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More funding to help parents and infants

The Scottish Government’s Perinatal and Infant Mental Health (PIMH), managed by Inspiring Scotland has been extended for another year (April 2023 – March 2024). The fund is supporting 34 charities to deliver vital mental health services to support families across Scotland.  

For parents and babies, the first few years of life is a critical time. It has been estimated that up to 20% of mums and 10% of dads are affected by poor mental health in the perinatal period.  We also know that the period from conception to the end of the second year is a crucial one for the development of babies’ brains. A person’s mental health in later life is strongly influenced by what happens during this formative period.  

This extension will allow organisations to continue supporting families with young infants across Scotland.  The work carried out by portfolio partners include counselling, parenting support, peer support and training.  

Celia Tennant, Chief Executive at Inspiring Scotland said:

“We’re delighted the Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Fund has been extended for another year. This will enable us to work alongside our charity partners to continue offering their essential perinatal services that support families with  babies. This support is needed now more than ever, and these organisations are a lifeline to parents and families, offering empathetic support with trusted relationships right at the heart of their services.” 

Find out more about the funded organisations and the impact of support  in the latest report here. We would like to thank the Scottish Government and all the funded organisations and partners for their continued support to families at this crucial stage of life.  

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