Bonding for Brilliant Babies: promoting infant mental health through social marketing
Lynn Cuddihy Primary mental health work lead, NHS Dumfries and Galloway
Anna Waugh Lecturer in mental health nursing, University of the West of Scotland
Lynn Cuddihy and Anna Waugh report on a project to improve teenage mothers’ knowledge and encourage behaviour change by involving them in the development of a leaflet
Early childhood provides excellent opportunities for growth, yet it is also when children are most vulnerable to neglect and abuse. Policies prioritise mental health, particularly recommending the promotion of good parenting, attachment and infant mental health (IMH) (
When presenting mental health education to a group of pregnant teenagers, an opportunity arose to apply social marketing principles to raise awareness of and promote IMH. The aim of the campaign was to increase young mothers’ awareness of and improve understanding and skills in IMH and bonding. An adapted ‘marketing mix’ (4Ps) – product, price, place and promotion – method was used to promote the benefits of behaviour change to the target audience. The combination of a quiz, presentation of adapted IMH resources and consultation with young pregnant women resulted in the co-creation of a leaflet, which was approved for use across Dumfries and Galloway last year.
This article describes a co-production approach to engagement with pregnant teenagers and the resulting social marketing campaign to promote IMH called Bonding for Brilliant Babies.
Primary Health Care. 25, 4,24-28. doi: 10.7748/phc.25.4.24.e964
Received: 05 September 2014
Accepted: 30 September 2014
Published in print: 01 May 2015Peer review
This article has been subject to double blind peer reviewConflict Of Interest