Infant Mental Health Awareness Week next week
Infant Mental Health Awareness Week in Australia and the UK, 11 – 17 June 2018, seeks to promote the importance of infant mental health and the
early years of a child’s life.
Infant Mental Health Awareness Week was first launched in the UK in June 2016 by the charity Parent Infant Partnership (PIP) UK to raise a greater understanding for policy makers, professionals and parents about why giving every baby the best possible start in life matters to the life chances of children and families. At the launch, Clair Rees emphasised that “Good mental health begins in early childhood. When a baby has the opportunity to form a secure bond with their parent or caregiver, this can support their potential and ability to form healthy relationships throughout life”. Research evidence now confirms a direct link between difficulties in infant parent-child bonding or attachment and psychiatric disorders in later life. “There is a growing acknowledgement that those first early years of a child’s life are absolutely crucial. Getting it right as parents with professional help and public resource to support where needed has the potential to make a huge difference to how that child will grow into an adult contributing to society.”
The Australian Association for Infant Mental Health (AAIMHI) aims to improve professional and community recognition that infancy and early childhood is a critical time for the development of emotional, physical and mental health. You are encouraged to organise activities for 2018 Infant Mental Health Awareness Week which can be advertised on the AAIMHI Event Calendar by emailing Annie Mullan, National AAIMHI Secretary at email@example.com