Infant Mental Health Promotion
Infant mental health promotion refers to the social, emotional and cognitive well-being of infants and young children. Through extensive research and a strong professional knowledge base, at Monica Place, we recognize the importance of providing opportunities for the overall optimal outcomes of the families and children we serve.
Supporting infant mental health means that we:
• Work collaboratively with children, parents and community partners to prevent difficulties
• Intervene early when children are identified as being “at risk”
• Encourage a sense of security, safety and the ability to establish and maintain satisfying and healthy relationships
• Promote the ability for parents and young children to cope with and solve problems within their environment
• Strive to promote stable, supportive families and communities
A child’s development in the early years is crucial; this is a period of time where the relationships children form build the foundation for their perception of their own self-worth and abilities, as well as that of their caregivers and of the world around them. We believe that parent education is vital and that when parents are armed with information regarding their child’s development in regards to their social-emotional and cognitive needs, they are better prepared to understand how best to respond to their child appropriately. Stress in the parenting system directly affects a parent’s sense of self in their parenting role and especially contributes to the perception they have of their child. By targeting our interventions early, and directly working within the parent-child dyad, we are providing the most effective form of infant mental health treatment.