iHV Perinatal and Infant Mental Health (PIMH) Forums support the role of iHV PIMH Champions and strengthen the research base for their work.
The iHV Perinatal and Infant Mental Health (PIMH) Forums were established with the aim of sustaining the confidence, competence and commitment of the iHV PIMH Champions. The Forums are modelled on the principles of place-based leadership, enabling alignment with regional strategic networks to integrate and improve local systems of care.
Over the past 4 years, the Forums have proved themselves as an extremely important part of making a difference to families by:
Leading the perinatal and infant mental health agenda from the ground up
Bi-directional transference, influence and implementation of knowledge and evidence between academia, professions, parents, policy, service design and practice
Supporting the mental health and emotional wellbeing of frontline practitioners
Ensuring that the voice of babies and their families are heard and that “think family” is at the heart of all care.
COVID-19 has meant that it is even more important that we are able to continue supporting our Champions, as family mental health is so vulnerable, and professionals are under so much additional pressure themselves. In February 2020, we had a sense of some of the challenges the pandemic would bring, and we were concerned about the future of the Forums. But, where there is a will – there is a way, and by March, Team iHV was able to move the Forums online. The new opportunities provided by the digital world means that, going forward, ALL Forums are open to ALL Champions. We will still try to keep a local flavour by focusing on regions in turn and making time to showcase regional innovation.
iHV Champions have told us they value regular opportunities to meet, to network and share practice successes and challenges. By coming together, sharing best practice, learning with and from each other, we are confident that more families will get the right care and support for their mental health, when and where they need it.
For services to be universally improved, we believe that “big innovation” and excellence in practice has to be mainstream. The iHV PIMH Champion Forums are an excellent opportunity to promote a culture of “can do” – making excellence and innovation mainstream!
To join the social movement and become an iHV Champion please see our current training opportunities. All Champions are eligible to become a member of the iHV, enabling them to full member benefits in addition to their Champion resources. This includes access to iHV Insight webinars, discounted training and conference places as well as full access to all of the iHV high quality professional and parent facing resources, news and information.
The PIMH Champions Forum pages contain restricted content for iHV PIMH Champions ONLY.