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Mentally Healthy Nation Podcast

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Mentally Healthy Nation is the voice of the American Psychiatric Association Foundation. Join us for candid conversations that will focus on educating the public and providing tangible solutions to our mental health crisis. Each episode will focus on an aspect of mental health that impacts your community, where you live, learn, work, and worship.



  • Supporting School Staff's Mental Health

    November 10, 2021

    As schools continue to think about how they can positively impact the mental health of their students, they should also consider the mental health of the staff supporting those students. In this episode, our host and Program Director of School and Justice Initiatives, Christopher Chun-Seeley, M.S.W., sits down with the Director of the APAF’s Center for Workplace Mental Health, Darcy Gruttadaro, J.D. The two discuss how school leaders can better support staff’s mental health and well-being and how staff can recognize when their colleagues might need support.

  • Mentally Healthy Schools During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    October 12, 2021

    Attending school during the COVID-19 pandemic presents more than a few challenges for school staff, students, and parents. On today’s episode, we present the recording of a virtual town hall hosted by the APA Foundation with psychiatrists Dr. Gabrielle Shapiro, Dr. Louis Kraus, Dr. Anish Dube, Dr. Hector Colon-Rivera, and Dr. Lisa Harding. Tune in to listen as these experts discuss what to consider when choosing to return to the classroom during this time, how to keep both students and staff safe and mentally healthy, how to notice changes in behavior that might indicate a need for support, and how communities can address barriers preventing youth from receiving mental health care. View more resources below:

  • The Fight to Remove Homosexuality From the DSM

    October 11, 2021

    In this episode, we bring you the recording of a virtual panel discussion about the documentary "CURED". "CURED" highlights a pivotal moment in the APA's history, and the fight for LGBTQ equality, when activists and psychiatrists challenged the DSM classification of homosexuality as a mental disorder. Listen as writer, journalist, and recipient of the APA's 2021 Patient Advocacy Award Jacki Lyden; the film's co-director, Patrick Sammon; CEO and Medical Director of the APA, Dr. Saul Levin; medical journalist and psychiatry fellow at Stanford University School of Medicine, Dr. Jack Turban; and one of our podcast hosts, Archivist and Librarian at the APA Foundation, Deena Gorland talk about the making of the documentary, how history is on the brink of repeating itself with the transgender community, and the direction psychiatry is going in. Watch the award-winning documentary on PBS airing on October 11, 2021, National Coming Out Day, and showing throughout October.

  • Trauma’s Impact and What Communities Can Do

    September 10, 2021

    Trauma happens to everyone. When this trauma goes unnoticed and support is not provided, unfortunately, our youth end up in the juvenile justice system, paving a path to the adult system. But this does not have to be the way we operate. We must look to create communities that are trauma-informed. So instead of diverting people away from the criminal justice system, we are diverting them from trauma altogether. Today we bring to you a candid conversation between a psychiatrist, Dr. Anish Dube, and a judge, Theresa Dellick, on how trauma impacts our community and what can be done about it.


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