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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S6M-05027

Infant Mental Health Awareness Week

Submitted by: Monica Lennon, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour.
Date lodged: Thursday, June 23, 2022

Supported by: Jeremy Balfour, Colin Beattie, Miles Briggs, Alexander Burnett, Finlay Carson, Foysol Choudhury, Alex Cole-Hamilton, Carol Mochan, Audrey Nicoll, Paul Sweeney, Mercedes Villalba, Sue Webber, Annie Wells, Tess White, Beatrice Wishart

That the Parliament supports Infant Mental Health Awareness Week, from 13 to 19 June 2022; notes that infant mental health is the term used to describe the social and emotional wellbeing and development of children in the earliest years of life; understands that infant mental health is influenced by secure attachments and the quality and reliability of early caregiving relationships; further understands that infants who are exposed to trauma and maltreatment are at greater risk of experiencing a range of poor physical and mental health problems throughout their lives; recognises that evidence shows that supporting early relationships and babies’ developing mental health can reduce the need for later intervention services across the life course, and understands that, despite a well-established awareness of the devastating consequences that adverse childhood experiences can have upon future health and wellbeing, infants in Scotland have very little access to mental health services.