Welcome to the Western Canadian Association for Infant Mental Health (WCAIMH). We are a growing group of professionals who work with young families and are committed to promoting infant mental health in our work and our communities.
WHAT IS INFANT MENTAL HEALTH?
In infancy and early childhood, nurturing family relationships provide the foundation for social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. The resulting positive infant mental health is key to long term relationships and mental health. Early positive relationships can lead to resilience in the face of life’s challenges.
- The idea that infancy is a sensitive period in development
- Increased knowledge about development in children from conception to five years of age
- The dissemination of evidence-based and experience-based knowledge to support parents in healthy caregiving and providing nurturing environments for children
- The cooperation and collaboration of professionals concerned with promoting optimal development of infants and young children