Science News » NIH joins with women’s organization to debut postpartum depression video
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) have partnered with one of the nation’s largest African-American women’s organizations, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (DST), to create 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 like postpartum depression (PPD). Learn more….
Watch this video on (PPD) that was developed for the initiative. PPD is a mood disorder that can affect women shortly before or soon after childbirth, but commonly begins within a month after delivery. This under-recognized and under-treated disorder can affect any woman of childbearing age. The video provides patient testimony and information on the signs and symptoms of PPD and reinforces the importance of seeking help and treatment from a health professional.
As you may know, the issues of missing and exploited children impact all communities nationwide. We also know that when a child goes missing or is exploited, an entire community is deeply impacted. And, it is the entire community that is needed to support the family while a child is missing, upon recovery and reunification, and to prevent a child from abduction, running away, or sexual exploitation.
The Family Advocacy Division of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) seeks Spanish-speaking child and family-serving professionals, private practitioners or agency-based, to become partners in the Family Advocacy Outreach Network (FAON). We have a large number of Spanish-speaking children and families in need of family services in their native language. We believe that children receiving services from professionals who understand their language and culture will make a positive impact in their lives.
FAON is designed as a voluntary referral network to provide low sliding-fee or pro-bono service intervention to parents and legal guardians of missing and/or sexually exploited children. The network is national and international in scope and seeks the expertise of treatment professionals with experience in crisis management and/or victim/family trauma. Sometimes families need short term help, others need long term. The Network seeks to provide a local point of contact and referral for parents and legal guardians faced with the challenges of recovery and healing.