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Wow, what an inspiring and amazing day we had at #iHVPIMH2021!

Our third annual Perinatal and Infant Mental Health (PIMH) conference, Systems for Success, held on Wednesday 5 May 2021, was a virtual conference.

With 300 delegates, this was our largest PIMH conference ever and we were delighted that it also celebrated World Maternal Mental Health Day.

The conference placed the family firmly at the centre of a whole systems approach to family mental health and wellbeing.

When thinking about systems, Aristotle said the whole is greater besides the sum of its parts – and it’s certainly true of mental health. Family mental health is complex, and whilst individuals, different professions and services can, and do, make a huge difference- we know that by joining the junctions and pulling together we can achieve so much more.

Melita Walker, Mental Health Lead at iHV, commented:

“Achieving good family mental health requires effective, strategic, integrated, inter-agency system-wide approaches, and that is exactly what the iHV Champions programmes deliver. I was delighted to celebrate that, as of World Maternal Mental Health Day, we have trained 2622 PIMH Champions, from across the very broadest range of professional backgrounds and it’s wonderful to know that many of our Champions were able to attend.

“Aristotle also said: “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” I would like to thank all our wonderful speakers who certainly put their hearts and minds into #iHVPIMH2021! The conference was a great opportunity for connecting, reflecting and co-directing the future of PIMH care. We had learning from across the globe, across the UK, from professional, parental and organisational perspectives, and, as ever, our conference was grounded in evidence and the wisdom of families and practitioners throughout.

“I would like to thank our many partners within the PIMH systems who have contributed to the success of the Institute’s Work in Mental Health. We could not have done it without you. We can’t do it without you! A special thank you to our Champions and Parent colleagues, and also to the AIM Foundation for their encouragement, belief and continued support of the Institute’s Work in Mental Health.”

We received some amazing feedback from the conference:

It was a fantastic conference with amazing speakers such powerful presentations well done team iHV

#iHVPIMH2021 what a fantastic and inspiring day. Having speakers from the devolved nations really added to the programme for me

Thank you @iHealthVisiting for a great #iHVPIMH2021 conference! Thanks to the fabulous speakers who presented. May we all continue to ensure we build a fair system that leaves no one behind!

#iHVPIMH2021 #WorldMaternalMentalHealthDay wow my first iHVPIMH Conference and what an inspiring day it has been. Thank you @iHealthVisiting

Thank you @IHV @Alison_Morton2 @melita_walker for an incredibly action packed conference. #iHVPIMH2021

Speakers included:

  • Luciana Berger Chair, Maternal Mental Health Alliance
  • Sally Hogg Head of Policy and Campaigning , Parent-Infant Foundation
  • Dr Ruth Oshikanlu MBE, Independent Health Visitor and Executive Director , Goal Mind
  • Dr Billie Lever Taylor, Senior Research Fellow and Clinical Psychologist, University College London and the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
  • Roch Cantwell Lead Clinician, Vice-Chair and Perinatal Psychiatrist, Perinatal Mental Health Network Scotland, Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Programme Board
  • Dr Vicky Fallon, Lecturer in Health Psychology, Institute of Population Health, University of Liverpool
  • Professor Louise Howard, President, MARCE International Society
  • Dr Alain Gregoire, Founder, Former Chair, and now Honorary President, Maternal Mental Health Alliance

Have a quick spin through all the tweets collated from day in the Wakelet link below – so much to see!


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