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WASHINGTON, D.C., August 25, 2021 – The news and images coming out of Afghanistan these past days have been difficult to watch and our thoughts go out to the people of Afghanistan and to the hundreds of thousands of service members who worked to establish peace in the country over the past 20 years.

These recent events may trigger a range of emotions from anger to concern for the people left behind. It is critical that we provide mental health access and support to service members, those in the foreign service and their families, and their Afghan co-workers and their families who were evacuated. The many refugees and U.S. asylum seekers are at higher risk of developing mental disorders such as depression or posttraumatic stress disorder. APA and its members stand ready to support those impacted in the weeks and months ahead...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Aug 25, 2021

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Washington, D.C., August 24, 2021 — Rawle Andrews, Jr., Esq., has been named executive director of the American Psychiatric Association Foundation (APAF) effective September 27, 2021. Andrews comes to APAF from AARP, where he served for 15 years, most recently as vice president and a member of the national leadership team overseeing the organization’s field operations in the seven largest and most diverse states in the country, including the states of California, Florida, New York and Texas.

The APAF is the charitable foundation of the American Psychiatric Association. As executive director, Andrews will oversee its efforts to raise awareness about mental health, overcome barriers to access, invest in the future leaders of psychiatry,...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Aug 24, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 12, 2021 – The August issues of two of the American Psychiatric Association journals, The American Journal of Psychiatry and Psychiatric Services, are available online.

The American Journal of Psychiatry is the most widely read psychiatric journal in the world. The August issue offers a collection of articles on the use of neuroimaging and machine learning, highlighting both the potential to advance understanding and practice in psychiatry and limitations. Among the research featured in the August issue of The American Journal of Psychiatry:

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Aug 12, 2021

Washington, D.C., August 11, 2021 — SMI Adviser, a Clinical Support System for Serious Mental Illness administered by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), won three Gold Awards in the 2021 dotCOMM Awards. SMI Adviser’s mission is to advance the use of a person-centered approach to care that ensures people who have serious mental illness (SMI) find the treatment and support they need.

SMI Adviser won GOLD Awards for its My Mental Health Crisis Plan app, which allows individuals who have serious mental illness to create a plan that guides their treatment during a mental health crisis; its Third National Conference on Advancing Early...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Aug 11, 2021

Washington, D.C., August 5, 2021 — Many employees are once again facing significant change and uncertainty as they consider returning to the workplace after more than a year. The Center for Workplace Mental Health, a program of the American Psychiatric Association Foundation, has developed a new resource to help employers understand employees’ stresses and concerns and provide the best support possible to those returning to the workplace.

“Everyone’s situation and experience will be different, but for those of us who spent the last 16 months at home, we’re not just going back to ‘normal,’” said APA President Vivian Pender, M.D. “We’ll all be dealing with new logistical and emotional challenges, and different people will have different burdens.”

Returning employees...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Aug 5, 2021



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