Dumfries & Galloway Health & Social Care

Wee Minds Matter
Infant Mental Health Service

What is Infant
Mental Health?

Infant mental health has three key parts: an infant’s ability to experience a range of emotions; the presence of safe and close relationships with important people; and the opportunity to explore and learn the skills of early childhood.

Infant mental health has three key parts: an infant’s ability to experience a range of emotions; the presence of safe and close relationships with important people; and the opportunity to explore and learn the skills of early childhood.

Why is Infant Mental Health important?

An Infant’s experiences in the first 3 years of life create the foundations for their future selves. his period of life influences health and wellbeing across the lifespan; social, emotional and brain development; self-esteem, relationships and future engagement with education and employment.

Who Are We?

We are part of a wider Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Service which also offers input to mothers during the perinatal period (conception to first birthday). 

Wee Minds Matter is an infant mental health service dedicated to offering input to infants and their primary caregivers from birth to 3rd birthday. 

We work with families where difficulties are identified in the infant-caregiver relationship or in the infant’s emotional state. 

We aim to improve the infant-caregiver relationship, increase caregiver confidence and promote positive infant mental health.

What Do We Do?

Where Do We See Families?

Referral Criteria

The infant is under the age of 3 (up to 3rd birthday).

The infant is a resident in Dumfries and Galloway.

The infant is displaying significant emotional and/or behavioural difficulties in line with key indicators, relationship with main caregiver, emotional or cognitive functioning, sense of self and social interactions.

Difficulties are related to or impacting on the infant-parent/carer relationship.

Who Can Refer?

Referrals will be considered from any health or children’s services professional:

  • GP
  • Health Visitor,
  • Social Worker,
  • Educational Visitor, Nursery Staff,
  • Third Sector staff,
  • Mental Health Staff, Paediatrician,
  • Family Nurse

 

How To Refer?

Referrers can contact the service by email or telephone to discussion an infant.

We can only discuss infants when the primary caregiver has given consent to do so.

We ask that the Health Visitor or Family Nurse is made aware of the referral, as the infant’s ‘Named Person’.

We do not accept referrals directly from families.

Contact Us

Helpful Video's

WHAT IS PARENT-INFANT THERAPY?

WHAT IS INFANT MENTAL HEALTH?

We work closely with these services as part
of the wider Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Service

For more information about our Wee Minds Service, download our leaflet.  

The Maternal and Neonatal Psychological Interventions Team (MNPI) offers assessment and support to families who have experienced distress as a result of experiences including birth trauma, neonatal admissions and baby loss. For more information, visit the team’s webpage

For more information about the MNPI services, download the Maternal and Neonatal Psychological Interventions Team leaflet 

The Perinatal Mental Health Team provides specialist support from conception to the infant’s first birthday.  For more information, visit the team webpage  

For more information about the Perinatal Mental health services, download the service leaflet. 

Websites and Resources

Happy maps support for parents/carers

Parent Club Information

Parent 1st Information

Baby Buddy

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