Maine Association for Infant Mental Health

Maine Association for Infant Mental Health (MeAIMH) is a non-profit organization focused on the health and well being of infants and their families. The organization is administered by a Board of Directors and an Executive Coordinator.

MeAIMH Vision

The vision of the Maine Association for Infant Mental Health is to be an organization of advocacy and a catalyst for change whose purpose and message are readily understood. Children’s Healthy Early Relationships Invite Success and Hope #CHERISH

MeAIMH Mission

The mission of the Maine Association for Infant Mental Health is to promote through education and advocacy, healthy early relationships and their vital importance to infants, children, and their families.

A Letter from the Maine Association for Infant Mental Health, Inc. Board

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Dear Infant Mental Health Community,

In these times of stress and uncertainty, families with infants and young children are particularly vulnerable. The Board of the Maine Association for Infant Mental Health is working to find ways to continue to be relevant and helpful to these families and to those who work with them.

We are staying active on Facebook, and all Facebook posts are included here on our website. As an example of a specific tool that may help families discuss Covid-19 with their children, we have posted A Hungry Caterpillar’s Sneeze Mask, a resource developed for Head Start to help have conversations about masking and staying home.

We are continuing to offer the 3-day Infant Mental Health Training remotely through our partnership with Maine Roads to Quality (MRTQ). Please let us know if you are interested in taking this course.

If you are looking for support or specific resources you can contact our Executive Coordinator, Debra Nugent-Johnston at or (207) 375- 8184. We would also appreciate updated mailing and email addresses, which can be sent to the same email address.

As we plan to go forward to provide our colleagues with educational opportunities and resources, we would love to hear from you with any ideas, concerns or suggestions.

Our commitment to the well being of families and children is as strong as ever and we look forward to staying connected in these troubling times.

Board of Directors
Maine Association for Infant Mental Health

CHERISH Children’s Healthy Early Relationships Invite Success and Hope

What is Infant Mental Health?

Infant mental health is an inter-disciplinary field of research, clinical practice and public policy-making concerned with maximizing the emotional, physical, social and cognitive well-being of zero to five year old children and their caregivers.

Infant mental health assumes that:

All babies begin life with their own unique temperament, maturational schedule, and individual differences.
Human relationships are powerful conditioners of infant development.
Environmental influences also impact heavily on the development of infants.
Parenthood is a developmental process, and parents also grow.
Risk, coping, and capacity to master adversity are important factors in the development of infants.
Early intervention is the best kind of prevention.
Infant mental health is important because:

It is the basis for personality development.
It influences the infant/young child’s view of the world.
It influences the balance between attachment, interaction, and exploratory systems.
It influences the development of a child’s full potential, empathy, and morals.

Please help support the Maine Association for Infant Mental Health, we are a 501c3 organization.

Thank you, we appreciate your help toward our work.

To directly support the Maine Association for Infant Mental Health please use the Donate button just below this message.

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