Beyond Infant Mental Health Awareness Week

12 June 2020

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Infant Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 has happened despite Covid19!  What a week of activity with videos, images, illustrations, blogs, reports, radio interviews, Facebook live events, Tweets, Instagram posts and more, all raising awareness of infant mental health and sharing the world through babies’ eyes.  

At the Parent-Infant Foundation, we have been involved across the week in a variety of ways which we hope you have found useful.


Our Head of Policy and Campaigning, Sally Hogg, shared the importance of the social and emotional wellbeing of babies across a number of articles across the week for :

The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health -‘Where is the I in CAMHS?

The Institute of Health Visitors – ‘Infant Mental Health Matters Now More Than Ever’

NHS Confederation – ‘Where is the I in Mental Health?’ 


Dr Karen Bateson, Head of Clinical Strategy and Development joined Kate and Hannah on the Mind Matters podcast.  Check it out here or via Spotify to hear them chat about the importance of the #first1001days and supporting families with their early relationships.


We launched two key resources this week:

A briefing for Commissioners about Infant Mental Health, which was written for NHS Confederation to reach NHS leaders.

A review and discussion of the online training resources on infant mental health available for professionals.


Both here and worldwide the Foundation has participated in webinars led by @Upon1001, the North East 1001 Days group, Leap Lambeth, and the World Association of Infant Mental Health.  

Social media

We used our Twitter account @ParentInfantFdn to share news and activities from across parent-infant teams and we loved having fun creating a number of short videos involving babies!

Finally, we provide the secretariat for the First 1001 Days Movement and this week saw the launch of the Movement with over 130 organisations signed up.  Our secretariat coordinated a letter to Boris Johnson about the need for urgent attention from Government for babies’ mental health, the launch of a new web area, creation of a new infographic about why infant mental health matters, and we manage the Twitter handle @first1001days where you can find activity from across the Movement.

Thank you to everyone that has joined with us this week to raise awareness of infant mental health.  It doesn’t stop here! We will be continuing to call for specialised teams across the UK to support relationships with complex and persistent difficulties.  What will you be doing to affect change for the babies in your area?


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