What is infant and child mental health?

Runtime 00:29:35
Released 11/6/19
Emerging Minds Podcast
Emerging Minds Podcast
What is infant and child mental health?

In this episode, we speak with Dr Nick Kowalenko, a child and adolescent psychiatrist based in Sydney. Nick has been practicing as a psychiatrist for more than 25 years and is President of the Tresillian Family Care Services Council as well as Deputy Chair of Emerging Minds. We talk infant and child mental health; what it looks like when things are going well and when things are not going so well; and the importance of the early years

In this episode you will learn:

  • What is infant mental health?  (06:10)
  • What places infant’s mental health at risk? (11:59)
  • How to start conversations about child mental health with parents who are facing adversity (18:08)
  • What specialist mental health services are available to infants and children?  (24:49)


Further information and resources:
Let’s Talk About Children
Zero to Three website
Australian Association for Infant Mental Health
Early Childhood Australia
Raising Children Network
Queensland Centre for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health

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