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The Mental Health Across the Lifespan Initiative

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The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) have partnered with Delta Sigma Theta (DST) Sorority, Inc. to launch the Mental Health Across the Lifespan initiative. This initiative seeks to raise awareness about issues affecting women and their families throughout the lifespan, including mental disorders such as postpartum depression, and issues that can impact mental health, including bullying and aging.

This initiative has two goals:

  • Educate and raise awareness about bullying, postpartum depression, and successful aging through targeted outreach efforts in underserved communities.
  • Reinforce the importance of recognizing the signs of mental illnesses, and of seeking help and treatment from health care providers.
Mental Health Across the Lifespan literature and video

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is a private non-profit organization that provides community assistance and support through targeted programs. This initiative leverages NIH’s scientific expertise, health education resources, and DST’s international network of more than 900 chapters to educate its membership and the communities served by the organization. In conjunction with DST, NIMH and NICHD have developed educational materials for the Mental Health Across the Lifespan initiative, which are available to access online or download at

These materials are in the public domain and can be freely reused. However, images, as with other images on the NIMH website, may be restricted and protected by U.S. and foreign copyright laws, and may not be copied or used for other purposes, even if cited. See NIMH Policies for more information.

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