LEAP NEWS - This week LEAP is supporting Infant Mental Health Week, 6–10 June 2016

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What is infant mental health?

Infant mental health focuses on the social and emotional wellbeing of babies and toddlers (conception to age two) alongside their parents or carers. It involves looking closely at relationships, which is vital, as an infant’s social experiences can influence their mental health and shape their life chances. 

Infant mental health challenges us to reflect on how well we are doing to support children’s development and asks: how does being born in the UK affect this? The first 1001 days are an opportunity for early investment and improved future outcomes for children. 

What is Infant Mental Health Awareness Week all about?

The week is about improving infant emotional wellbeing. It aims to encourage on-going conversation about the importance of the first 1001 days, and promotes attachment and responsive, sensitive infant-family relationships, beginning in the antenatal period.

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What are LEAP doing for Infant Mental Health Awareness Week? 

Many of our programmes focus on the social and emotional development of infants, such as the Parent and Infant Relationship Service (PAIRS).

PAIRS works with parents one-to-one or in groups to support them to become closer to their baby. Its team of therapists promote infant wellbeing and offer help and advice around the topic to early years professionals.

During the week, the PAIRS team will be dropping in to the below children’s centres to offer information and talk about infant mental health. 

Tuesday 7 June

Stay and Play Session at Holmewood Nursery School at The Windmill, Blenheim Gardens, Brixton Hill SW2 5DA 

Friday 10 June

Baby clinic at Liz Atkinson Children’s Centre, 9 Mostyn Road, Brixton SW9 6PH

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