May 2022 APA News and Notes

News and Notes for APA District Branches/State Associations

May 2022

This monthly newsletter is prepared by the APA’s Communications Team as a benefit for our District Branches and State Associations. Feel free to share the articles below in your own newsletter. If you have any questions, please contact James Carty at or 202-609-7077.

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What’s New at the APA

  • APA launched a new maternal health initiative aimed at identifying clinician training gaps. The    Mental Health Needs Assessment in the Management of Perinatal Psychiatric Disorders initiative will perform a needs assessment via focus groups of women with mental and substance use disorders before, during, or up to two years post-pregnancy. Focus groups will also be held with mental health professionals who treat pregnant women. The initiative is supported by a $447,209 grant from the CDC Foundation. You can read more about the  Mental Health Needs Assessment in the Management of Perinatal Psychiatric Disorders here.
  • Two-thirds of Black Americans believe that climate change is having a negative impact on mental health, according to the latest installment of APA’s Healthy Minds Monthly poll. 67% of Black American adults polled agreed that climate change is hurting Americans’ mental health, while more than half (54%) agreed that it was impacting their mental health. 51% also reported being anxious about the impact of climate change on future generations. You can read more about the April Healthy Minds Monthly poll on climate change here.
  • APA announced the launch of the PsychPRO 2.0 mental health registry. PsychPRO 2.0 builds on the success of the previous PsychPRO platform, and offers enhanced options for engaging with patients, tracking outcomes, as well as streamlined data collection for quality reporting. You can read more about the PsychPRO 2.0 mental health registry here.

Key Dates and Observances

APA Communications staff maintains a calendar of key dates, observances and events at APA and in the world of mental health in general. The calendar is kept up to date a few months in advance. You can view the calendar and keep track of important mental health dates and observances here.

Social Media Assets

APA is sharing infographics on disorders and its Healthy Minds Monthly polls for distribution on social media. Take a look at what’s available here.

May Course of the Month – Ketamine for Depression: Is the Hype Holding Up? Mechanisms and Evidence

This course will review the clinical data in support of the effectiveness of ketamine and esketamine for difficult to treat depression and major depressive disorder with suicidal ideation, the limitations, adverse effects, and controversies surrounding their use, their hypothesized mechanisms of action and how that relates to theoretical causal processes for depression.

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

Registration Now Open: APA’s Annual Meeting in New Orleans

APA is gathering in-person for the first time since 2019, in the birthplace of jazz, New Orleans! Join APA in-person May 21-25 for the 2022 Annual Meeting, the premier psychiatry event of the year. With more than 300 educational sessions covering 50+ topics, and up to 30 CME, APA’s Annual Meeting is the best place to connect with colleagues, get the latest in scientific advances, explore new exhibitor products and services, and meet your certification and licensure requirements. 

This year's in-person program includes:

Why attend the APA Annual Meeting? Hear from this year’s Scientific Program Committee in the SPC Launch Video. Interested in the Online Annual Meeting? Learn more here:

Call for Nominations: 2023 Chester M. Pierce Human Rights Award

Nominations for the 2023 APA/APAF Chester M. Pierce Human Rights Award are due July 1st. Endowed by the APA Foundation Chester M. Pierce Human Rights Award Endowment Campaign in 2021, this award recognizes the extraordinary efforts of individuals to promote the human rights of populations with mental health needs by bringing attention to their work. Visit the award webpage for nomination criteria or contact Omar Davis (, Manager, District Branch and International Relations, for more information. To learn more about the 2022 award recipient click here.

Royal College International Congress

The American Psychiatric Association proudly supports the International Congress of the Royal College of Psychiatrists—one of the most prestigious mental health events in the world. This year’s Congress will be the first in-person Congress in three years and a welcome chance to meet and network with colleagues again.

Please have a quick browse of the full program to fully appreciate the breadth and strength of what is on offer.

Save the Date: Moore Equity in Mental Health 5K: Run, Walk, or Roll on July 9th

Save the date and get involved as we work to address mental health inequities facing young people of color, while honoring mental health advocate Bebe Moore Campbell. Participate in the 5K in Washington, D.C on Saturday, July 9, 2022, when APA will host an in-person 5K run, walk, and roll at Anacostia Park, or join us virtually! More information is coming soon.

Leaders Needed for the Advocate/Protégé Program (part of Leadership, Equity, and Diversity Institute)

The Advocate/Protégée Program of the LEAD Institute aims to refine APA/APAF SAMHSA Fellows' leadership skills by pairing them with APA leaders who share similar interests and will help foster professional growth and career development. Hallmarks of the program include: networking; technical and professional skill development; exposure to leadership experience; and first-in-line consideration to be advocated for opportunities to become APA leaders. Leaders within APA are a key part of the Fellows’ experience and are critical to the overall success of the SAMHSA Minority Fellowship Program. Register today:

Just Released: APA DSM-5-TR – 20% Discount for Members

Developed with the help of more than 200 subject matter experts, DSM-5-TR includes revised text, clarifications to diagnostic criteria, incorporation of information on the impact of racism and discrimination on mental disorders, and updates to ICD-10-CM codes since 2013.

Self-Assessment in Psychiatry

Practicing psychiatrists and residents interested in assessing their level of knowledge regarding current psychiatric practice and clinical advances can complete the 2022 APA Annual Meeting Self-Assessment in Psychiatry. The self-assessment is a series of 100 questions developed to self-assess current knowledge in major topics in psychiatry, providing feedback that can be used to streamline your experience at the APA Annual Meeting. Members who complete the activity will be able to earn a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and self-assessment credit for MOC Part II.

Now Accepting Applications for Fellows of the APA (FAPA) – Deadline September 1

Fellows of the APA (FAPA) are members of a select group dedicated to shaping the role of psychiatry in our healthcare system. Becoming a Fellow is an honor that reflects your dedication to the profession and is recognized by your peers as a mark of your leadership in the field of psychiatry. Learn more and, if eligible, apply today.

Review Qualification Requirements

Watch APA’s Video Series on Common Mental Health Disorders

This year, APA is releasing a new series of videos on common mental health disorders. Watch the current videos on anxiety, depression, knowing the signs of addiction, and the latest video on climate change and mental health.

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