Useful links to other websites and online resources on infant mental health.
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The Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health is a global organization that promotes early relationships for infants, toddlers and young children covering from prenatal to age 6. It is primarily focussed on workforce development and their website has a selection of resources for professionals in the field.
The Anna Freud centre Early Years in Mind network is a free online network for early years practitioners. The network provides easy to read and easy to use guidance on supporting the mental health of babies, young children and their families.
Video Interaction GuidanceTM (VIG) is a strengths-based, brief video feedback intervention for parents of children across all ages. VIG aims to promote enhanced sensitivity, and capacity to mentalize, in both client and practitioner. VIG is recommended as an evidence-based intervention in the NICE guidelines. AVIGuk is an association of accredited practitioners of VIG and those in training.
BBC’s Tiny Happy People – video clip examples/ideas of interactions or games to promote interaction and play.
Insight Parenting – GroBrain trains health professionals and practitioners working with parents and infants to integrate infant mental health into their regular practice. Offering courses, training and resources.
The Centre on the Developing Child based at Harvard University is a source of up to date information and resources on the importance of early relationships and experiences on the baby’s brain development.
UK government campaign for promoting positive interaction between parents, their babies and young children.
Infant Mental Health Promotion is a useful source of information based at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. It offers resources for both professionals and parents covering a wide range of topics, including a series of video teaching modules on the practical importance of considering infant mental health.
The Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) is a charity and coalition of UK organisations with a vision to see all women across the UK get consistent, accessible and quality care and support for their mental health during pregnancy and in the year after giving birth. AiMH UK are a member of this organisation.
As an organisation, Mellow research, develop and implement attachment based therapeutic interventions to support the social and emotional wellbeing of 0-5s and their parents/carers. Training is offered, with a wide support package, to the early intervention workforce. This will equip them with the knowledge and materials, including video and strength based feedback, to create safe, therapeutic and confidential spaces to deliver a range of Mellow Programmes. Just recently Mellow has added lighter online group programmes which, while not able to reach the depth of the physical group programmes, provide a much needed option during pandemic times.
Pilot of therapeutic intervention for young, first-time mothers to help them develop a positive relationship and secure bond with their baby. Aims to help mothers to recognise and respond to their baby’s feelings and needs (‘maternal reflective capacities’).
OXPIP is a pioneering charity with a national reputation as a specialist in the field of parent-infant psychotherapy. For over 20 years they have helped parents and their babies to build close and loving relationships from the start of life. We also work with professionals, policy makers and the public to build awareness, support and services for parent-infant attachment, infant mental health and peri-natal mental health.
The Parent Infant Foundation (PIF) is a leading partner with other IMH organisations, bringing together, supporting and enabling the IMH sector. PIF hosts the First 1001 Days Movement, working with the Conception to Age Two All-Party Parliamentary Group to raise awareness of the importance of the earliest years of life. PIF supports the growth and quality of specialised parent-infant relationship teams across the UK.
Solihull Approach is a ‘not for profit’ organisation, working with practitioners and parents to develop resources and training, to support emotional health and well-being in children, families and adults. The Approach is used by a wide variety of practitioners including health visitors, school nurses, family centre workers, midwives, social workers, foster carers and parents.
Provides downloadable, free leaflets for families, childcare professionals to help raise emotionally secure children. Leaflets written by Child Psychotherapists – for professionals and parents.
The World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH) is a not-for-profit organization for scientific and educational professionals. WAIMH’s central aim is to promote the mental wellbeing and healthy development of infants throughout the world, taking into account cultural, regional, and environmental variations, and to generate and disseminate scientific knowledge. AiMH UK are an affiliate of WAIMH.