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iHV Perinatal and Infant Mental Health (PIMH) Forums support the role of iHV PIMH Champions and strengthen the research base for their work.

Aim

The iHV Perinatal and Infant Mental Health (PIMH) Forums were established with the aim of sustaining the confidence, competence and motivation of the iHV PIMH Champions. 

The value of Forums

Forums have proved themselves valuable in making a difference to families by:

  • Providing a platform for parents with lived experience, researchers, and practitioners to be updated, share ideas, and collaborate in order to influence practice, policy, and service design
  • Supporting the mental health and emotional wellbeing of frontline practitioners
  • Ensuring that the voice of babies and their families are heard, that the “think family” approach remains central and that all care counts.

Forums in 2022

Despite the constraints of the pandemic, we continue to support our Champions by making our Forums virtual and accessible to all. We are aware that family mental health needs have increased and that professionals face many additional pressures, so this continued support is invaluable.

Going forward, to reflect Champion feedback and our growing numbers from all UK nations, Forums in 2022 will be virtual and hosted across Northern Ireland, Scotland, England, and Wales.  

Champions have fed back that although they may come into a Forum feeling overwhelmed, tired, and stressed, they have left feeling buoyed, connected, inspired, energised, confident to support families, feeling acknowledged that they are making a difference and that they are valued and celebrated for this.

Thank you. Really enjoyed the session. Very interesting topics as always. Great to see everyone again.

Lynne Sweeney, Lead Family Nurse

Thank you for today it has been most enlightening and useful information

Rose Benskin, Specialist Midwife

Join our Forum Network

To 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 Insights webinars
  • Discounted training and conference places
  • 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.

All virtual Forums will be hosted by our Forum administrator, who will manage the booking pages and the virtual Forum links. If you have any further questions on the above, please email [email protected]. If you have not received a password or cannot access any page beyond this point and believe you should have access, please email [email protected].