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Free activities on offer to mark Infant Mental Health Awareness Week

Next week is Infant Mental Health Awareness Week and Hull City Council’s Early Help teams have put on a series of free events for parents and children.

Infant Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 10 – 16 June and this year’s theme is ’Speak up for babies’.

Infant mental health is an often overlooked and misunderstood subject – people may wonder how mental health issues can affect those so young. Infant mental health describes the social and emotional wellbeing and development of children in the earliest years of life. This includes their ability to form close relationships, recognise and express emotions and explore and learn about their environment.

Research shows that the experiences and relationships babies have in the earliest years of life influence their development. Having a positive start in life brings benefits that can be seen in a child’s later life.

Infant Mental Health Awareness Week provides the opportunity to discuss the importance of supporting babies’ mental health and wellbeing.

Infant Mental Health Awareness Week is co-ordinated each year by the Parent-Infant Foundation.

Pauline Turner, the Director of Children and Family Services at Hull City Council, said: “I hope families in Hull will consider coming along to a session at one of the many Family Hubs across the city. The sessions promote baby development, as well as nurture the bond between parent and child.”

See details about the sessions below:

Date Family HubSession
Tuesday 11 June
1:30pm – 2:30pm
Rainbow Family Hub, Wheeler StreetRainbows and Sprinkles session
Tuesday 11 June 1.30pm – 2.30pmMarfleet Family Hub, Preston RoadBaby massage
Thursday 13 June 10amParks Family Hub, Courtway RoadTiny Explorers Play Session
Thursday 13 June 10.30am – 12.00 noonPriory Family Hub, Priory RoadSensory session, massage, Grobrain and relaxation
Thursday 13 June 10amFenchurch Family Hub, Fenchurch StreetBaby massage
Thursday 13 June
10.00am – 11.00am
Lemon Tree Family Hub, Lothian WayMessy Play session for children aged 6 months – 2 years.
Friday 14 June 9.30am – 11.30am  Acorns Family Hub, Nestor GroveDiscover and Play
Little Explorers sessions offering baby massage and Grobrain tasters
Friday 14 June
10.00am – 12.00 noon
Little Stars Family Hub, Preston RoadBaby yoga

The 0-19 Health Visiting team are available for any families who are worried about their baby’s development, or their relationship with their baby. They have child health clinics across the city during Infant Mental Health Awareness Week and beyond. Families can contact their named health visitor or call the service on (01482) 259600.

Visit Hull’s Family Hubs website for more information about the wide range of support they offer during pregnancy and throughout the first 1001 days of a child’s life:

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