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Infant Mental Health Awareness Week 2023

Last updated: 08 Jun 2023 Topics: News Event
New parents cradling baby whilst talking to Pregnancy in Mind practitioner

12-18 June 2023

This year’s theme for Infant Mental Health Awareness Week 2023 is 'Bonding Before Birth'. We’ve pulled together a range of services and resources to help you help parents and carers create strong bonds with their babies.

Pregnancy in Mind 

Our service supports parents’ mental health during pregnancy.

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Look, Say, Sing, Play early years resources

Look, Say, Sing, Play is a set of resources which encourage interaction between parents and their babies.

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Understanding child brain development

What happens in a child’s life during key ‘sensitive periods’ during early childhood can have a significant effect on their brain development.

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Trauma and child brain development training

Improve your understanding of child brain development and the impact of trauma, abuse and stress on children in our face-to-face training course.

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Attachment and child development

Why attachment is important at different stages from before birth, and the effect of trauma on attachment.

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Resource list from the NSPCC Library

We've pulled together a list of books, articles and online reports for Infant Mental Health Awareness Week 2023.

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Mental health in older children, parents and carers

View our resources to help you safeguard the mental health of the children, young people and families that you work with.


Safeguarding mental health and wellbeing in schools elearning course

Learn when mental health issues become safeguarding concerns, how to recognise this and support the children and young people you work with. Cost: £30

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Guidance and information

Child mental health

Learn more about mental health in children and young people, how to recognise mental health concerns and how you can support children.

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Parental mental health

Read our guidance on the impact that parental mental health can have on children and young people, and how to support children and their families.

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Promoting mental health and wellbeing

Our guidance covers why it is important to promote mental health and wellbeing within your school or organisation and includes helpful tips and strategies to start the conversation on mental health.

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Learning from case reviews

We summarise the risk factors and lessons from case reviews to help improve practice.

Child mental health: learning from case reviews

Learning from a sample of case reviews involving children with a wide range of different mental health problems.

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Parents with a mental health problem: learning from case reviews

Summary of risk factors and learning for improved practice around parental mental health and child welfare

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NSPCC Learning podcast

Listen to our practitioners and experts share what works when supporting children with their mental health.

Supporting children's mental health and wellbeing in schools

The Head of Safeguarding at Place2Be and one of our Childline managers talk about the different types of mental health problems a child may be facing, how to manage safeguarding concerns and the Childline mental health continuum which is used by our counsellors. 

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Researching mental health support for adolescents who have experienced sexual abuse

In this episode, researchers from the University of Bedfordshire share findings from their trauma-informed study which listened to young people's experiences of how sexual abuse impacted their mental health.

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