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