In light of the tornados that ripped through numerous Kentucky towns in December of 2021, the American Psychiatric Association Foundation (APAF) recently donated $5,000 to three organizations in Kentucky that are providing aid in the aftermath of the disaster: Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund, State Street Baptist Church and Kentucky Legal Aid. Additionally, the Foundation gave $1,000 to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City to aid relief efforts for the tragic Bronx apartment fire in January.
In light of this week’s news from Columbia University involving APA Past President (2013-14), Jeffrey A. Lieberman, M.D., the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) Board of Trustees today issued this statement to the APA membership and the public:
On behalf of the nearly 600,000 physicians and medical students that our organizations represent, we commend the passage of the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act (H.R. 1667), which will address the mental health needs of our nation’s doctors by investing in programs to protect their mental health and end the stigma medical professionals often face when seeking necessary treatment and support.
American Psychiatric Association Foundation Awarded $379,200 from Brave of Heart Fund to Address Frontline Healthcare Worker Burnout
The American Psychiatric Association Foundation (APAF) has been awarded a $379,200 grant from the Brave of Heart Fund to help address the well-being and burnout concerns of frontline healthcare workers. Over the next two years, the APAF’s Center on Workplace Mental Health will use the grant to convene experts for roundtables on key topics, leverage the power of storytelling through interviews with hospital leadership, call attention to the issue with the public and with healthcare system leaders, and develop resources on best practices to connect frontline healthcare workers with mental health care.
The members of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) have elected Petros Levounis, M.D., M.A., as the medical society’s next president-elect. Dr. Levounis is the first openly gay psychiatrist elected to the presidency of the APA. The results were released today but are not official until the APA Board of Trustees confirms them at its March meeting.
The American Psychiatric Association’s 2022 Annual Meeting features nationally recognized experts in psychiatry and mental health policy, research, and clinical practice. The meeting’s theme is Social Determinants of Mental Health and will feature more than 300 educational sessions and specialized tracks, including addiction psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and more. There will also be a new Clinical Updates Track, and a Research Track from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
APA Foundation Library Hosting Exhibition, Town Hall for Black History Month on Central State Hospital
The American Psychiatric Foundation’s Melvin Sabshin, M.D., Library and Archives is hosting an exhibition and a virtual town hall on the history of Central State Hospital, the first mental health care facility for African Americans in the country.
One in Three Americans Worry About Social Media’s Impact on Mental Health Nearly Half Say It Has Hurt Society at Large
Twenty-five years after the website Sixdegrees.com began a revolution in the way people used the internet, a third of Americans say social media does more harm than good to their mental health. Nearly half said that social media has hurt society at large and 42 percent said it has hurt political discourse. This is according to the results of the American Psychiatric Association (APA)’s February 2022 Healthy Minds Monthly* a poll conducted by Morning Consult, fielded Jan. 19-20, 2022, among a nationally representative sample of 2,210 adults.
American Journal of Psychiatry Articles Honored as 2021 Leading Research Achievements in Mental Illness
Four articles published in 2021 by the The American Journal of Psychiatry have been honored by the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation as 2021 Leading Research Achievements for notable contributions to research on mental illness and the biology of the brain by its grantees, prizewinners, and scientific council members.
As it enters its 30th anniversary year, American Psychiatric Association Foundation (APAF) has joined the Mental Health Coalition, a group of leading mental health organizations, brands, and individuals who have come together to end the stigma surrounding mental health and to change the way people talk about, and care for, mental illness.
A woman’s mental health is punctuated by specific events during her natural biological cycle, but the importance of these events is often forgotten when clinicians review her psychiatric history. A new textbook from APA Publishing is the first comprehensive text for understanding, diagnosing, and supporting the unique mental health needs of women during their entire reproductive life cycle.
January Issues of American Psychiatric Association Journals Cover New Research on Cannabis and Alcohol Use, Disparities in Coercive Treatment for Psychosis, and More
The January issues of two of the American Psychiatric Association journals, The American Journal of Psychiatry and Psychiatric Services are available online. Also available is the latest issue of The American Journal of Psychotherapy.