Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH)
Infants and young children can have mental health issues just like older children, youth and adults. Infants and young children with mental health challenges grow up into older children, youth and adults with mental health challenges. For this reason, it is essential (and cost-effective) to start early on by supporting infants and young children with what they need for mental health. Perhaps one of the most important factors is to support parents and caregivers, so that they can have a healthy relationship with their infant, based on being able to consistently and gently meet their infant's needs.