• IAITMH

    In young children, mental health is often equated with healthy social and emotional development, which is defined as "the developing capacity of the young child to experience, regulate, and express emotions; and explore the environment and learn, in the context of a caregiving environment that includes family, community, and cultural expectations for young children."
  • What is Infant Mental Health?

    Infant mental health is the ability to develop physically, cognitively, and socially in a manner which allows them to master the primary emotional tasks of early childhood without serious disruption caused by harmful life events. Because infants grow in a context of nurturing environments, infant mental health involves the psychological balance of the infant-family system.
  • Endorsement

    Serious shortages in mental health workforce capacity affect all agencies, programs, and settings where young children are served in Indiana. WE have partnered with several state agencies to address this need by the adoption of an already proven competency-based Endorsement process that coordinates across all systems.
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IAITMH Mission Statement

To advance the conditions which provide an early start toward optimal mental health.


 Our Vision: All infants and toddlers are entitled to an opportunity to grow, learn and develop in a way that enhances their social and emotional health so that they may reach their maximum potential.

Welcome to IAITMH

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Infant Mental Health in Indiana

The Indiana Association for Infant and Toddler Mental Health believes that all infants and toddlers are entitled to an opportunity to grow, learn and develop in a way that enhances their social and emotional health so that they may reach their maximum potential.

Indiana cares about its youngest citizens and their mental health. There are many people in young children’s lives that can help ensure that infants and toddlers have good social emotional health including parents, child care, early intervention, Early Head Start, counselors, therapists, and many others.

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What is Infant Mental Health?

Infant Mental Health is the developing capacity of the child from birth to age 3 to:

  • experience, regulate, and express emotions
  • form close and secure interpersonal relationships, and
  • explore the environment and learn 

 

All in the context of family community, and cultural expectations for young children. Infant mental health is synonymous with healthy social and emotional development. ~Zero to Three Infant Mental Health Task Force

For more IMH definitions see:

Details of Zero to Three Definition: click here

Center for Early Education and Development at University of Minnesota

Tip Sheet for IMH Definition: click here

DBSAinmoodrings IN Mood Rings is an online community developed by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Indiana (DBSAI) for people and families dealing with any type of mood disorder or substance abuse issue. It's designed to connect members to important resources as well as to provide emotional support, education and inspiration for all people dealing with mental health and substance abuse issues.