Infant Mental Health Hub

The new Infant Mental Health Hub for Scotland is led by Penny Rackett and Christine Puckering.  Details and posts below.  If you would like to join the Scottish Hub, select it when you register for AiMH UK membership.  We look forward to hearing from you.

The AiMH UK Infant Mental Health Hubs enable members to connect across professions and levels within geographical areas, to help to develop and co-ordinate our thinking and practice around Infant Mental Health issues in our work. If you would like something posted here, contact your Hub leads on the Hub Discussion Forum (big blue link below).

AIMH hub lead Christine Puckering

Christine Puckering

Executive Committee Member of AiMH UK. Forensic, Clinical and Neuro‐Psychologist. Programme Director Mellow Parenting, Glasgow. Trustee of the Scottish PIMH Network. More...

Honorary Senior Research Fellow (School of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing). Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer (Institute of Health and Wellbeing).

AIMH-Scotland hub Penny Rackett

Penny Rackett

Executive Committee Member of AiMH UK. Educational Psychologist working in East Lothian with a particular interest in mental health and the early years. Video Interaction Guidance (VIG) Advanced Supervisor.

Discussion forum

Share insight, explore issues, and ask other professionals for their experience and expertise in the AIMH Scotland forum.

Posts from Scotland’s Infant Mental Health hub

News and events below.

AiMH UK Scotland Hub Event 9th December 2021

‘Different Approaches, Working Together for Infant Mental Health’

Delegates at our AIMH UK Scotland Hub event in June fed back how much they enjoyed thinking about infant mental health work through the medium of case studies. 

In response, we have put together a morning of casework presentations and discussion by professionals, with the opportunity to discuss these in a locality of your choice. 

Programme for the AIMH UK Scottish Hub 

Outline of the day 

9 – Welcome 

9.10 – 10. Presentation of case study where the Family Nurse Partnership and Mellow Parenting were used together 

10 – 10.30 – Small group discussion in localities: using different approaches together, what is possible in your area 

10.30 – 10.45 – Feedback from groups and any questions 

10.45 – 10.55 – Break 

10.55 – 11.55 – A single case scenario discussed by different professions, with representatives from: Health Visiting, Home-Start, SureStart Midlothian, a Child Psychotherapist from an Infant Mental Health service and a representative from Edinburgh’s Multi-Cultural Family Base. They will discuss how they would support the family and what they would add in their role. 

11.55 – 12.15 – Small group discussion in same locality groups as before 

12.15 – 12.30 – Plenary and close 

Register for the event today!

Tickets: Members: free Non-Members: £15 

If you would like to become a member of AiMH UK and get your ticket for free, join here 

Scotland Hub Event: ‘Getting It right for our Infants’

Monday 7th June 9am – 1pm. Organised by Scotland’s Infant Mental Health Hub, within AiMH UK.

This event was held on the first day of Infant Mental Health Awareness Week (IMHAW) 2021. This year the theme was: including infants in children and young people’s mental health. #IMHAW21 #including infants.

The event drew over 100 participants and Amanda Jones delivered her presentation on ‘Supporting parents when they are really struggling‘ followed by presentations from around Scotland.

Presentations below:

Amanda Jones, Consultant Perinatal Psychotherapist at the Anna Freud Centre

Julia Donaldson, Glasgow Infant and Family Team

Anne McFadyen, Perinatal Mental Health Network Scotland

Marita Brack, NES IMH Training Update

Rachel Fraser, Parent Infant Foundation

Hannah Guzinska, Home Start – no slides

Megan Lanigan, NHS Lothian – TBA

and Sally Amour, NHS Highland – TBA

A recording of most of the presentations from around Scotland can be viewed here

Update on resources in Scotland

There are two new resources available created by the Scottish Government

The first is the Wellbeing for Wee Ones guide, as part of the Parent Club resources Wellbeing for wee ones | Parent Club. It has several helpful videos and has received excellent feedback.

The second is the Early Intervention Framework NES – Early Intervention Framework – Home (nhs.scot), a searchable database of evidence-based mental health and wellbeing interventions for children (and young people). There is comprehensive information for each intervention, across six key dimensions of implementation. Guided questioning supports how best to select and implement interventions; and a self-assessment tool enables evaluation of unique local implementation contexts. So it helps services to decide which evidence based tool is right for them.

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