Wednesday, 02 June 2021
7 June 2021 marks the start of Infant Mental Health Awareness Week and Carers Week. The annual campaigns are marked by a week long timetable of activities and events to raise awareness for both important causes. The Trust will be running a week long program of events for both Infant Mental Health Awareness Week and Carers Week.
The theme for Infant Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 is including infants in children and young people’s mental health.
The goal for the Parent Infant Foundation’s IMHAW theme this year, is to encourage everyone working in children and young people’s mental health policies, strategies and services to think about and include babies. Children and young people’s mental health should refer to the mental health of all children from 0-18 and beyond, but too often it is focussed on older children. There is a “baby blindspot”. We are encouraging everyone to think and talk about infant, children and young people’s mental health, and to consider how babies’ mental health needs can be met.
The Trust’s Perinatal team have put together a week of webinars for both parents and professionals to join to find out more on this topic, from understanding your baby intervention, the effects of play and the impact of the infant-mother relationship on the infant brain developing.
The theme of this years Carers Week is ‘Making Carers visible and valued’. Supporting someone with a mental health problem can be rewarding, but it can also be difficult and sometimes lonely, that’s why it’s important now more than ever that carers feel valued for their contributions.
As a Trust We are committed to informing, involving and supporting carers, family members and friends as partners in the care of people using our services. We are Gold Star members of the Carers’ Trust’s ‘Triangle of Care’ membership scheme that promotes shared working between carers, professionals and people using services. The Involvement Team are putting on activities and events for carers.
Click here to see the program of events for Carers Week
All of the upcoming events, can be viewed on our Events Page.