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Media Advisory: The American Psychiatric Association to Host Inaugural MOORE Equity in Mental Health 5K

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) will host a 5k virtual run, walk and roll on Saturday, July 10, to help raise awareness for mental health inequities facing Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) youth and to honor the late mental health equity advocate and author, Bebe Moore Campbell.

American Psychiatric Association Statement in Response to the AAPA House of Delegates Decision to Change Their Professional Title to "Physician Associate"

Patients deserve a clear understanding of the roles played by all those who partner in their care, as they already experience difficulty in identifying who is or is not a physician. It is important to provide transparency and clarity, not create more confusion, and put their safety at risk.

American Psychiatric Association Members to Visit Hill Virtually

As part of its Federal Advocacy Conference, members of the American Psychiatric Association will be participating in a virtual fly-in this Thursday to speak with their federal representatives and senators about policies and resources to increase access to needed mental health and substance use disorder services. The fly-in comes as COVID-19 continues to impact rates of anxiety, depression and overdoses in the United States.

American Psychiatric Association Honors Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman With Jacob K. Javits Award for Public Service

On Saturday, during its online federal advocacy conference, the American Psychiatric Association conferred the highest award it gives a public servant, the Jacob K. Javits Award, to Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ). Rep. Watson Coleman is being honored for her career record of public service on mental health, including her recent activities with the Congressional Black Caucus to prevent suicides in Black youth and her staunch support of the Pursuing Equity in Mental Health Act.

New Nationwide Poll Shows an Increased Popularity for Telehealth Services

A new national public opinion poll of U.S. adults by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), finds that expansion of telehealth is welcomed by most Americans. A large portion of the population have used telehealth services; more than half say they would use telehealth for mental health services; and more than one in three say they prefer telehealth.

APA Statement on the Anniversary of George Floyd’s Killing

One year ago today, George Floyd died at the hands of the police. His murder forced overdue conversations about the structural racism in the very roots of our nation. It also caused many to examine what was once considered business as usual.

As Americans Begin to Return to the Office, Views on Workplace Mental Health Are Mixed

A recent national public opinion poll of U.S. adults by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), finds that over half of employees say their employers have become more accommodating to their mental health needs during the pandemic. However, slightly fewer employees than last year say they can talk openly about mental health at work.

American Psychiatric Association Files Amicus Brief in Wit v. United Behavioral Health; Calls for Putting Patient Care Before Insurance Company Profit

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) today filed an amicus brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in the case Wit v. United Behavioral Health (UBH). Joining the brief were the Southern California Psychiatric Society, Northern California Psychiatric Society, Orange County Psychiatric Society, Central California Psychiatric Society, San Diego Psychiatric Society, American Medical Association and the California Medical Association.

American Psychiatric Association Lauds Administration’s Investment in Mental Health, Creation of Behavioral Health Coordinating Council

The American Psychiatric Association today applauded the Biden-Harris Administration for creating a Behavioral Health Coordinating Council within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Council will work across HHS to facilitate collaboration and strategic planning, and will ensure that millions of Americans receive prevention, early intervention, treatment and recovery services for mental illness and substance use disorders.

APA Praises House Passage of Mental Health Bills; Urges Senate to Follow Suit

The U.S. House of Representatives today passed a package of mental health-related legislation brought forth by the Energy and Commerce Committee. The package of bills, previously passed by the House in the 116th Congress, would help prevent suicide, expand diagnosis and treatment for substance use disorders, increase mental health screenings in the emergency room and overall, and support patients with mental health conditions and substance use disorders. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) applauded passage of the legislative package and urged the Senate to quickly follow suit.

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