November News and Notes

What's New at the APA

APA honored Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) with the Jacob K. Javits Award for Public Service during the October Federal Advocacy Conference. Sen. Murphy was recognized for his leadership in advancing mental health policy, including an instrumental role in the passing of bipartisan legislation to increase access to care and resources for Americans with mental health and substance use disorders. You can read more about Sen. Chris Murphy and the Jacob k. Javitz award here.

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APA Communications Update

Videos for Sharing:

APA's Youtube channel has a plethora of mental health focused videos you can use on social media or share elsewhere. We have recently added a video on opioid use disorder, in support of President Levounis' theme. In addition, check out our playlist of Spanish language mental health explainers:

The APA Foundation Center for Workplace Mental Health has just released an animated explainer video on beating burnout at work. This video contains tips that are useful for everyone who is feeling stressed or burned out because of their job, whether they are a physician or not.

Briefs for Your Newsletter

November Course of the Month – Challenges to Evidence-Based Practice in American Indian and Indigenous Community Mental Health

American Indian and other Indigenous communities exhibit alarming inequities in mental health disorders and associated problems. This course will review American Indian concerns and critiques of evidence-based practice in community mental health to ensure that researchers, professionals, and providers are prepared to address these challenges when undertaking service delivery within Indigenous communities. Click here to access the Course of the Month and sign up for updates about this free member benefit.

Nominations open for new Council on Women's Mental Health 

APA's Board of Trustees recently approved the creation of a Council on Women's Mental Health. The council will centralize APA's work related to women's mental health and serve as a source of information, guidance, and support for other APA components. Nominations are open for APA members until November 15.

View and Comment on Recently Proposed Changes to DSM-5-TR

The DSM Steering Committee is currently accepting public comment on a proposed change to criteria on Major or Mild Neurocognitive Disorder Due to Alzheimer's Disease. Read more about this proposal and provide your feedback by November 17.

@theAPA November Event:

Mark your calendars for November 17 to join us at APA Headquarters for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Update. This second event of our new immersive learning series will provide an update on the five critical domains relevant to practicing psychiatrists and primary care physicians. Don't miss this opportunity to stay informed and enhance your professional expertise. Sign up for Updates.

Be a part of APA's Speakers Bureau

APA is seeking members who are active and engaged in Component activities to be a part of APA's Speaker's Bureau. The Speaker's Bureau is aimed at diversifying and broadening APA's bench of public-facing experts. In addition to traditional media requests, APA has a number of other opportunities available for members who are willing to share their expertise. This includes writing blogs on important mental health topics, providing government testimony, and participation in social media events, like Twitter chats, Instagram live, and more.

Members of the APA Speaker's Bureau, as an internal influencer group, will also be asked to amplify APA's voice by promoting public education initiatives via social media and engaging during APA social media events.