Bolton’s NHS trust has marked the start of a special week aimed at improving the mental health of some of its very youngest patients.
Infant Mental Health Awareness Week aims to support people from the earliest possible age, making sure they get the best start when it comes to lifelong mental wellbeing.
By marking the week, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust hopes to make people in the borough aware about what help is available for infants.
A statement said: “Today marks the start of Infant Mental Health Awareness Week 2022.
“Supporting infant mental health and early relationships can have a positive impact on our children’s lifelong wellbeing, mental and physical health.”
The week runs until Sunday, June 19 and is observed by NHS trusts around the country.
The idea was initiated by the First 1001 Days Movement, which believes that focusing on babies in particular helps to ensure that people will go on the have better mental health throughout the rest of their lives.
A statement from the campaign group said: “Because the first 1001 days are a period of rapid development, early experiences affect not only babies’ emotional wellbeing now but also influences how their bodies and brains develop.”