help to build communication skills

If you can communicate well with others you’ll be understood, which is important for our mental health.  Sometimes, with disabilities, even simple communication can be a struggle, causing misunderstandings and frustration.

For this reason our services use a wide range of techniques and tools tailored to support disabled children.

Find out how we HELPED JENNY AND STEPHEN

We enable participation and help young people manage difficult feelings

We encourage disabled children and young people to choose and get involved in new activities and experiences, we give them opportunities to learn and discover new things building self-esteem and confidence in their abilities. 

Our support also helps build their abilities to deal with challenges in a calmer and more patient way; being able to manage feelings and behaviour helps avoid problems.

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Building friendships

Disabled children can find it harder to build friendships which make life more fun and can be essential when times are difficult.

We’ve helped children like Robert make friends.

12-year-old Robert has autism and haemophilia. Before being supported Robert found it difficult to make friends, he’d been bullied, picked on and laughed at because of being “different”. 

Through one of our short break centres Robert’s social and physical needs were supported such that he was able to make a good friend.  This helped build his confidence and make the move to secondary school much better. 

Robert’s story