Making a referral
Research suggests that 40% of British children are not securely attached by the age of five. Recent studies also show that early psychological intervention (between conception and the age of two) can reduce the chances of a child being referred for emotional or behavioural problems later in life. At BrightPIP, we believe that preventative mental health is by far the most effective way of supporting families at risk.
As a GP, Health Visitor or Midwife, you may have concerns over a highly anxious, depressed or withdrawn parent. Alternatively, problems may become apparent when a child’s expected milestone is not reached. Psychological and talking therapies can provide an integrative package of support as an alternative to, or alongside any medicines prescribed. At BrightPIP, we have the expertise and the time to spend with each client.
All BrightPIP clinicians are registered and checked with the DBS (formerly CRB) service.
It is a requirement that practitioners have up-to-date Child Protection training and support alongside continuing professional development in the field of parent infant mental health.
Please contact us if you wish to refer patients directly to BrightPIP and you feel they could benefit from our therapeutic services.
Getting a second opinion
It is sometimes difficult to know if a patient needs specialist help. At BrightPIP, we are always happy to discuss a possible referral. We are here to support the invaluable work you are doing in the community, so please feel free to use us as a sounding board for your concerns.
BrightPIP also provides training in areas such as attachment theory and infant mental health. This is particularly relevant if you are a professional working with parents-to-be or with parents and infants in a community clinic, hospital or a Children’s Centre. Training can be tailored to the needs of an individual or organisation. We can teach staff to identify early attachment problems and to work in partnership with parents to promote bonding and prevent mental health complications in children.
As a health professional, you have an important role to play. A small intervention at an early stage can have an immense, life-long effect. Let us pool our knowledge and resources to promote good mental health for parents and infants.