PIMHs celebrates five years

A SERVICE designed at helping parents make sure their babes have the best mental health possible has turned five-years-old.And after assisting dozens of mothers and fathers, staff marked the anniversary with a party.

Workers at Home-Start HOST’s office at Ryecroft Hall in Audenshaw got together to celebrate what they have achieved – and looked forward to what they can do.

Home-Start HOST, which stands for Oldham, Stockport and Tameside, works in partnership with Tameside’s Early Attachment Service, Stockport’s infant-parent service and health visiting teams to deliver the Parent-Infant Mental Health project (PIMH).

Its aim is to promote and support the importance of early relationships by educating and empowering families around parent-infant mental health and its benefits for future health, well-being and development.

Many things can affect early relationships and how parents feel about their baby and themselves, and they may feel anxious about thoughts or feelings they have.

Feeding and sleeping patterns and a baby who cries a lot are among the most common causes for worry.

So the PIMH service was set up to support families across Tameside and Stockport who are experiencing mild to moderate mental health issues and are pregnant or have a least one child under the age of two.

The service’s work over the last five years was reason to celebrate but the team, under the guidance of senior PIMH co-ordinator Nancy Bradshaw is showing no signs of slowing up.

If you would like to discuss if a family would benefit from the PIMH project call 0161 344 0669 or email info@homestarthost.org.uk

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