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WORLD ASSOCIATION FOR INFANT MENTAL HEALTH (WAIMH) - WAIMH's mission promotes education, research and study of the effects of mental, emotional and social development during infancy on later normal and psychopathological development through international and interdisciplinary cooperation, publications, affiliate associations, and through regional and biennial congresses devoted to scientific, educational and clinical work with infants and their caregivers. AIMH (UK) is an affiliate of WAIMH www.waimh.org
THE MINDFUL POLICY GROUP - is dedicated to the creation of a more humane, caring, and psychologically aware society. 'Towards this goal we will promote evidence-based psychological, biological and social research to help create individual and communal psychological welfare and health. Melanie Gill, (MPG Founder Director) and Penelope Leach (MPG Advisory Board) are Committee Member and Advisor to AIMH (UK), respectively - www.mindfulpolicygroup.com
UCL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH EQUITY - Reducing Health Inequities Through Action On The Social Determinants of Health www.instituteofhealthequity.org
4CHILDREN - The National Charity all about children and families www.4children.org.uk 4Children develop, influence and shape national policy on all aspects of the lives of children, young people and families. As the Government’s strategic partner for early years and childcare they have a crucial role in co-producing policy with the Department of Education and representing the sector’s views and experiences.
THE ASSOCIATION OF CHILD PSYCHOTHERAPISTS http://www.childpsychotherapy.org.uk/ the main professional body for psychoanalytic child and adolescent psychotherapists in the UK.
THE CENTRE FOR CHILD MENTAL HEALTH - www.childmentalhealthcentre.org.
THE BRITISH PSYCHOLOGICAL SOCIETY - the representative body for psychology and psychologists in the UK. www.bps.org.uk
THE INSTITUTE OF PSYCHOANALYSIS - www.psychoanalysis.org.uk Established in 1924, the Institute of Psychoanalysis is the home of the British Psychoanalytic Society. Activities include: the training of psychoanalysts, the development of the theory and practice of psychoanalysis, the provision of treatment through The London Clinic of Psychoanalysis, the publication of books and journals, furthering research, and the dissemination of psychoanalytic ideas through public lectures and events.
BEGIN BEFORE BIRTH - What happens In the womb can last a lifetime. We are all interested in understanding what makes us who we are. We all also want to make sure that every child gets the best possible start in life. We have known for a long time that how we turn out depends on both our genes and our environment. What we now realise is that the influence of the environment begins in the womb, and how the mother feels during pregnancy can change this environment and can have a lasting effect on the development of her child. www.beginbeforebirth.org
(MIDIRS) - www.midirs.org. MIDIRS is a not-for-profit educational charity providing effective information resources that help midwives & students succeed in their professional development and studies.
WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN? - 'Raising Awareness about the Emotional Needs of Under 3's'. This charity provides information from research for parents, professionals and policy makers, about the critical importance of secure primary attachment for healthy emotional development http://www.whatabouthechildren.org.uk
ACTION FOR CHILDREN - a children's charity who work with 50,000 children and young people of all ages, tackling issues such as child neglect and abuse www.actionforchildren.org.uk
CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE AND OUTCOMES IN YOUNG CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLES SERVICES - The Centre for Excellence and Outcomes in Children and Young People's Services provides a range of support to drive positive change in the delivery of children's services, and ultimately outcomes for children, young people and their families. Of interest to members is the fact that one of the priority areas for c4eo is early intervention. c4eo have recently produced a report summarising initiatives and evidence, this is called 'Grasping the Nettle' and is accessible from Articles on the Homepage of our website, or from www.c4eo.org.uk
OXPIP - The Oxford Parent Infant Project - Oxpip tackles some of society's most challenging issues by helping parents and their babies to form strong and loving attachments. http://www.oxpip.org.uk/
THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF PSYCHIATRISTS - The RCP is the professional and educational body for Psychiatrists in the UK. www.rcpsych.ac.uk
KARNAC BOOKS - specialist psychoanalysis, psychotherapy and related topic books www.karnacbooks.com
