Current Initiatives

Community Tables

IMHP has completed 20 tables that document infant and early mental health services in communities, identify opportunity to strengthen and grow services and resources.  Canada’s only documentation of infant and early mental health. While originally funded by PHAC, communities now request the table and cover the costs.

Nurturing the Seed (NTS)

NTS is a resource any practitioner can use to create a developmental support plan for a child while waiting for more intensive services. Currently, Kids Brain Health Network is funding an evaluation of this resource in 6 Indigenous communities. Part of this work will include the creation of a coaching model to complement the training IMHP provides communities. Click here to learn more about Nurturing the Seeds.

Nishnawbe Aski Nation(NAN) Infant & Early Mental Health Training Program

IMHP is entering an agreement with NAN to develop a training program specifically for those working with Indigenous children birth to 6 and their families. 

15 Part Series on Infant & Early Mental Health

IMHP creates a 15 part series every other year on infant and early mental health.  Licenses are sold to individuals and/or agencies.  The series can be accessed in person or via we in real time or through an archive for two years. Click here to learn more about the series.

Centre of Excellence (CoE) Collaboration

A memorandum of understanding is being developed to define a formal relationship between IMHP and CoE.  Building on the collaboration between the two organizations in the past, this will lead to several projects in the upcoming 18 months that will be funded by the CoE but delivered by IMHP. 

Care Pathways in Infant and Early Mental Health

Care pathways guide children and families to, through and out of care ensuring that they are matched with the best services, at the right time and in the
most appropriate format for the family. In collaboration with the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health (the Centre), and in partnership with community-based, cross-sectoral groups of professionals, IMHP coordinates and pilots a series of workshops that focus on services and supports for young children from birth to age 6, and aim at unravelling the care pathways that can be developed to support infant and early mental health in these pilot communities.

Alberta Infant Wellness Initiative

IMHP is under contract to the Alberta government to implement a protocol developed by IMHP for children under six in the care of child welfare. This project was also part of an evaluation funded by Kids Brain Health Network. 

Expanding Horizons

Canada’s only conference focused solely on infant and early mental health, Expanding Horizons happens every other year.  Attendance ranges from 400 to 500 delegates.  The next conference will take place in Toronto April 28-30, 2021. Stay tuned!

Mental Health Commission of Canada

IMHP is now beginning a relationship with the Commission.  Scope of relationship is yet to be defined.