MEDIA ADVISORY: American Psychiatric Association to Mark Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in July With Series of Events, 5k
In 2006, U.S. Congress designated July as "Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month," focused on improving mental health services for people of color through education and addressing stigma. In honor of this month, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) established the MOORE Equity in Mental Health Initiative. Through this initiative APA celebrates every July with a series of community-wide events focused on promoting mental health equity for young people of color.
New APA Poll Finds Americans Rate Cigarettes as Most Unsafe, Addictive Substance Among Options Surveyed
In a new national poll, Americans widely agreed that cigarettes are unsafe (84%) and addictive (87%), and yet a fifth (21%) reported smoking every day. The vast majority of people believe alcohol, opioids, and vapes are addictive, and about two-thirds said alcohol and opioids are unsafe, while more than three-fourths said vaping is unsafe.
APA Foundation Recognizes Mental Health Organizations Serving Multicultural Communities
At the 2023 Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in May, the APA Foundation (APAF) was proud to announce this year’s winners of the Awards for Advancing Minority Mental Health. Established in 2003, these awards are presented annually to recognize local organizations for innovative efforts to raise awareness of mental illness in underserved or minoritized communities. Past award winners have been honored for their work increasing access to mental health care, addressing cultural barriers to treatment, or improving the quality of care for those with serious mental illness (SMI).
June Issues of American Psychiatric Association Journals Cover Substance Use Disorders, Opioids, Youth Self-Harm and Suicide and More
The latest issues of two of the American Psychiatric Association’s journals, The American Journal of Psychiatry, and Psychiatric Services are now available online.
Dr. Petros Levounis Takes Office as APA President
Petros Levounis, M.D., M.A., an internationally renowned addiction expert and advocate of LBGTQ+ mental health, began his term as president of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) at the 2023 APA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Levounis, who is married to actor and filmmaker Lukas Hassel, is currently professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry and associate dean at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He is also the chief of service at University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, and director of the Northern New Jersey Medication Assisted Treatment Center of Excellence.
Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D., Assumes Post as APA Assembly Speaker
At the close of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) 2023 Annual Meeting, Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D., assumed the role of Speaker of the APA Assembly of District Branches.
The American Psychiatric Association Launches New Eating Disorder Clinical Decision Support Tool
The American Psychiatric Association (APA), together with AvoMD, a software company that translates clinical evidence into the workflow, have developed an interactive screening and assessment tool for eating disorders based on the APA’s new Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Eating Disorders.
Study Highlights Long-Term Benefits of Family-Based Care Following Institutional Care
New research, published online today in the American Journal of Psychiatry, provides the most robust and comprehensive evidence to date that children exposed to early psychosocial deprivation benefit substantially from family-based care. Senior author Kathryn L. Humphreys, Ph.D., discussed this work today at a special briefing during the 2023 Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association.
New Research Examines Firearm Culture in Families of Youth Who Died by Firearm-Suicide
A new study, released today at the American Psychiatric Association’s Annual Meeting, examined perspectives on firearms among the families of youth who completed suicide by firearm, and found that in many cases, youth who died by gun-related suicide had been introduced to these weapons through culturally rooted familial traditions. The researchers also examined family members’ perspectives on suicide prevention interventions, including the State of Maryland’s Extreme Risk Protective Order Law, passed in 2018.
New Study Evaluates Quality of Information on YouTube, TikTok About Dissociative Identity Disorder
New research released today at the American Psychiatric Association’s Annual Meeting examined the quality of content in YouTube and TikTok videos on dissociative identity disorder and found novel results.
New Research: Faith Leaders Play Important Role in Aiding Mental Health of Seniors
New research presented today at the American Psychiatric Association’s Annual Meeting indicates that older people with multiple chronic health conditions who are more religious are more likely to seek mental health services from a faith leader than a mental health professional.
APA Gives Back to Homeless Children’s Network
In its 14th year, the “APA Gives Back” program provides an opportunity for the American Psychiatric Association (APA), its members, and Annual Meeting attendees to support a community organization in the city where the Annual Meeting is held. Today, the APA presented a donation of $27,176 to Homeless Children’s Network (HCN).