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Wow – what a fabulous PIMH conference!

25th April 2018

Well, what a day we had yesterday (24 April) for our Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Conference: The Hidden Challenges!  Almost 200 people convened in Manchester including many of our Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Champions and those working alongside them.

Dr Cheryll Adams CBE opening the PIMH conference

This multi-agency conference was a jam-packed day – with internationally-acclaimed speakers, a theatre production and amazing brave mums and dads talking about their personal stories and lived-experiences. A big thank you to you all!

Documental Theatre at #iHVPIMH18

Amazing feedback

We had fab feedback from Twitter- and we haven’t yet finished going through all the evaluations!

“Amazing day at #iHVPIMH18. Best conference I have been to. Definitely increased my passion for providing quality PIMH services across the UK.”

“Thanks for an inspirational day with excellent speakers my head is overflowing but my heart is full of gratitude to those amazing women and men for sharing their experiences #iHVPIMH18

“Wow what a day.”

“Fabulous conference with inspirational and motivational speakers. Feeling re-energised and can’t wait to continue the excellent work happening in the North West to improve perinatal mental health care.”

“Thank you so much to everyone involved in #iHVPIMH18. It was emotive and inspiring. Lots to take forward into practice and even more passion to #turnthemapgreen

“Excellent day thank you”

“I can’t remember any conference before where I’ve felt so moved , inspired and awe struck by the speakers #IHVPIMH18

“An inspirational conference! Well done everyone who bravely shared their personal stories & all involved”

“Thanks so much for a really fantastic inspirational Conference!”

“Wow! a conference with a difference they said! I wasn’t expecting that—an amazing inspiring day, need time to digest all I have heard and been part of.”

“Thoughts after an amazing #iHVPIMH18 conference in Manchester! “There is always hope” “be consistent” and “talk to dads””

“Loved every second and feel very inspired by the whole day, thank you for the opportunity”

Fantastic and informative day. Thank you #iHVPIMH18

“Thank you 4 today. I have learned so much! An outstanding conference!”

“Thank you for an excellent day”


For those of you who could not either join us on the day or could not follow the #iHVPIMH hashtag on Twitter, we’ve collected and made a little “Storify” of the tweets so you can follow some of what was shared.


Well done to all our poster submissions at #iHVPIMH18 – we had lots of amazing posters shared about innovative support for perinatal and infant mental health.

Many thanks to Professor Dame Sarah Cowley and Dr Karen Stansfield for assessing all the poster submissions.

Delivering an e-poster at #iHVPIMH18

the audience enjoying the e-posters – complete with popcorn!!

Our poster winner was Catherine Lowenhoff, PhD student at Oxford Brookes University – Combining evidence from research and practice to produce a draft intervention framework to guide the support that health visitors provide to mothers with mental health problems.

Many congratulations to Catherine who was selected to present her poster to the conference audience – see photo below.

Catherine Lowenhoff, e-poster winner, delivering her poster to the audience at #iHVPIMH18

Catherine Lowenhoff being presented with her winner’s certificate by Dr Cheryll Adams CBE

Well done also to our 2 highly commended posters:

  • Jane Dickens (who collected the certificate in the photo below) and Lisa Milne from Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust – Revolutionising the Parent Infant Relationship: Bradford’s Parent Infant relationship Resource Cards;
  • Anulika Ifezue (unfortunately had left to catch her train, so we are sending her certificate to her) from Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust – Breaking professional and organisational barriers in delivering perinatal and infant mental health care.

Dr Cheryll Adams CBE presenting a highly commended certificate to Jane Dickens from Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust

Our fabulous pledge wall certainly gained some great foundations yesterday!

The pledge wall at #iHVPIMH18

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