The importance of Infant Mental Health - Part 1: Why Infant Mental Health?

Written by Counselling Psychologist Jonathan Bosworthmental-health-article-image


The World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH) defines infant mental health as: "as the ability to develop physically, cognitively, and socially in a manner which allows them [infants] to master the primary emotional tasks of early childhood without serious disruption caused by harmful life events. Because infants grow in a context of nurturing environments, infant mental health involves the psychological balance of the infant-family system."

Why infant mental health?
The first thought that may cross your mind is : "Why is infant mental health important?"
I hope to provide the answers to this important question thoughout this series of articles. Initially I would like to share some of the reasons for focusing on the psychological wellbeing of babies, which may start to answer your question.