CNWL marks Infant Mental Health Awareness Week

CNWL’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health services (CAMHS) are supporting Infant Mental Health Awareness Week (IMHAW) which takes place next week (from 10 June to 16 June 2018).

This year’s IMHAW is led by the Association for Infant Mental Health (AIMH) with the theme: Breaking the Cycle of Intergenerational Trauma to Promote Secure Attachment

Sarah Gustavus Jones, CNWL Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and Head of Profession for Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, is encouraging people to support the healthy emotional development and wellbeing of under five-year-olds. Sarah said:

“Parental sensitivity and healthy and secure attachment relationships are the foundation of good emotional, psychological and social development in infants and young children. At the same time, insecure or ‘disorganised’ attachment patterns, continued into childhood and adult life, can have devastating emotional and social consequences.”

Sarah is a Consultant at the Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster (KCW) under-five’s service (located in CAMHS and four children’s centres). It is a specialised service for under-five’s, their parents, carers and for professionals working with this age group.

The team will be supporting Infant Mental Health Awareness Week by highlighting the services’ de-stigmatising and culturally sensitive, infant and young child mental health perspective through consultation, specialist assessment, brief treatment and inter agency partnership working.

For more information and resources, visit the AIMH website.