The Building Attachment and Bonds Service (BABS), in Knowsley, invited past and present service users to come together and share experiences of improving their parent-infant mental health.
The service, which is delivered by North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, hosted two parent and infant events in Knowsley as part of Infant Mental Health Awareness Week, 11th to 15th June.
The events were well attended by parents, families and professionals, who came together to share their knowledge and experiences to help others. The Building Attachment and Bonds Service wants there to be more open conversations on this topic and to encourage more families to come forward and ask for help, as so many parents and infants suffer in silence.
Supporting parent infant mental health at the earliest possible opportunity (during pregnancy and post birth), is vital for ensuring secure attachments and loving bonds can be built, whilst breaking negative life cycles.
Dr Lisa Marsland, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Strategic Service Lead of Building Attachment and Bonds Service, said “Relationships are everything! So making sure we get the first and most important relationship right is crucial and some of our families often need support to achieve this. We are proud that our Knowsley families have the opportunity to prevent the breakdown of parent and infant mental health and attachments”.
Danielle, a past service user who struggled with her mental health from a young age said “This service was amazing and life-changing for me and my son. I feel like I have grown in confidence and will always have a great bond with my boy,”
Building Attachment and Bonds Service (BABS), is a specialist, therapeutic, easy to access support and interventions are available for pregnant women, new parents and their partners, who are struggling with their emotional wellbeing and/or adjusting to their new born baby.
For more information, visit http://www.nwbh.nhs.uk/infant-mental-health-awareness-week
Main photo – Harry is one of the babies that attended a parent and infant event during Infant Mental Health Awareness Week, 11th to 15th June.