There is a wide range of Australian and international resources available on supporting infant mental health.
Below are some recommended resources on the importance of mental health in infancy, infant and parental risk and protective factors.
- Promoting mental health in early childhoodoutlines what mental health in early childhood means and the importance of promoting it.
- Risk and protective factors in early childhoodhighlights the risk and protective factors in early childhood and their effects on children's mental health.
- Early childhood mental health is an introduction to the development of mental health in early childhood and how mental health difficulties in early childhood influence children's emotions, behaviour and social skills.
- Early childhood neurodevelopment provides a general understanding of early childhood brain development from conception to five years.
- Directory for kids’ mental health and wellbeing is a comprehensive list of websites, phone support lines and national services professionals.
Parent Infant Research Institute (PIRI)
- Information for health professionals provides an overview of PIRI's postnatal depression, prematurity and infancy programs and clinical services, including referral process for the Perinatal Mental Health Clinic.
Raising Children Network
- Newborns connecting and communicating provides information on attachment and bonding for newborns (0-6 months).
Women’s and Children’s Health Network
- Attachment covers attachment behaviours and how to build secure attachments.
Queensland Centre for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health
- Mental health promotion and prevention resources includes links to disaster, indigenous, social and emotional early development publications and brochures.
Zero to Three
- Infant and early childhood mental health: promotion, prevention, and treatment is a three-part blog series that explores mental health needs of young children.
Children of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI)
- Resources for community health services includes information on helping families and children when a parent has a mental illness.
Circle of Security
- Circle of Security is a relationship-based early intervention program designed to enhance attachment security between parents and children.
Infant mental health resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
Aboriginal Health: A Telethon Kids Institute
- Perinatal and infant mental health and wellbeingexamines the promotion of perinatal maternal, paternal and infant mental health and wellbeing through prevention and management strategies and initiatives that are holistic in nature and encompass the special worldview of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
- Promoting perinatal mental health wellness in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communitiesprovides information on the protective and risk factors related to perinatal mental health from the perspective of mother, child and father, along with implications for the wider family and community.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perinatal mental health: a guide for primary care health professionals is a practical guide to working sensitively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island mothers, fathers and families in the perinatal period.