The Association for Infant Mental Health - AiMH UK

The Association for Infant Mental Health - AiMH UK

At a glance

Causes

  • Mental health

Other details

Organisation type: 
Charity
Geographical remit: 
National - Britain

Objectives

Founded in 1996 as a not-for-profit organisation, AiMH UK was the first organisation in the UK to bring together the many different professionals working with infants and their families.

AiMH UK has supported thousands of professionals to develop both their practice and understanding about infant mental health.

AiMH UK has celebrated 25 years of:

  • Raising recognition of the importance of Infant Mental Health for future development
  • Successfully lobbying for Infant Mental Health to become part of government policy and planning
  • Bringing together diverse professionals whose work promotes the well-being of infants and toddlers

Recent developments include:

  • Contributing to raising standards of Infant Mental Health Practice with the launch, at the Houses of Parliament, of the Infant Mental Health Competency Framework
  • Hosting a wide range of accessible online CPD training events delivered by experts in the field of infant mental health and designed to update professional practice.

Our overriding mission is to promote understanding of why infant mental health (IMH) and early relational health is important, and to support the continuing professional development of all practitioners, early years workers and educators working to improve outcomes for parents, babies and toddlers.

Why Infant Mental Health?

'The emotional well-being of babies and young children lays the foundation for healthy relationships, future mental health and brain development'.

Activities

We are the UK’s leading membership group for all infant mental health practitioners, early years workers, educators and students working to improve outcomes for parents, babies and toddlers. We support practitioners , and in turn the family by. We offer membership to individuals, organisations, centres, family hubs and students/universities/colleges.

  • Raise awareness of the importance of Infant Mental Health for the child's future development
  • Bring together practitioners working to promote the well-being of infants and toddlers in local AiMH UK hubs
  • Provide online CPD training events and conferences, delivered by experts in the field of infant mental health to update professional practice which include the AiMH UK National Conference, Spring Conference, AiMH UK IMHAW Conference, National Networking events, Lunchtime Skills Box sessions and CPD workshops.
  • Provide practitioners with access to a range of resources that will improve their practice including the AiMH UK Best Practice Guides, the IJBPE Journal, recommended IMH Books, articles and research papers.
  • Access to the AiMH UK IMH CPD Programme to generate an IMH CPD Portfolio and secure registration on the UK Infant Mental Health Recognition Register 
  • Regular email updates on the latest news and research in Infant Mental Health with downloadable articles, and reports.
  • Clinical updates, regular newsletters and best books in IMH on or members area via the Mighty networks platform
  • Collaborations include Home-Start UK, Warwickshire & Northampton University, IMHAANZ (New Zealand Infant Mental Health)

Current opportunities

AiMH UK welcomes applications to join our board of 5 trustees and to contribute expertise in either fundraising or marketing.