APA Foundation June Newsletter

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APA Foundation June Newsletter

APAF Updates | Newsletter

The month of May, Mental Health Month, was a whirlwind for the APA Foundation, full of travel, collaborations, milestones, and achievements. We are already onto new projects and taking big steps forward with our programs, but we wanted to take a moment to share the highlights of our Mental Health Month and some news of what is to come in the second half of 2018.

Broadway Lights: APAF 2018 Annual Benefit
Our 2018 APA Foundation Annual Benefit took place in New York City this year, attracting our biggest crowd yet to the Broadway Lounge terrace overlooking Times Square. The evening was a joyous event where we were able to connect with friends, members, colleagues, and donors, and celebrate another successful year. We were proud to present the Awards for Advancing Minority Mental Health Awards at the Benefit, honoring the work 6 leading individuals and organizations that are breaking down barriers in mental health for underserved communities (read about their work here). The evening was such a success that we extended the party for an extra hour! Thank You to all that attended! If you were not able to attend, we hope you join us in 2019 in San Francisco, where we’ll celebrate APA’s 175th Anniversary!

New York, New York: The 2018 APA Annual Meeting
The Benefit is our biggest annual event, held each year as part of the APA Annual Meeting, but it’s not the only work we do there. For the Foundation, the APA Annual Meeting is an opportunity to get in touch with members, friends, and donors we don’t often get to meet and update them on our programs, fellowships, grants, and fundraising activities. We set up booths at various locations throughout the meeting and staff are on-site to answer questions, provide resources and take donations. This year, we were able to reach new donors, old friends and expand our network of potential partnerships. 
Midtown Manhattan was unfortunately not the ideal site to host our 4th Annual Fun Run, so we modified the format and held a Fun Fitness Class instead. A big Thank You to everyone that woke up early on Tuesday to attend! We’ll be back to the usual Fun Run next year in San Francisco!

Depression Calculator 
The Center for Workplace Mental Health just launched its new Depression Calculator. This practical tool allows employers to determine how depression impacts their bottom line. In addition to reducing costs, the calculator helps employers effectively address depression with research-based solutions.  
Using the calculator is easy! Employers simply enter demographic information on number of employees, geographical location, and industry type. Based on the latest research and data, employers will receive information on depression in their workplace and a full report with steps on what to do. To find out more about the Depression Calculator and all the Center for Workplace Mental Health’s resources for employers, contact Associate Director Ewuria Darley at edarley@psych.org 

Stepping Up Uses Mental Health Month to Launch Phase Three
The Stepping Up Initiative had an impactful month of events as they kicked off Phase Three of the Initiative with the focus on collecting accurate data. Stepping Up Day of Action on May 16th saw counties across the country engaging in local efforts to bring awareness to the over incarceration of individuals with Serious Mental Illnesses. Please visit the hashtag #StepUp4MentalHealth on social media platforms to check out what counties across the country were doing to bring awareness to this crucial topic. 
There was also a large gathering of county leaders at the National Association of Counties Western Regional Conference, where our Executive Director, Dan Gillison, Jr., got to learn about what counties are doing to collect accurate data, how they are sharing that data across systems, and how they are using that data to come up with solutions. 
On June 14th, there was a convening of Mental Health State Directors, Judges, County Commissioners, Federal Partners, Mental Health Professionals, and State Representatives hosted by the Council of State Governments Justice Center to discuss ways in which states can support county efforts to reduce the prevalence of behavioral health conditions in jails. This was a great meeting and the APA Foundation is looking forward to action items that will be coming out of this convening. 
If you would like to know more information about our justice initiatives like Stepping Up, please contact the Program Director for School and Justice Initiatives, Christopher Seeley at cseeley@psych.org.  

SAMHSA National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day 
APA Foundation partnered with SAMHSA for National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day on May 10, 2018. The Awareness Day 2018 national event in Washington, DC, featured an interactive town hall discussion on strategies for making child-serving systems more trauma-informed. The discussion included governors’ spouses, senior federal officials, and youth and family leaders as well as executives from the nation’s leading organizations for professionals in the fields of primary care, behavioral health, and child welfare. The in-person and live webcast audience members had the opportunity to join the conversation by asking questions of the speakers. More than 1,100 communities and 170 national collaborating organizations and federal programs plan local Awareness Day activities and events around the country.

We have a busy summer ahead with program developments, partnerships, and new projects in the works! Stop back next month for more news on how we’re building a mentally healthy nation for all!

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