Find messaging tools and templates, such as talking points and sample presentations, to communicate the importance of IECMHC.
Vision Statement on Communications
The Center’s vision is that infant and early childhood mental health consultation (IECMHC) will be widely recognized as a preventive intervention to ensure that all young children experience optimal social and emotional development, which links directly to better school, mental health, and life outcomes. It will be clearly understood and accepted that early childhood settings are significantly strengthened in achieving their goals as a result of the inclusion of IECMHC.
To help IECMHC grow and reach the greatest number of children and families, consultants must “make the case for IECMHC.” They need to explain why it’s so important, how it’s unique from other mental health services, whom it benefits, and how it improves the quality of early childhood services. Use the following documents and resources to help communicate the importance of IECMHC:
- Introduction to Communications – 2017 (PDF | 915 KB) introduces the importance of communications strategy in promoting and expanding IECMHC.
- The IECMHC Communications Package provides clear messages and definitions to share with stakeholders about the importance of IECMHC. It includes the following materials:
- Crafting Effective Messages
This interactive module provides background on effective message framing based on communication principles that create common understanding and motivate individuals to act. A text-only, accessible version of the interactive module is also available.
- Communications: Key Resources – 2017 (PDF | 1.1 MB) is a compilation of links to other useful communications toolkits and additional information on the basics of a communications strategy.
Find additional resources in the IECMHC Toolbox, including guidance on: