How is your Make One Change challenge going?


We asked some parents how their Make One Change challenge was going. This is what Sarah told us:-

Here are some pics of our #gettingoutnomatterwhat adventures. We love getting out for walks and the fresh air does us all the world of good. Great for mind and body. We had changed it up for a bit there and started to do more mindfulness activities in the house but we are getting back to the outdoors again cause we miss our walks and adventures. Every day we imagined something different, dinosaur trails, jungle trails, the 3 bears cottage, fishing in the lake etc. I have loads of other pics too, we’ve had soo much fun. My boys are 3, 2 and 5 months so as u can imagine the outdoors does us all great. I started this on 6th Jan and no matter what the weather was we got out and at weekends we took my hubby – it was so nice to involve the whole family and be active together. Sarah

And another dad, Paddy, tells us, “All is going well with making one small change in our household.  The Friday night ‘games night’ is going well with each of us taking a turn in choosing the game each week.  The Sunday walk started off great with beach walks but with the bad weather didn’t happen for a few weeks but we are back on board with coastal and forest walks locally.”

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Infant Mental Health Awareness Week runs from June 13th-19th.           

This week provides an opportunity to focus attention on the wellbeing, social and emotional development of our babies and young children. It highlights the importance of early relationships and a relationship based approach to interventions with infants and families. As our understanding of IMH and its evidence base develops, so also does our knowledge of how to apply this knowledge and an ‘IMH lens’ to interactions with infants, parents and caregivers in health and social services. 

What is infant mental health?

Infant Mental health (IMH) refers to the healthy social and emotional development of Infants starting at conception up to three years of age.

The first 1000 days of life are recognised as a critical period of opportunity to support infant mental health. Decades of research have shown that it is the quality of the early caregiver relationship that is a significant determinant of the infant’s healthy social and emotional development and in turn physical health, right up to adulthood.


The National Healthy Childhood Programme has embedded IMH as the foundation of the development of its resources and in the approach of the delivery of the universal child health service. This embedding of key messages can be seen in the My Child suite of books ( and also on  where key messages around bonding and relationship building have been embedded for the parent/caregiver.


In clinical practice the topic of IMH has been included for the first time in the National Standardised Child Health Record. To build on this, the National Healthy Childhood Programme have just completed a suite of three eLearning units which are now available on HSEland for healthcare practitioners / caregivers who are working with children and families.  


Throughout the week you will see videos and key IMH messaging being promoted on the HSE MyChild social media pages ( Facebook / Instagram ). Keep an eye out in the National Newspapers for articles from our experts also. (IrishTimes article)  


In addition The National Healthy Childhood Programme have developed a series of ten practical videos with HSE expert advice which are now available on YouTube and on the relevant pages on the website.

These videos (2-3 minutes each) are aimed at parents/guardians of children (0 – 3 years).

These new video resources are available here while lots more expert advice for every step of pregnancy, baby and toddler health can also be found at

There are a suite of posters available focusing on the promotion of IMH messaging to order from

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