Mental health (5-16 years old)

Coventry SEND Local Offer

Some children and young people with SEND and their parents and carers have questions or concerns about mental health.

In this section you can find information about what kind of mental health provision is offered and if a child or young person is eligible. 

You can also find out about groups and organisations that do work around mental health in the community and beyond.


Find out about:

View full details of Dimensions Tool - Find Out What Help is Available



The Dimensions tool helps young people, parents, carers, referrers and professionals find out what could be offered to help with their particular difficulties, using a shared database of local interventions.

The database includes interventions across the services for young people, inside and outside the NHS, including those available through charities, support groups and the local authority.

This demonstrates the different kinds of services and support for well-being, with specialist mental health services being needed for only the more severe difficulties.

The Dimensions app has been developed with carers, service users, referrers, local services, clinicians and the CWPT Trust. 


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View full details of Local Organisation - Coventry and Warwickshire MIND



Coventry & Warwickshire Mind is a local mental health charity affiliated to MIND: the leading mental health charity in England & Wales. For over 50 years they have been developing and delivering quality services with, and for, people with mental health problems.

They want to make sure that everyone with a mental health problem gets the support they need and the respect they deserve. This could mean having access to information, a listening ear, or more specialist support and services to help someone to live and recover from their mental health problem.

They have a variety of things on offer.

The MIND Vibes

The MIND Vibes service is a children’s and young people’s service developed to meet the emotional and mental health needs of young people between the ages of 7-19 years.

Coventry MIND Reach 

Reach is a community based children and young people’s service for 5-18 year olds delivered by MIND and Relate.
Reach offers a range of services and self help tools supporting children and young people to manage their emotional well-being.

Services include:

  • Counselling – Face to face or on-line
  • Therapeutic Group Work
  • Peer Support Groups
  • On line self help tools and activities

The Buddy Service

The MIND Buddy Service website empowers young people to take ownership and look at ways to reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness.The support provided can be on a 1-1 or small group basis within the community. The young person will be matched with a buddy based on their likes and similar interests.

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View full details of Mental health support for adults - IAPT


IAPT stands for Improving Access to Psychological Therapy and is an NHS service designed to offer short-term psychological therapies (CBT) to people suffering from anxiety, depression and stress. IAPT may also work with people who suffer from panic disorder, simple phobia, OCD or PTSD.

IAPT services are for people over 16 and registered with a GP in Coventry, Rugby, Solihull or Warwickshire.

The service helps people by:

  • talking about concerns and issues and how these can be addressed by telephone or in person
  • Listening without prejudice

The ways they help (interventions):

  • Psychological Education materials and courses.
  • Computerised Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (cCBT)
  • Guided self-help, helping you manage your symptoms.
  • Group or individual therapy.
  • Books on prescription and recommended helpful reading.

How soon will I get help?

IAPT will take your details and if  it is right for you, they will offer you an assessment to discuss what will be most helpful. This first step will generally be a telephone appointment, so please let them know if this is a problem for you. Your telephone appointment will be within 28 days of your first call to the service.

Your local service

Our staff work across locality teams based in Coventry, Rugby, Solihull and Warwickshire. This means they can provide you with help close to where you live.

The service is run jointly by Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust and Coventry and Warwickshire MIND.

All staff are trained in the use of psychological therapies.

These leaflets have information about IAPT translated into Romanian, Urdu, Arabic, Gujarati, Polish and Punjabi.

For more information, please visit the IAPT website


024 7667 1090

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View full details of Mental health support for adults - Transferring to Adult Mental Health Services


The Adult Mental Health Service works in collaboration with Coventry Warwickshire Partnership Trust, MIND and other organisations to:

  • help people with mental health difficulties live in the community
  • help people avoid mental illness
  • help people who are experiencing mental ill health to recover

When a young person with Mental Health needs transitions into adulthood, they may want to know how to access Mental Health Services as an adult.

Here are a list of ways to make the transition to Adult Mental Health Services, based on their situation. 

The young person is currently involved with CAMHS or Rise 

If a young person is currently involved in Rise, their RISE worker will arrange for the young person to transition to Adult Mental Health, where this is appropriate. Any questions about this transfer should be directed to the RISE worker in the first instance. 

The young person is Looked After

When a Looked After young person is transitioning into adulthood, their social worker will coordinate the transition into Adult Mental Health, where this is appropriate. Any questions about this transition should be directed to the young person’s social worker in the first instance. 

The young person is not currently involved with a mental health professional or service, but feels they may need to access services from the Adult Mental Health team when they reach 18. 

The Adult Mental Health team is very interested in making sure that people transitioning to adulthood receive the right mental health support at the right time. If a young person or adult feels that they need mental health services they can: 

  • Call the 24/7 helpline: 0800 616 171. The Helpline team will listen to the young person’s situation and point them in the direction of the most appropriate help.
  • Talk to their GP. A young person’s GP can call the Central Booking line at : 0300 200 0011 Opt. 1. A member of the Central Booking team will recommend the most appropriate help that is available for the young person. The young person can call this number any time, they can call the number even if they are not currently receiving support from Mental Health Services.
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View full details of Mental Health Support for Children - CAMHS Specialist Learning Disability Team


Who are we?

