There are some great HV activities going on around the country in support of the inaugural Infant Mental Health Awareness Week #IMHAW16 – taking place this week (6-10 June).

Please share your activities with us:

Monday 6 June

  • Twitterchat 7-8pm “Building babies’ brains” – please do join us on Twitter and follow the hashtags #iHVForum #IMHAW16
  • @Southern_NHSFT #HampshireHV workshop  – Health visiting making a difference “Building babies brains” #IMHAW16
  • Bradford: 1.30pm What’s the story Jackanory! An interactive story time with puppet show at Shine, St Stephen’s Church Hall, Newton St, West Bowling.

Tuesday 7 June

  • Stockport: specialist HV running 1 day awareness training with CAMHS colleague s#stockportfamily
  • Trafford, Manchester: 10-12 at Debenhams Café Trafford Centre information sharing as part of the Breastfeeding Drop in
  • Newcastle: Newcastle University, in partnership with  the local authority and  Newcastle Hospitals, is hosting a 1001 critical days and with a show case event of research and good practice

Wednesday 8 June

  • Bradford: 1pm Family fun day for under 5’s with toddler Olympics, bear hunt, bouncy castle, painting and more at Myra Shay Recreation Ground, Barkerend Road BD3 8QX

Thursday 9 June

  • Trafford, Manchester: 9.30-11.30 The Life Centre Sale information sharing as part of the Breastfeeding Drop in
  • Trafford, Manchester: over Lunchtime an ‘Information stand with leaflets/talk to a professional’ in Sainsburys’ Foyer, Urmston Town Centre

Friday 10 June

  • Trafford, Manchester: Information Sharing morning 9.30-11.30 for key invited professionals at Stretford Children’s Centre
  • Trafford, Manchester: 1pm-3pm Stretford Children’s Centre Poplar Road as part of the Breastfeeding Drop in

Our next #iHVForum takes place 7-8pm on Monday  6 June on the topic of Infant Mental Health in support of the inaugural Infant Mental Health Awareness Week (6-10 June).

Please do join us for a special twitter chat on Infant Mental Health and the health visitor contribution to this important subject which lays the foundation for future relationships.

So just before 7pm on Monday June, grab a cuppa and then settle down to follow and join in the conversation on Twitter by following everything on #iHVForum and #IMHAW16.

See you there!

The iHV is the major partner in this inaugural Infant Mental Health week with PIP UK, and we need all of you to think about your own local profile-raising activities.


Some great posters are available to help you, but you really need to engage with the wider public through the press as well as with your families. There are some useful resources to be found on the IMH week website.

iHV will be hosting a Twitterchat between 7-8pm on Monday 6 June – please do join us using the hastags #IMHAW16 and #iHVForum.

Please share your local activities with us (please send to [email protected]) – we can help promote them through our social media channels and also get them onto the IMHAW calendar of events on the IMHAW website.

We’ve already had some great info sent through which we have shared with the IMHAW organisers – so please keep letting us know what you’re doing.

We hope that you have got your local newspapers lined up to help share the message on your local activities – and please do let your local commissioners know what you are doing, involve them, great profile raising for health visiting.