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How to Talk about Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health - InfoGraphic

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) is often misunderstood. This infographic was designed to help early childhood professionals talk about IECMH and can be used as a tool when discussing the critical importance of social and emotional development with stakeholders. It provides the definition of IECMH and illustrates where social and emotional development can be promoted. This is a free resource and can be used as:

BestStart: Prenatal Education webinar recordings available

Prenatal Education Webinars

Two webinars were offered in January to support prenatal educators in Ontario. The recordings are now available at Additional recordings from previous webinars held this year are also available from that website.

CanFASD has just released its first online course to the public, free of charge.

Foundations in FASD is a basic training course intended for everyone that will come into contact with individuals with FASD including all sectors of work, families, individuals with FASD, spouses, and the general public. This foundational level training program provides the perspective of individuals who have FASD, is evidence-based, employs a culturally sensitive approach, and is presented in a way that is responsive to the learner's needs.

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Video to help understand PMAD & Tips for partners to support

This is a good video that can be shared with people who would like to understand what a Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorder is. What the difference between baby blues and PPD is, what intrusive thoughts are. How to know when it's time to speak to a doctor. It gives tips on how to support someone who is going through a PMAD and ways for partners to offer emotional and practical support.

Introducing the Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative (CPMHC)

The Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative’s (CPMHC) mission is to garner support for a national strategy and government legislation to improve perinatal mental health care, include awareness, universal screening, and timely access to treatment.
The collaborative is comprised of mothers and fathers with lived experience, advocates, health care practitioners, researchers, and perinatal mental health organizations across Canada.
Let's get Perinatal Mental Health #ONTHEAGENDA in 2019! Join us as we launch the brand new Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative!

Nutrition for Young Children in Community Settings Best Practice Guideline

“Nutrition for Young Children (Ages 1 to 6 years) in Community Settings Best Practice Guideline” was developed by agencies in Simcoe County to help community staff and volunteers working with young children to provide nutritious food choices in a healthy and positive way. The guideline was updated in 2018. It is available in English and French.

New cannabis resources and links

The Public Health Agency of Canada contracted the Best Start program by Health Nexus to adapt our booklet, Risks of Cannabis on Fertility, Pregnancy, Breastfeeding and Parenting.
Two cannabis use resources were developed for PHAC. The readability level is geared for CAPC/CPNP programs.

Cannabis and Pregnancy: Getting Ahead of Policy

The Thunder Bay District Health Unit Family Health Team is pleased to release “Cannabis and Pregnancy: Getting Ahead of Policy,” the first of three reports in a three year cannabis and pregnancy project.