Parent-Infant Mental Health (PIMH)

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Home-Start HOST works in partnership with Tameside’s Early Attachment Service, Stockport’s infant-parent service & Health Visiting teams to deliver the Parent-Infant Mental Health project (PIMH). Our aim is to promote and support the importance of early relationships by educating and empowering families around parent-infant mental health and its benefits for future health, well-being & development.

Many factors can affect early relationships and how parents feel about their baby and themselves. Things can be stirred up from the past, and the future can be a worry, parents may also feel anxious about some of the thoughts and feelings they are having. Parenting a baby or young child can be difficult at the best of times and sometimes it can be hard to cope with feeding or sleeping patterns, or a baby who cries a lot.

All of this can impact the parent-infant relationship and anyone can experience these feelings.

We support families with PIMH across Tameside & Stockport who are experiencing mild to moderate mental health issues and are pregnant or have a least one child under the age of 2. Our Home-Visiting volunteers receive additional specialist training to prepare them to support families around PIMH.

Support is provided within the home and community to promote parental engagement, parent-infant relationships and positive well-being.

Referral Criteria

• Parents who would like support in building their relationship with their baby or young child
• Families living in Tameside or Stockport, who are pregnant and/or have at least one child under the age of two
• Families where parents are experiencing, or at risk of experiencing mild to moderate mental health issues
• Families who are experiencing other factors including but not exclusive to: adolescent parents, first born infants, low birth weight infants and parents with a diagnosis of mental illness, developmental disability or substance abuse
• Families that have consented to referral and are willing to engage with PIMH Home-Start support

How to refer for PIMH support

Professionals can refer with the family’s consent by completing a Referral Form, available to download here.

If you think you may be in need of PIMH support, you can self-refer by contacting the Home-Start HOST office:

Tel        0161 344 0669

Email    info@homestarthost.org.uk

If you would like to discuss if a family would benefit from the PIMH project please call us 0161 344 0669 or email info@homestarthost.org.uk