What is Infant Mental Health Awareness Week (IMHAW)?
IMHAW takes place in June every year, providing an opportunity for those working in the infant mental health sector to raise awareness of the importance of babies’ social and emotional development, and to share work they are doing.
Who is it organised by?
The week is organised and led by MMHA member the Parent-Infant Foundation, who bring together and support the infant mental health sector, provide clinical leadership and campaign for policy change.
A new survey from campaigning organisation Five X More has found that Black women in the UK continue to experience discrimination and are receiving a mixed level of maternity care during the antenatal, labour, and postnatal period.
Last year, Sarah Witcombe-Hayes, Everyone’s Business Campaign Coordinator for Wales, spoke to Community Psychiatric Nurse (CPN), Paula Donovan, to find out how the ‘Flying Start’ pilot project improved screening for perinatal mental health problems and women’s access to support in the South Wales Valleys.
This International Nurses Day 2022, the MMHA recognises Paula’s efforts and those of other nurses working in perinatal mental health. We thank them for all they do to support women and families.
Today, the First 1001 Days Movement has launched ‘Why Health Visitors Matter’. The report contains a compilation of short statements by parents, professionals and charity leaders showing the breadth and depth of health visitors’ work, and its importance in areas such as:
On behalf of the Board of Trustees and staff team, I am delighted to announce Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge as Royal Patron of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA).
The MMHA was founded in 2011, and in just over a decade we have celebrated significant and much-needed progress in the provision of specialist perinatal mental health services across the UK. Today, thanks to the extraordinary and sustained efforts of our members, supporters, and Lived Experience Champions, more mums than ever can access the right care at the right time. However, there is still work to be done to ensure this is a reality for every mum, baby, and family.
We are immensely honoured that The Duchess has recognised and chosen to support the MMHA’s work by becoming our Royal Patron. The Duchess’ longstanding dedication to the Early Years and keen interest in mental health marry beautifully with our aims; it is a perfect partnership.
The MMHA looks forward to working with The Duchess to ensure the needs of all women, babies, and families continue to be heard and met.
Chair of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance
WATCH: A message from The Duchess to mark Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week 2022
Lives can be saved with more investment and better support for women with maternal mental health problems in pregnancy and after birth, say the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) and the Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA). The two organisations have come together to call for better support and care for women during and after pregnancy as part of Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week running from 2-8 May.
Blog by Laura Seebohm, Chief Executive of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance
I am now seven weeks into my role as CEO of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) and I have been incredibly impressed by the commitment of everyone I have had the pleasure of talking to. I met some of our members virtually when chairing the March member’s meeting, and the passion literally shone through the screen! It is true what Dr Alain Gregoire said about something exciting happening by coming together. I feel extremely lucky to start my new role with this inspiring experience and I will make sure the MMHA continues to create opportunities to listen and learn from each other.