9 June 2016

Local MSP Backs NSPCC Infant Mental Health Campaign

Banffshire & Buchan Coast SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson has given his support to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)’s Infant Mental Health Awareness Week 2016.
Mr Stevenson joined officials from the NSPCC in Parliament this week to promote the initiative which is aimed at giving all children the best start in life.

Commenting, Stewart Stevenson MSP said,

“The work of the NSPCC and the Infant Mental Health Awareness Week campaign is vital. The NSPCC contributes greatly to our understanding of infant mental health and the cost of overlooking it.

“Research suggests that in early months the permanent architecture of the brain is being developed at a rate of 700 new connections per second. Trauma and neglect can disrupt and damage this process, putting mistreated children at greater risk of health problems and poor outcomes.

“As a society, we must continue to improve the lives of children. If we want a better quality of life and an improved society, it starts with infancy. I hope we can continue to encourage more people to support the work of such worthy campaigns.”

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