Understanding Adversity and Resilience for Infant Mental Health Awareness Week

Understanding Adversity and Resilience for Infant Mental Health Awareness Week

By Kerrie Gottliebsen

Tweddle’s Screening of Resilience: The Biology of Stress and The Science of Hope on Thursday 13th of June saw more than 140 people gather to learn about Adverse Childhood Experiences, Infant Mental Health and Protective Factors.

Infant Mental Health Awareness Week has become an annual global initiative held in June.  It invites Government, industry and consumers to consider the distinct needs of babies and toddlers and to invest in the services that support parents and carers in the early years.

Joining the Tweddle Board, Management and staff were special guests including Professor Campbell Paul, President-Elect of the WAIMH Board of Directors and consultant infant psychiatrist at the Royal Children’s Hospital and Royal Women’s Hospital.

Tweddle Board Member of twelve years and ex Chair Dr. Nicole Milburn, recognised the achievements of Associate Professor Brigid Jordan who through her roles with the Royal Children’s Hospital Health and Social Work Departments, as well as the MCRI and the University of Melbourne, focused much attention on the needs of babies and toddlers. Tweddle Chairperson Doris Whitmore thanked Dr Milburn for her long service to Tweddle.

People came together to see the award-winning documentary and learn more about ACEs, now understood to be one of the leading contributing causes of heart disease, cancer, substance abuse and depression.

Tweddle CEO Jacquie O’Brien reminded guests that for ACES to be understood, parents needed support, follow up and links to community resources. Parents and their children also benefited from being asked questions about their past as is the case with Tweddle’s intake and assessment process. As the documentary highlighted, the earlier we help, the better. “The child may not remember, but the body remembers.”

Jacquie also announced the upcoming launch of Tweddle’s new suite of digital resources which includes the Sleep Play Bond video series developed with support from The State Trustees Australia Foundation and LifeBuoy Video.

In addition to the Videos, Tweddle is also launching an App, “Parenting Babies and Toddlers” and is now available in both the App store and Google Play store. The App was developed with support from the Collier Charitable Fund and Dreamwalk App Developers.

The App will evolve over time as Tweddle receives feedback and adds new sections. An event to officially launch the App and Videos will be announced in coming weeks.  The videos are available online now.

You can support Tweddle’s early intervention support services and programs by making a tax deductible donation to the Tweddle Foundation.

 


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