INFANT MENTAL HEALTH (IMH) Awareness Week 2018 takes place from Monday June 11 to Friday 15 June. The topic this year is ‘The Importance of Attachment’
Promoting Healthy Attachment:
- ‘Attachment’ refers to the enduring ‘tie’ of affection that the baby develops towards their parents.
- Right from the start, babies begin to build an attachment to familiar carers who respond to their day-to-day physical and emotional needs
- Securely attached infants have pleasurable interactions with their parents and can expect comfort when they are distressed.
- Secure attachment is one of the main sources of later resilience in childhood: infants who are securely attached feel safe to play and learn.
- Securely attached children achieve better outcomes across all domains including social and emotional development, behaviour, relationships with peers, and learning.
- Infants develop emotional health and wellbeing when they experience loving, sensitive care from their parents or main carers.
- Early relationships influence development in childhood, and mental health and behaviour in adulthood.
There are some great resources available to help –
The Twitter hashtag for the week is #IMHAW18 – so do follow the week’s activity online. This year’s IMHAW is being led by the Association for Infant Mental Health – firstname.lastname@example.org