Infant Mental Health Awareness Week takes place next week, 10-14 June 2019, with this year’s focus being ‘Difficult Beginnings’.

The birth of a baby can be an exciting time, but many women and their partners can experience difficulties during pregnancy, the birth and after the baby is born.  Pre and post birth is a crucial time for a baby’s social and emotional development, so it’s important that parents and carers get the right support during this important time.

To mark the week, a number of Better Start Bradford projects, including Little Minds Matter, which is  a Better Start Bradford Project run in partnership with Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust and Family Action,  will deliver a range of events and workshops to raise awareness of some of the difficulties parents can face and the way in which such difficulties can affect the baby. It will also highlight the range of support available to help parents and babies who may be experiencing difficult beginnings.

Dr Matthew Price, Clinical Lead and Clinical Psychologist at Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust for the Little Minds Matter: Bradford Infant Mental Health Service project, said: “We are thrilled that so many services and professionals are coming together to recognise that our experiences as babies lays the foundation of future mental health and wellbeing. My team is really looking forward to running several workshops with other Better Start Bradford projects.”

The Better Start Bradford projects involved, are: Little Minds Matter: Bradford Infant Mental Health ServiceBaby StepsBradford DoulasTalking TogetherPersonalised Midwifery Care and the Perinatal Support Service.

Gill Thornton, Head of Programme at Better Start Bradford, said: “It’s great that so many of our projects are running events during Infant Mental Health Awareness Week. Healthy first relationships are critical for a baby’s development and a difficult start isn’t the end of the story. There are lots of projects and services available to help and support parents and babies.”