Infant Mental Health Promotion

Infant Mental Health Promotion (IMP)

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Infant mental health practice refers to the promotion of optimal development and well-being in infants (prenatal to age three) and their families, the prevention of difficulties, and intervention when infants are at-risk or have identified problems. The goal of infant mental health services is to ensure optimal child outcomes in terms of a sense of security and self-esteem, and the ability to form satisfying relationships, to engage with the world, to learn, to cope and problem solve, and to continue positive development throughout life. Infant mental health services strive to promote stable and supportive families and communities.

Infant Mental Health Promotion (IMP) is a coalition of individuals and professional representatives from agencies concerned with infants and their families. IMP is dedicated to promoting optimal mental health outcomes for infants through developing and supporting best practices through education and training, dissemination of information, networking and advocacy.

IMP was initiated in 1988 by the Department of Psychiatry of The Hospital for Sick Children. Since then the organization has grown considerably and maintains strong representation from community-based agencies across Canada. Infant Mental Health Promotion (IMP) provides a collaborative, informed and passionate voice for infants, families and caregivers.


75 different past articles from IMPrint now available to download


IMP wants to hear from you!

In order to serve you better, we need to understand your needs (training, resources, research, networks) specific to infant mental health.

This online survey was initially developed in partnership with the Northern Network of Children’s Agencies because we want to learn more about their needs specific to infant mental health. We have created it in a way that allows us to understand the regional needs of the north as well as other parts of the country. We invite you to take a few minutes to complete the survey. For us the information is very important to the priorities we set for the upcoming year.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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