Infant Mental Health Promotion (IMHP) is a coalition of professional representatives from service agencies dedicated to promoting optimal outcomes for infants (prenatal to 36 months) in collaboration with families and other caregivers. IMHP was initiated in 1988 by the Department of Psychiatry of The Hospital for Sick Children. Since then the organization has grown considerably and maintains strong representation from community-based agencies across Canada. Infant Mental Health Promotion (IMHP) provides a collaborative, informed and passionate voice for infants, families and caregivers.
To develop and promote best practices for infant mental health through education, advocacy and collaboration with families, professionals and the communities which influence the lives of infants and young children in Canada.
Recognizing babies’ minds and the relationship to lifelong health.
KEY Values & Beliefs
1) The first three years of life have a unique and formative impact on development, relationships and functioning throughout life.
2) Service providers require a specific knowledge and skill base to provide care in the area of infant and early childhood mental health (i.e. prenatal to 60 months/ 5 years.)
3) Many adverse outcomes can be prevented when parents and other caregivers are provided with support that enables them to be optimally responsive to their infants and young children.
4) As families have the central role in the lives of their children, it is essential to collaborate with families, to build on their strengths and to reduce their risks.
5) Services must be sensitive to the diverse needs and coping styles of families from varying cultural and socio-economic backgrounds and to infants and parents who have diverse health and developmental needs.