September News & Notes

What's New at the APA

  • Most Americans believe they would know how to get help for a loved one living with addiction, according to the latest Healthy Minds Monthly public opinion poll presented by APA & Morning Consult. 71% of those polled said they know how to help get a friend or loved one help with addiction, while 65% defined recovery as "being able to function better in life." You can read more about his poll and see the full results here.   
  • The APA Foundation donated $25,000 to relief efforts for the wildfires in Maui. The APAF's gift will be made to the Maui Strong Fund. The APAF has committed to absorbing all administrative expense for those who donate, so that 100% of funds donated go directly to relief efforts. You can read more here.  
  • APAF launched the Mental Health Care Works public information campaign dedicated to raising awareness around the signs and symptoms of mental health disorders and showcase the efficacy of mental health care, and encourage people to take action and seek help if they need it. The campaign is currently active in Denver, CO, Raleigh, NC, and Baltimore/Washington, D.C., with a nationwide rollout slated for 2024. You can read more about the Mental Health Care Works campaign 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. Check out our playlist of Spanish language mental health explainers:

Briefs for Your Newsletter

September Course of the Month – The Shame of Suicide and Attempted Suicide in Physicians: Five Physicians Who Are Speaking Out

Physicians are known to be a group of individuals who are more at risk of suicide than the general public. Data is sparse about attempted suicide, but we do know that medical students and residents have rates of suicidal ideation that are higher than age-matched peers. The intent of this course is to unravel the stigma around suicide and attempted suicide in physicians, present new learning from look-back research, share personal narratives, and offer ways to save doctors' lives.

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

Call for Applications: Moore Equity in Mental Health Community Grants Program

Increasing equitable access to mental health care is a cornerstone of the APA Foundation's mission. Each year, we award grants to community nonprofits that are supporting the mental health of minoritized youth through the Moore Equity in Mental Health Community Grants program. The 2024 grant application is open now through September 30. Learn more about our work to end disparities in access to health care and apply today!

Virtual Immersive: Geriatric Psychiatry Updates

Don't miss out on the opportunity to enhance your clinical expertise in geriatric psychiatry! Join us on September 27 for the Virtual Immersive: Geriatric Psychiatry Workshop. Expand your knowledge and sharpen your skills in caring for older adults with common psychiatric disorders. Register today and secure your spot in this immersive learning experience.

Looking Beyond:

We invite you to join us on Thursday, September 28 for the next APA Looking Beyond Mental Health Equity Fireside Chat. During this engaging discussion our panelist will provide valuable insights into the growing public health concern of vaping and e-cigarette use and how these behaviors are linked to increased risks of substance use, especially among marginalized youth. Our panel of experts will explore the intersectionality of these risks and the role of psychiatry in addressing and preventing these inequities. Don't miss out on this informative discussion -- Register today!

@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.

Submit Abstracts for APA's 2024 Annual Meeting

Abstract submissions are now being accepted for APA's 2024 Annual Meeting, which will take place May 4 to 8 in New York, N.Y. The theme of the meeting is "Confronting Addiction From Prevention to Treatment." Submit your ideas for general sessions, courses, and posters to the biggest psychiatric meeting of the year. LEARN MORE

2023 APA Mental Health Services Conference Scientific Program Now Available

The Mental Health Services Conference will take place from Thursday, October 12, through Saturday, October 14. You can now review sessions planned for this year's conference. LEARN MORE

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.