Breakdown or breakthrough? A resource for professionals working with parents affected by mental health problems in the perinatal period Our series of five short films shows how parents can be supported to develop secure attachment relationships with their babies.
Without the right support, emotional breakdown can make it difficult for parents to love, nurture and care for their babies.
Breaking down taboos and focusing on real issues, the films will give you:
greater awareness and understanding of infant mental health increased understanding of working with babies at risk of emotional and physical harm more insight around how communications can break down in the most serious cases a better grasp of how early intervention can prevent emotional harm of babies You can view each of the films below. Film 1: Breakdown or breakthrough
Explores the challenges of working with babies at risk of emotional and physical harm.
Film 1: Breakdown or breakthrough - guidance notes (PDF, 104KB)
Film 2: Growing an emotional brain
Explores the neurobiology of babyhood.
Film 2: Growing an emotional brain - guidance notes (PDF, 85KB)
Film 3: The emotional life of a baby
Compares two babies in very different circumstances to demonstrate how the earlier help is offered, the more likely it is that emotional harm will be prevented.
Film 3: The emotional life of a baby - guidance notes (PDF, 90KB)
Film 4: Breaking the cycle
Demonstrates how, with therapeutic help, parents who have suffered repeated abuse at the hands of a partner can make the necessary changes to leave the abusive relationship and nurture their baby safely.
Film 4: Breaking the cycle - guidance notes (PDF, 89KB)
Film 5: The forgotten father
Explores the role of the father, and the fact fewer men ask for psychological help if things go wrong.
Film 5: The forgotten father - guidance notes (PDF, 84KB)
Produced in collaboration with Dr Amanda Jones, PhD (Honorary Associate Professor of Warwick Medical School and Head of North East London NHS Foundation Trust's Tier 3 Perinatal Parent Infant Mental Health Service). For further information call 0808 800 5000 or email@example.com.