AIMH(NI)
ASSOCIATION FOR INFANT MENTAL HEALTH (NORTHERN IRELAND)


Latest Events/News:



•Have a look at the new Mental Health Strategy for 2021-2031. Click the following link for more information: Mental Health Strategy for 2021-2031


• Interim Mental Health Champion, Siobhan O’Neill, lends her support and endorsement to the #StrongerFromTheStart campaign on enhancing infant mental health promotion & provision in Northern Ireland.




7th-13th June 2021 - It's Infant Mental Health Awareness Week Join our campaign to help raise awareness and make babies and their families #strongerfromthestart. Click here to download our Social Media Pack.


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•Did you know..?🤰👶👇 Small, day-to-day interactions between babies & parents/carers make the greatest difference to #infantmentalhealth Investing in the parent-infant relationship makes families, communities & society #strongerfromthestart Read more: https://ctt.ec/q0gC4+


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•Did you know...?🤰👶👇#IMHAW21 There is an ever-growing body of research on: - the impact of pre-birth, baby & infant experiences on later development - ‘what works’ to address this impact & improve future life outcomes #strongerfromthestart Read more: https://ctt.ec/wymfL+


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•Did you know...?🤰👶👇#IMHAW21 COVID-19 has affected parents, babies & services that support them in diverse ways. Families already at risk of poorer outcomes have suffered the most. Recovery means #includinginfants, significant & sustained investment: https://ctt.ec/2WaGk+


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•Join our #IMHAW21 call for the NI Mental Health Strategy to be #strongerfromthestart. Early years investment is the most evidenced & cost-effective way of transforming child & family outcomes. #includinginfants delivers generational change. https://cutt.ly/jb2edNE


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Did you know....? #infantmentalhealth isn't about perfection. Good enough parenting really is good enough! Babies are wired for connection. We need to help them explore the world & understand where they fit in. #strongerfromthestart Read more: https://ctt.ec/k73R_+


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Open letter to NI Health Minister


Response from NI Health Minister to open letter



Older News:

• Have a look at We are Pangs upcoming Maternal Mental Health Conference - Book your tickets on their website: https://nimmhc.heysummit.com

• Have a look at The Tavistock and Portman open event on Friday 21 May 2021 and hear from their staff about two courses in Belfast; Working with children, young people and families & Perinatal and early years work. For more info please see their website: http://tavistockandportman.nhs.uk/training/prospective-students/open-days-in-2021/courses-belfast-open-event-friday-21-may-2021/

• Registration is open for FAFASD's (Families Affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) spring webinars for parents and professionals: FASD and the Brain-Based Approach! These webinars are 5-weeks and have been created to provide research-based understanding and best practices to support people with FASDs at home, school, and in the world. For full details and to register please follow link to FASD website: https://fafasd.net/index.php/workshopswebinars/

• 5 Facts About Health That Are Often Misunderstood - Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

2020 Letter to AIMHNI Members

Paper discussing how COVID-19 is associated with traumatic childbirth and subsequent mother-infant bonding problems

Meeting Maternal Mental Health Needs During the COVID-19 Pandemic

• BBC News article on Covid: The devastating toll of the pandemic on children - read the section on how Babies are falling behind in their development

Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic Response for Breastfeeding, Maternal Caregiving Capacity and Infant Mental Health

Promotion of Maternal–Infant Mental Health and Trauma-Informed Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic

•You & Your Baby 2020, the latest national maternity survey, has just been launched by the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit (NPEU). They are asking women to share their experiences of being pregnant and giving birth during the Covid-19 pandemic. They are keen to reach as many women as possible. If you could please spare a few minutes to click on the link and complete this survey. https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/02FLCJ/

(To be eligible to take part women must have given birth in the UK between March and August in 2020, be aged 16 years or older, and have a current address in the UK. All women who take part in the survey have the option of being entered into a prize draw for the chance to win one of five £100 Love2Shop vouchers)


•What the UK thinks about the Early Years - Royal Foundation research findings - Read the Executive Summary here & The Full Report here

What just happened? - Coping with COVID-19 - A guide to support parents and carers of children

•AIMHNI are one of many organisations supporting the First 1001 Days Movement - we welcome this report and support the three policy calls being made. Read the full report at https://babiesinlockdown.info/

Infant Mental Health Awareness Week & COVID19 Response Statement

2019 AIMH Conference Report

Mother and Baby Unit Press Release

AIMH Evaluation Summary 2017

Save the Date - Conference and Annual General Meeting

Conference and Annual General Meetng Agenda

AIMH NI Info and Registration Form