The Wales Hub for
Infant Mental Health

A hub within AiMH UK

The new Infant Mental Health hub for Wales is led by Orion Owen and Nicola Canale. Details and posts below. If you would like to join the Wales hub, select it when you register for AIMH 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).

Hub lead Orion Owen

Orion Owen

Member of AIMH executive committee. Works with infants, parents and families, first as a Midwife and now as a practicing Health Visitor in Cardiff, with specialist role in the All Wales Perinatal Mother and Baby Unit (2003-2013). Research PhD from Cardiff University School of Medicine investigating maternal postnatal mood from an adaptive perspective. More

Orion is motivated by curiosity about the unique mental and behavioural expressions of new parents in response to care of a dependent infant, and committed to understanding the critical bi-directional parent-infant relationship and infant mental as the foundation for individual potential across the lifespan. Her own professional education is focussed on Crittenden’s Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment. 

She is currently promoting personalised support and intervention for individual parents and infants, and developing how to training for early years practitioners. She is an Institute of Health Visiting PIMH Champion, promoting an infant mental health lens for early years’ service development.

Hub lead Nicola Canale

Nicola Canale

Specialist Educational Psychologist within a Local Authority. Passionate about supporting parent-infant relationships to promote all aspect of children’s development and wellbeing. Currently leads a home-based parent-infant service in Cardiff. More

Nicola has developed a specialist role in the areas of attachment, parent-infant relationships, infant mental health, trauma, parenting, adversity (ACE’s) and resilience, and is actively involved in casework and clinical supervision.

She is also involved in supporting the organisation in towards becoming an attachment, relational and trauma informed service, linking with other parent-infant specialists across Wales to develop a suite of IMH training to upskill the workforce. This training is being mapped against the Infant Mental Health Competency Framework (2019) as part of the Infant Mental Health Recognition Register Quality Assurance Process.

Discussion forum

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

Posts for the Wales IMH hub

News and events below.

Join our hub!

This is the place where we can share news about local IMH events, training, organisations, and share our ideas and resources.

If you would like something posted here, contact your Hub leads on the Hub discussion forum (select big blue link above).

If you have resources you would like to share with AIMH members across the UK, please go to Forums and add to the Member shared resources forum.