INFANT MENTAL HEALTH
Infant Mental Health (IMH) is defined as the healthy social and emotional development of a young child. It is the ability of a young child to express emotions and form close and secures interpersonal relationships. Infant mental health is best understood from the perspective of brain development in the first years of life and the influence of what does or does not happen. It is during this critical window of development when the foundation is laid for all future relationships and learning. IMH encompasses the importance of early attachment relationships and experiences that will either promote social-emotional health and well-being or will set in motion a negative trajectory that is played out throughout the life span.