The LD - CAMHS are a multi-disciplinary team who work with children who have a moderate to severe learning disability and additional significant mental health/behavioural problems. We endeavour to work closely with young people, their families and other professionals who are also supporting the young person. We accept referrals for children and young people aged 0-18 years old that have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP ). Our service only supports children with Section G of their EHCP.

If children are referred over the age of 16 years, our team will work with adult services and transition forums as needed. 

Who is in the team?

A young person with Special Education Needs and Disabilities may need to be supported by a number of different professionals. We have the following professionals on our team:

  • Consultant psychiatrist
  • Clinical psychologist
  • Specialist Learning Disability Nurses
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Speech and Language therapist

What do we offer?

A young person and their family are offered an initial assessment which will determine if we are the right service to help with their difficulties. This will be carried out by one of the clinical professionals in the team.

Initial assessments are often held in clinic but can be arranged to be carried out at home or school. It is essential that the young person and the parents/carers attend the assessment.

If a young person qualifies for our service a specialist assessment will be carried out. This may involve:

  • Formal mental health, behavioural, psychological, sensory and/or communication assessments
  • Direct interviews and observations of the young person, parents/carers/schools/respite carers
  • Indirect interviews / gathering historical information
  • Group intervention

Intervention will depend on the outcome of the specialist assessments and may include:

  •  Working with the people around the young person, at home, in school and respite services
  • Direct work with the young person

Sometimes it is necessary for a young person to be under the care of our Consultant Psychiatrist, this would be for:

  • Medication
  • Diagnosis

Who can refer?

Referrals are accepted from:

Any professional that is involved with a child or young person as part of a local tiered response. This could be:

  • Social Workers
  • Teachers
  • Health Visitors
  • Paediatricians
  • School Nurses
  • Primary Mental Health Workers
  • Doctors
  • Educational Psychologists.

When a referral comes through a school, the Head Teacher should be notified. 


Referral Guidelines LD - CAMHS


 0300 200 2021

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View full details of Mental Health Support for Children - RISE and the Neurodevelopmental Service


What is Rise?

RISE is Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust's and the NHS' emotional well-being and mental health services for children and young people in Coventry and Warwickshire. In 2017 they put a short list of names out to vote and 'Rise' was the chosen name for the services.

Rise seeks to work more closely with schools, voluntary community services, Social Care and Primary Care (such as GP practices) to increase support for the children and young people who need it. We have put in place and continue to develop programmes and training packages that can be accessed by our partners.

The key aims of Rise are:

  • Increased emphasis on prevention and early intervention for mental health issues
  • Focus on building resilience 
  • to be integrated in our working, especially with schools
  • to work with a child or young person's family and extended network
  • to support in partnership with the system complex and vulnerable children
  • to help children and young people bounce back when things get tough
  • to make getting help really easy - our vision is : ‘No door being the wrong door’
  • to support children and young people aged 0-25 in a way that matters to them
  • to support the whole family – not just the child
  • to reach out to those who need us most

For more information, please see the Rise website

Neurodevelopmental Service

What is The Neurodevelopmental Service?

The Neurodevelopmental Service is a highly skilled multidisciplinary team within the wider Rise service who provide assessment and diagnosis of neurodevelopmental disorders including ASD, ADHD, Tourette’s and Dyspraxia (as a co-occurring disorder).

The Neurodevelopmental service was created in order to meet the needs of children and young people with these disorders, understanding that they may not have a Learning Disability and/or a Mental Health concern.  It also appreciates that these individuals have needs which should be supported in a holistic way, including social, emotional and physical well- being. The vision of the service is to improve the child/young person’s life chances by reducing/preventing co morbid acute mental health problems such as anxiety, depression and self-harm and reducing/preventing family, social and educational breakdown. The Neurodevelopmental Service also strives to support the child/young person in reaching their individual potential.

The aims:

  • To reduce the occurrence of mental health concerns requiring specialist mental health services for children and young people with neurodevelopmental disorders
  • To provide streamlined assessment  and diagnosis process for children and young people with co- occurring neurodevelopmental disorders
  • To provide specialist pre and  post assessment/diagnostic support to families and carers of children and young people with neurodevelopmental disorders
  • To provide group interventions to support secondary symptoms relating to neurodevelopmental disorders such as managing anxiety,  anger and other emotions, communication difficulties, and sensory differences.
  • To provide specialist psychological/ therapeutic interventions for children with complex needs relating to their neurodevelopmental disorders that cannot be successfully supported in or are not appropriate for mental health services.
  • To work with other services to ensure access to support for children and young people with Neurodevelopmental Disorders and their families is core to what they provide.

For more information, please see the Neurodevelopmental Service website.

For information about referring in to the service, please see How to refer to the Neurodevelopment Service

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View full details of National Organisation - Minded for Families



MindEd for Families - Children and Teens

Are you a parent or carer who is concerned about the mental health of your child or teenager?

Do you just want some hints and tips on parenting?

MindEd for Families has advice and information from trusted experts and will help you to understand what problems occur, what you can do to best support your family and how to take care of yourself.

MindEd for Families is written by a team of specialists and parents working together. 

For more information, please visit the MindEd website 

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View full details of National Organisation - Rethink



Rethink helps millions of people affected by mental illness by challenging attitudes and changing lives.

They provide expert, accredited advice and information to everyone affected by mental health problems.

For more information, please visit the Rethink website.

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