Infant Mental Health Awareness Week

Australia

7-13th June 2021



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.

2021 VISION: INCLUDING INFANTS.

#IMHAW21 and #IncludingInfants

Including infants in children and young peoples mental health 

The goal of this years IMHAW theme is to encourage everyone working in children and young peoples mental health policies, strategies and services to think about and include babies. Children and young peoples 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. We are encouraging everyone to think and talk about infant, children and young peoples mental health, and to consider how babies mental health needs can be met.

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).


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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.