Massachusetts Association for Infant Mental Health
MassAIMH has collected several resources that mental health professionals may find helpful during this challenging time.
Resources for Providers
In our community, we center on the question, “how are the children?” The pre-recorded webinar above, created in partnership by MassAIMH, MSPCC, and United Way, is an introduction to some ways to nurture young children’s social emotional wellness and infant mental health using a relationship-focused, equity-centered, trauma-informed approach. This webinar incorporates thinking about how COVID-19 affects our youngest children, including an introduction to the science behind the impact of trauma on young children and some strategies that caregivers and early childhood providers can use to support children in challenging times such as now.
Dr. Barbara Stroud has provided this informational video for parents in order to support caregivers in managing the emotional responses and developmental needs of their children during this crisis. Dr. Stroud provides parents with information and skills to support their children’s emotional health, mental well being, and build necessary skills of resilience.
In keeping with our dedication to the Irving Harris Foundation’s Diversity-Informed Tenets, the MassAIMH Board of Directors and Policy Committee firmly supports the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health’s public statement on the impact of structural racism on the nation’s babies, families and infant mental health workforce.
Generations of inequity and racial oppression, including the brutality against families and communities of color, has gone on for far too long. The mission of Infant Mental Health as a field of study and practice is social justice work; striving to ensure that every child born has access to supports to reach their developmental potential.
How a family gets treated affects a child’s development for a lifetime. Families’ rights are children’s rights. We in the field of IECMH are in a unique position to actively interrupt the cycle of historical trauma before it continues to permeate into future generations.
As MassAIMH members, we encourage you to stand and be counted as Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health professionals who will not tolerate hate and discrimination, as well as advocate for equitable policy and legislation reforms to education, health, economic and justice systems.
Thank you for your strong voices and unity as we work together for lasting change at this critical moment.