Infant Mental Health Awareness Week

Australia

7-12th June 2020



Infant Mental Health Awareness Week runs every June to highlight the importance of babies' emotional wellbeing and development. 

The week provides an opportunity for everyone to share work they are doing and to help raise awareness of this important part of early childhood development. 

Infant mental health matters now more than ever. Protecting and promoting infant mental health is particularly important during this difficult time. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis on families is putting some babies’ emotional wellbeing at risk and limiting the ability of vital services to support them. 

Decision makers need to do more to protect and promote babies’ emotional wellbeing and development. 

2020 VISION: SEEING THE WORLD THROUGH BABIES' EYES.

#IMHAW20

Celebrating the minds of babies and toddlers 

This theme enables us to talk about: 

  • What babies are seeing now?
  • How is the current world affecting babies and their relationships and wellbeing?
  • How is the current world affecting babies' mental health?
  • What are the strengths and challenges babies see for them right now and into the future?

    And when you see the world through the eyes of a baby, what do you think will change:

      • For you?
      • For the baby?  
      • For policy makers?

      Our Mission is to help give infants, young children and their families the best possible start in the important, early years of life by improving professional and community understanding that infancy is a critical time for the development of emotional, physical, cognitive, social and mental health.

      "...the developing capacity of the infant and young child (from pregnancy to 3 years old) to experience, express and regulate emotions; form close and secure relationships; and explore the environment and learn," all in the context of the caregiving environment that includes family, community, and cultural expectations (Osofsky & Thomas, Zero to Three, 2012).


      Promote IMH Awareness Week

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      What you can do

      Events

      Members and organisations are encouraged to organise events during Infant Mental Health Awareness Week. Please email information about your event to info@aaimh.org.au 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 AAIMH Membership and the community, but their inclusion in the calendar does not necessarily infer endorsement by AAIMH.