Background papers on caregivers’ mental health

To increase knowledge on the importance of investing at an early stage of life and the need to focus on the impact of the parental and carer mental health on babies and toddlers, two position papers have been developed by United for Global Mental Health with support from the Bernard van Leer Foundation:

Parental and carer mental health: impact on the child

This paper identifies current trends in parental and carer mental health and shares the best evidence, interventions and opportunities to improve caregivers’ mental health.

Parental and carer mental health in conflict and emergency settings: the impact on the child

The second paper is an annex to the above paper and explores the influence of conflict and emergency settings on wider challenges facing parents and carers, children and their mental health.