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Use our secure online donation form to support Baby in Mind reach more families. 100% of your donation goes into programs, and nothing else. We do not spend any donations on fundraising, non-program or peripheral costs. Donations of $2 or more are tax-deductible in Australia.

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Make a tax-deductible donation to child mental health

tax-deductible donation to child mental health

and we’ll turn it into a tax-deductible investment.

You probably already know

You are not a stranger to our work. Most people already know that the work of Baby in Mind makes a profound difference to babies and their families in our community. You probably already know that our work is evidence-based.

Every day, the type of early intervention we support is being linked to more and more outcomes. When we improve the quality of these early relationships we are directly reducing:

  • rates of chronic illness such as diabetes and heart disease.
  • child abuse and neglect risks and vulnerability.
  • childhood mental health issues, and adult mental illness.
  • social breakdown: including loneliness, violence and lack of empathy.
  • community breakdown: including crime and education exclusion.

If a baby is hungry and they get fed, and if they are stressed get comforted, the brain wires itself for trust, empathy, learning, connection and participation. But if he or she is hungry and not fed, and stressed and not comforted, the brain wires itself for fear, disconnection and mistrust. It’s not just about economics. It’s about relationships: “Poor kids who have someone feeding them and interacting with them do well, and the well-to-do kids who don’t have this care do badly.”

Researchers can tell the difference in the brain wiring as early as 100 days. “And that fist 100-day period is predictive of where kids are going to be at 3 and 5 years”  (Halverson, 2017).

And at 50 years.

This has been forgotten by governments

There are dozens of charities with big budgets doing a great job of looking after the food, money and physical needs of families who need it.

And a growing number of organisations are increasingly taking an active role in providing infant mental health and relationship support in the first 100 days.

But the knowledge and skills for staff to do this, don’t just come out of thin air.

Baby in Mind is the only Australian organisation providing vital, evidence-based infant mental health promotion skills at the grass-roots. Our focus is on training. Rather than spending money on more services, we train health professionals and community workers who are already supporting families. We’re content to work behind the scenes where we can have the most sustainable impact.

We’ve been doing this for almost 25 years. And despite our programs being used in hundreds of community, government and small business settings, we don’t receive any government funding at all.

Your tax-deductible donation to child mental health is an investment

A donation involves giving money away to provide a program. Once the program is finished, your donation has finished its work.

But for us, we do things differently.

A donation to Baby in Mind is used to support training. As a result, your tax-deductible donation to child mental health is still having an impact, long after it has been used. Because we focus on training people who are already working with families, they will continue using these skills well into the future with more and more families. And because we start early in life this helps target your donation to the greatest possible long-term impact.

In other words, we’re not merely asking for a tax-deductible donation. Rather, a tax-deductible investment in the long-term health and well-being of our whole community.

 

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