The goal of this year’s Infant Mental Health Awareness Week is to encourage everyone working in children and young people’s mental health policies, strategies and services to think about and include babies. Children and young people’s mental health should refer to the mental health of all children from 0-18 and beyond, but too often it is focussed on older children. There is a “baby blindspot”. The week is encouraging everyone to think and talk about infant, children and young people’s mental health, and to consider how babies’ mental health needs can be met.

A Better Start Southend has teamed up with the other A Better Start sites nationally to deliver a shared learning event around infant mental health. Here in Southend, Dr Ellen Auty will be contributing to an event on the 9th June for professionals in support of the aims of National Infant Mental Health Week.  She will discuss the importance of building positive infant mental health to ensure babies have optimal opportunities to grow and develop their emotional and social wellbeing, and will introduce the work of the Baby Together team in providing support and intervention for parents and their infants in Southend. If you would like to register for this free event, you can do so here. Please do share within your networks.

We will also be sharing some tips, activities and information on social media throughout the week for parents to carry out at home. You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn to find out more.

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