At the close of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) 2022 Annual Meeting, Adam Nelson, M.D., assumed the role of Speaker of the APA Assembly of District Branches.
Rebecca W. Brendel, M.D., J.D., began her term as President of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) at the 2022 APA Annual Meeting. She has had extensive APA experience, having served in numerous leadership roles, including as chair of the APA Ethics Committee and member of the Board of Trustees, the Committee on Bylaws and the APA Conflict of Interest Committee. Brendel has also served as a member of the APA delegation to the American Medical Association (AMA) and is an APA Distinguished Fellow.
Our hearts are broken after the brutal and tragic loss of children and teachers in Uvalde, Texas. We mourn their loss. Tragedies like this, the recent shootings in Buffalo, Houston, and too many other cities in the U.S., are traumatic for those directly impacted and can harm the mental health of others who feel its impact. The American Psychiatric Association offers resources vetted by physicians on coping with these tragedies and talking with children to help them through these events. Please be aware that you are not alone in your feelings and that mental health professionals can help.
American Psychiatric Association Honors Jim Obergefell with John Fryer 50th Anniversary Speech Award
Today, during its Annual Meeting, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) conferred the special John Fryer 50th Anniversary Speech Award to civil rights activist Jim Obergefell. Obergefell, the named plaintiff from the landmark marriage equality case Obergefell v. Hodges, was presented with this award for his courage in promoting equality for LGBTQ+ Americans.
Special Issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry Examines Structural Racism and Mental Health Disparities, Offers Solutions
A special issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry, released today at the American Psychiatric Association’s Annual Meeting, highlights the pervasive negative consequences of structural racism on mental health and the importance of community and system-wide interventions and proposes mental health inequity research priorities.