CHURCH PARK CONSULTANTS - Achieving change and success for all children. An award winning educational consultancy delivering tailored training, consultancy and project management in the highly specialised fields of Disability, SEN, Inclusion and the Early Years www.cpconsult.co.uk
BASW - BRITISH ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL WORKERS - the largest professional association for social work in the UK, with offices in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. www.basw.co.uk
NATIONAL LITERACY TRUST- The National Literacy Trust is an independent charity that transforms lives through literacy. We believe that society will only be fair when everyone has the literacy skills they need to communicate, to fulfil their potential and to contribute more to society. We campaign to improve public understanding of the vital importance of literacy, as well as delivering projects and working in partnership to reach those most in need of support. www.literacytrust.org.uk
'Talk to Your Baby' is a campaign run by The Literacy Trust to encourage parents and carers to talk more to children from birth to 3 www.literacytrust.org.uktalktoyourbaby
ChiMat - The National Child and Maternal Health Observatory (ChiMat) provides information and intelligence to improve decision-making for high quality, cost effective services. It supports policy makers, commissioners, managers, regulators, and other health stakeholders working on children's, young people's and maternal health.
MELLOW PARENTING - Mellow Parenting is a Scottish Based Organisation delivering high quality training in its family of evidence based parenting programmes across Scotland, the UK and overseas including Germany, Iceland, New Zealand and Russia. Training is delivered to local authority and NHS Staff as well as voluntary agencies working with the most vulnerable families in society. www.mellowparenting.org
BABY SIGN LANGUAGE -Recently launched, a new site on Baby Sign Language, a tremendous resource for sharing knowledge on the topic. Visit http://www.babysignlanguage.com
I CAN - THE CHILDREN'S COMMUNICATION CHARITY www.ican.org.uk
PARENT INFANT CLINIC - A charity to fund-raise for the purpose of: emotional screening of all babies under the age of one; training professionals in the signs of autism in infants and treatment; to help pay for treatments of babies that have serious signs of autism; for research into best treatment methods and to inform the public on latest advances.
THE MARCE SOCIETY - An international society for the understanding, prevention and treatment of mental illness related to childbearing
And for general research-based information on this period:-
A free information hub for all dads:-
An excellent overview of Infant Mental Health programmes is available on:-
For adult mental health, useful both as information and handouts, this is a very good site: -
There are a number of specialist sites covering specific issues, e.g.:-
From Chicago www.ounceofprevention.org gives examples of early intervention, including the highly successful Doula scheme that begins with the pregnant mother. Issues related to pregnancy and mental illness are well resourced atwww.nmha.org also covers issues related to mental illness and parenting.
For an introduction to the long term neurological and psychological consequences of early trauma:-
And for ideas on how to help:-
In the UK The Association for Infant Mental Health is open to anyone with a professional interest in very young children. On its website is a full account of evidence-based practice in the field of Infant Mental Health. With membership comes a twice yearly newsletter and regular announcements of relevant conferences, many discounted for members.
Some websites to begin looking for information on how the quality of the early caregiving relationship sculpts the brain, for good or ill, are:-
Attachment theory has provided the basis for much research and clinical work in Infant Mental Health. Some informative websites to look at are:-
Young Minds have launched an Infancy Policy, and also produce a good leaflet on “Tuning in to Our Babies” (2003). Both can be useful when advocating for the development of services.
HandsOnScotland is an online resource for anybody working with children and young people. The website provides practical information and techniques on how to respond helpfully to children and young people's troubling behaviour, build up their self-esteem and promote their positive mental wellbeing.
HandsOnScotland is an online resource for anybody working with or caring for children and young people. The website provides practical information and techniques on how to respond helpfully to children and young people's troubling behaviour and offers advice and activities on how to help them flourish.