April 2023 News and Notes

What’s New at the APA

  • Americans overwhelmingly noted that pets have a positive impact on their mental health according to the latest Healthy Minds Monthly poll from APA and Morning Consult. 86% of those polled said that their pets have a positive impact on their mental health. Companionship, providing a calming presence, and reducing stress and anxiety were among the benefits of pet ownership identified by those polled. You can read the full results of the poll on the mental health benefits of pet ownership here.

Visit APA’s Newsroom for the latest news releases, statements, blogs, monthly public opinion poll results, and other information.

APA Communications Monthly Themes: April 2023

APA’s Communications Division has developed monthly themes that serve as conceptual anchors for APA communications efforts each month. April 2023 will focus on Nutrition and Mental Health, Spring Break, Climate Change, and National Autism Awareness Month. Visit APA’s social channels to participate in the conversation each month.

APA Media Training for Members

The APA Communications Division is pleased to offer free media training for APA members seeking to sharpen their skills and help advance APA’s mission by engaging with the media. The next training session will take place on April 11, from 3 - 4 pm EDT and cover Social Media for Organized Psychiatry, as delivered by Luke Waldron, APA’s Senior Social Media Manager.  Register Here today!

NEW: Social Media Assets for DBs & SAs

APA is sharing infographics on disorders and its new monthly polls for District Branches and State Associations to use on social media. Take a look at what’s available here.

Animated Explainer Videos on Common Disorders

APA has developed a series of animated explainer videos on commonly searched mental disorders and other conditions related to mental health. The videos cover topics including OCD, Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, and Climate Change, among others. You can see all of the videos in English here, and in Spanish here. Be sure to subscribe to APA’s YouTube Channel as new videos on other topics and disorders are added on a regular basis.

Briefs for Your Newsletter

April Course of the Month – Adapting Evaluation and Treatment of ADHD for High IQ Kids and Adults on the Autism Spectrum

CDC estimates indicate that 1 in 54 children in the U.S. is diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum, where 44% on this spectrum have average or above average IQ – facing many unique challenges in their schooling, social interactions, and employment. About 3/4 of clinically referred persons with ASD also suffer from ADHD-related impairments. This course will provide clinicians with information and strategies to improve clinical understanding, treatment, and support for patients with ADHD/ASD and their families.

Click here to access the Course of the Month and sign up for updates about this free member benefit.

Now Accepting Nominations for Paul O’Leary Award for Innovation in Psychiatry

The APA Foundation, with the support of the O'Leary family, is accepting nominations for the O’Leary Award for Innovation in Psychiatry. Drawing on Dr. O’Leary's values this tremendous award will provide seed money to launch ideas rooted in improving access and efficiency of healthcare teams; addressing crisis de-escalation & stabilization; leveraging economies of scale. The first Paul O'Leary Innovation in Psychiatry Award will be presented in 2023 at APA’s Annual Meeting. Nominate an incredible colleague or apply yourself by April 7.

APA 2023 Annual Meeting

Come & connect with world-renowned experts and professionals in psychiatry while enjoying the rich cultural opportunities the “Golden Gate City” has to offer at APA’s 2023 Annual Meeting! Register today & save!

APA Foundation Benefit

Join us at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art for a celebration unlike any other. Come together with leaders, colleagues, and friends to honor the work of our APA Foundation - pushing forward toward its vision: A Mentally Healthy Nation for All. It will truly be an experience like no other - don't miss out on this unique opportunity!

New CME Webinar Explores Impact of Rapid-Acting Antidepressants

The latest installment of APA’s Emerging Topics webinar series is entitled Rapid-Acting Antidepressants: New Treatments, New Hope, and New Insights into the Brain. This webinar will describe the path that led to the identification of the rapid antidepressant effects of ketamine. It will then describe its applications in clinical practice. The presentation will then describe emerging insights into the biology contributing to its distinctive clinical profile. Building on these insights, it will suggest some strategies that may enhance its clinical impact. Register today for the webinar on April 10 and earn up to 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 credits.

Add-On Registration for Paid Courses at the APA Annual Meeting

Registration for paid courses is available as an add-on in the registration platform during or after completing your in-person Annual Meeting registration. Visit the Registration Resource Center to add a Paid Course.

View Master Courses for additional full-day paid course options at the meeting.