In 2018, AAIMHI will join with the UK in promoting an awareness of infant mental health during the week of 11-17 June.

Infant Mental Health Awareness Week
was first launched in Australia in June 2017 by the Australian Association for Infant Mental Health Incorporated. It was timed to align with the Infant Mental Health Awareness Week to be held in the UK in the same week, 12-16 June, 2017.

The inaugral Infant Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK was in 2016 when the charity Parent Infant Partnership (PIP) UK set out 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 2016 UK 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 

AAIMHI has developed some resources that you can use in 2018 - see below.

2018 Resources

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



Perhaps you would like to create a BANNER for display? 


Information about Infant Mental Health for parents. INFO SHEET

  • What does good mental health look like?
  • Helping your baby become secure and confident
  • What would babies tell us if they had words?
  • What experiences can harm you baby's mental health?



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, AAIMHI and AIMH UK shared the same week Infant Mental Health Awareness Week as will again happen in 2018.

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

Events

Members and organisations are encouraged to organise events during Infant Mental Health Awareness Week. Please email information about your event to info@aaimhi.org so that it can be included in the Events Calendar on the website.

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.