Mental Health Awareness Month resources for psychologists and patients
In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month in May, the APA Practice Directorate is highlighting a range of resources for psychologists to use in work with patients, clients and community-based outreach.
Congress designated May as Mental Health Awareness Month in 1949 to recognize the importance of mental health issues to the overall health and well-being of American citizens. Each year, APA and the APA Practice Directorate coordinate a range of efforts to promote mental health, overcome stigma and encourage the public to seek out professional mental health services when needed.
- APA has developed a number of free resources, including a consumer guide and an informative video to educate the public about their mental health coverage under the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008.
- APA released Getting a good night’s sleep: How psychologists help with insomnia, the latest in a series of fact sheets on how psychologists can help patients manage a range of chronic health conditions. APA members can download and distribute these fact sheets for use with clients or outreach activities.
- As part of a new partnership between APA and the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA), materials were created to provide families with resources and tips on emotional and behavioral health issues. Resources include a webinar on “How to Tell If Your Kid Is Struggling Emotionally” and a tip sheet, “Talking With Kids When They Need Help.”
The materials are available on the Psychology Help Center to APA members and state psychological associations for distribution to patients and others in your community.