Parent Infant Mental Health Project

The Parent Infant Mental Health (PIMH) project is a new Citywide partnership project in Manchester between CAPS (Child and Parent Service), Health Visiting and Home-Start. It is based on a tried and tested model which has been run by Home start HOST (Home start Oldham, Stockport and Tameside) for several years.

The project looks at Attachment and Brain Development and how important a child’s experiences  during the first 2 years of their life are, and how those experiences can have long lasting effects on their future mental health and relationships. 

All volunteers who will support a family where PIMH support has specifically been requested have completed an additional 16 hours of training. The training is  co-delivered by CAPS service (Parent and Children Service), a Health Visitor and the Home-Start PIMH Coordinator.

Our specially trained PIMH Parent Volunteers and Family Support Worker will support families where the parent/s have mild to moderate mental ill health through weekly home visits for as long as the family need it. The support will be focused on the parents’ relationship with their unborn or young infant and may include;

– Enjoyable interactive activities and resources to help build a strong relationship both before and after birth

– An opportunity to explore all aspects of baby development including the amazing baby brain, how babies communicate, how we can help to calm and soothe babies in our fast-moving world, and other important developmental information

– Empower and encourage parents as the experts in their baby’s care and how they play the most important part of all

– Share evidence-based tools and techniques with parents to help them manage the transition to parenthood and the challenges it brings

Making a referral in to the PIMH project…

Families where there is low to moderate mental health issues and who have child under 2 (or unborn) can be referred for PIMH support.

To make a referral please complete the referral form (click here to download). Our referral form now has a tick box at the top to give you the option to request PIMH support for a family whom you wish to refer. There are some guidance notes at the bottom of the referral (section 7) and also an additional question (question 7) which must be completed advising why you feel PIMH support is appropriate.

Become a volunteer with the project by requesting an application form by phone 0161 721 4493  Please specify your interest in this project! See our Become a PIMH Volunteer… page for more information 

For more information please contact project Coordinator Clare Blomley clare.blomley@homestartmcr.org.uk