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Importance of infant mental health

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Tasmania is welcoming a branch of the Australian Association for Infant Mental Health, which brings the state in line with the rest of the country.

It is believed that support and intervention much earlier in a child's life will reduce the cases of adolescent mental health issues.

Commissioner for Children and Young People Leanne McLean explains the importance of infant health.

"More and more research is focused on the fact that the first 1,000 days of a child's life is really when we lay down all of the really important social and emotional development that are necessary for a child to have a really good life" she said.

"These developments include the ability to make good decisions, navigate risks, and resilience."

These skills, which carry through the remainder of an infant's life, are now supported by new resources set to benefit Tasmanians. 

"In Tasmania we will have a group of professionals," McLean explained.

"They will come together from across the medical sphere, the education sphere, welfare sphere, to come together with the primary focus to draw attention to the importance of the healthy social and emotional development of infants in those first 1,000 days."