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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 (PIP) 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.”
Tim Loughton MP for East Worthing & Shoreham and Co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group Conception to Age 2: first 1001 days, UK

The 1001 Critical Days Manifesto was launched as a cross party children’s manifesto in the UK and has influenced 1001 Critical Days coalitions across the world, supporting the development of an early childhood development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN.  Read more 

In 2017, AAIMHI seeks to join the UK in promoting an awareness of infant mental health, by launching the inaugural Infant Mental Health Awareness Week in Australia, 12-16 June 2017. In doing so, 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.

AAIMHI invites individuals and organisations to join in celebrating the inaugural Infant Mental Health Awareness Week in Australia, 12-16 June 2017, by raising awareness in your workplace or community.

You are encouraged to organise activities for 2017 Infant Mental Health Awareness Week and they can be advertised on the AAIMHI website by emailing Annie Mullan, National AAIMHI Secretary   secretary@aaimhi.org                                         PRINT this information

Resources

Would you like to put this POSTER up in your workplace or print as A4 handout? Download PDF or please contact  secretary@aaimhi.org  if you would prefer .jpg or .ai files.

And please share this beautiful 'Letter from your baby' written by Andrew Roberts


Dear Mum and Dad,

This first year is pretty intense, isn’t it? You’re adjusting to huge changes in your world. So am I! It’s going to take time and patience for us to figure things out together.

I can’t tell you in words yet what I feel and what I need. A lot of the time you’ll have to guess, and you won’t always get it right. But please keep trying. Just the way you keep trying reassures me that you love me, and that’s the most important thing I need to know.

When you look at me and smile, it feels wonderful.......

Read and download the COMPLETE LETTER
Made available by permission from Andrew Roberts, author

And perhaps you would like to create a BANNER for display? This can be dowloaded as PDF or please contact  secretary@aaimhi.org  for .jpg or .ai files.

How to care for infant mental health
Listen to or read the transcript and forward on to your colleagues this informative PODCAST of ABC radio program All in the Mind with Lynne Malcolm interviewing Prof Louise Newman, Sally Watson (President, AAIMHI) and Kathy (mother to Tomas) in May 2016. PODCAST  or  TRANSCRIPT of interview

And if you have the opportunity, why not display this INTERACTIVE POSTER? Simply download the PDF and then click on the 3 video links (i.e. click on the words above the arrows).

Other information

Infant Mental Health Awareness Week was first introduced in the UK in 2016. In 2017 they share the same week as in Australia and their theme is pregnancy ... Begin before Birth.  See UK website

First 1000 Days Australia - the Australian Model of the 1001 critical days international manifesto. READ MORE

Events

A small number of events have been organised during Infant Mental Health Awareness Week. Please see Events Calendar for details.

Please Note: Any external events are advertised for the interest of the AAIMHI Membership and the community, but their inclusion in the calendar does not necessarily infer endorsement by AAIMHI.