HEALTH & WELLNESS
The Mental Health Across the Lifespan initiative (#DSTMHAL) is a collaborative effort of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. with the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), both part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. A Memorandum of Understanding establishing the collaboration was signed in late 2014.
The multi-year collaborative effort 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 also aims to reinforce the importance of recognizing the signs of mental illness and of seeking help and treatment from healthcare providers.
To educate youth on how to be more than a bystander when witnessing bullying and conversation starters for adults to talk with young people
To educate communities about the signs, symptoms, and treatment options for postpartum depression
To assist older adults in communicating with their doctor and resources on other health conditions affecting the aging population
To assist college students in organizing an educational program that utilizes campus and local resources