American Psychiatric Association Honors Sen. Chris Murphy with Jacob K. Javits Award for Public Service
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) presented Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) with the Jacob K. Javits Award for Public Service during its Federal Advocacy Conference today. Sen. Murphy is recognized for his leadership and dedication in advancing mental health policy in Congress that has led to the passing of critical bipartisan legislation to help improve the lives of millions of Americans with mental illness and substance use disorders (SUD).
The American Psychiatric Association condemns the recent terrorist attacks in Israel. Innocent civilians should never have to endure the violence and chaos that happened last weekend. APA sends our support to all those affected in Israel and around the world. We mourn those who were lost and call for the immediate return of all hostages to their families. The scale of this terrorist act and the harm it is causing is unfathomable.
The rapid transition to virtual care that occurred with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in better continuity of psychotherapy visits compared to prior to the pandemic when almost all visits were in-person, according to new research published in Psychiatric Services, a journal of the American Psychiatric Association. In addition, the time between appointments grew shorter after the transition to virtual care. The study results highlight the benefits of continued availability of virtual psychotherapy.
October Issues of American Psychiatric Association Journals Look at Factors Influencing Depression and PTSD, Guidance on Handling Drugs Laced with Fentanyl, and More
The latest issues of three of the American Psychiatric Association’s journals, The American Journal of Psychiatry, Psychiatric Services and The American Journal of Psychotherapy are now available online. The October issue of The American Journal of Psychiatry is focused on research devoted to understanding factors influencing depression, PTSD, and suicidal behavior.
New research finds that people with schizophrenia have a genetic propensity to smoking and a reduced genetic risk of obesity. The study, published in The American Journal of Psychiatry, revealed genetic overlap between schizophrenia and cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors, particularly body mass index (BMI) and smoking. The findings highlight the importance of environmental factors in the development of obesity and other CVD comorbidities.
APA Celebrates One Year of LaSaludMental.org, Spanish-language Mental Health Resource Site, During Hispanic Heritage Month
The first day of Hispanic Heritage Month this year marks one year since the American Psychiatric Association (APA) launched LaSaludMental.org, the organization’s first website dedicated to providing evidence-based information and culturally competent resources in Spanish on mental health and addiction.
La APA celebra un año de establecer LaSaludMental.org, sitio web con recursos para la salud mental en español, durante el Mes de la Herencia Hispana
En el primer día del Mes de la Herencia Hispana, la Asociación Psiquiátrica Americana (APA) conmemora un año del lanzamiento de LaSaludMental.org, el primer sitio web de la organización dedicado a brindar información basada en la evidencia y recursos culturalmente competentes en el idioma español acerca de la salud mental y la adicción.
September Issues of American Psychiatric Association Journals Cover New Solutions Addressing Structural Racism, Childhood Trauma, Suicidal Behaviors, and More
The September 2023 issues of two of the American Psychiatric Association’s journals, The American Journal of Psychiatry and Psychiatric Services are now available online.
New APA Poll: Most Americans Believe They’d Know How to Get Help for a Loved One Living with Addiction; Define Recovery as “Being Able to Function Better in Life”
Nearly three in four Americans (71%) say they’d know how to get a friend or family member help with addiction, and most would refer a loved one to recovery treatment (73%) and or initiate a conversation with them about it (74%). As America marks National Recovery Month this September, the majority of adults (65%) said that recovery from substance use disorder or other mental illness means “being able to function better in life,” when asked to choose among a variety of different options.
Nueva encuesta de la APA: la mayoría de los estadounidenses cree saber cómo acceder ayuda para un ser querido que tiene una adicción; define la recuperación como “ser capaz de funcionar mejor en la vida”
Casi tres de cada cuatro estadounidenses (81%) dicen que sabrían cómo ayudar a un amigo o familiar con la adicción, y la mayoría referiría a un ser querido a un tratamiento de recuperación (73%) y/o iniciar una conversación con ellos al respecto (74%). En el Mes de la Recuperación, la mayoría de los adultos encuestados (65%) afirmó que recuperarse de un trastorno por consumo de sustancias u otra enfermedad mental significaba “ser capaz de funcionar mejor en la vida”, cuando se les pidió que eligieran entre una variedad de opciones.
As destruction from the devastating wildfires in Maui continues to add up, the American Psychiatric Association Foundation (APAF) has committed relief aid to the Hawaiian community in the amount of $25,000. APAF’s gift will be made to the Maui Strong Fund.
September is Recovery Month, a time to emphasize that recovery from addiction and other mental illness is possible. The story of recovery is important to share as the United States remains in an opioid overdose epidemic.