April 25, 2013

American Psychological Association Marks Mental Health Awareness Month with Focus on Children and Minorities

WASHINGTON—The American Psychological Association will spotlight a range of issues, including traumatic stress and suicide in youth in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month in May. Activities include: 

Tuesday, May 7: National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Legislative Briefing, Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-338, 9 a.m.-10 a.m.

This congressional briefing will feature Anthony P. Mannarino, PhD, APA member and director of the Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents, and other national mental health experts speaking on how traumatic events affect a child’s development, how to better coordinate care and services and what treatment options exist for mentally ill children through the public health system.

As a national supporter of SAMHSA’s National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, APA will use Twitter to send messages throughout the day related to children’s mental health using #HeroesofHope.

**For more information on National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day events, please contact SAMHSA's press office** 

Thursday, May 9: Great Expectations: Exploring Family Dynamics and Stress among Asian and Asian-American Populations, AARP Building, 601 E St., NW, Washington, DC, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

APA’s Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs (OEMA) is sponsoring a community forum through its Ethnicity and Health in America Series (EHAS) to raise public awareness of stress as it relates to family expectations and demands among America’s Asian and Asian-American populations. The forum will be hosted in partnership with Washington, D.C.’s Mayor’s Office on Asian American/Pacific Islander Affairs and the Montgomery County Asian American and Pacific Islander Health Initiative. Please check OEMA’s EHAS webpage for details concerning the forum.


  • Charissa Cheah, PhD, associate professor of psychology, University of Maryland-Baltimore County 

  • Matthew Miller, PhD, assistant professor of counseling psychology, University of Maryland-College Park 

  • Myron Dean Quon, national director, National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse 

  • Derek Iwamoto, PhD, research assistant professor of psychology, University of Maryland-College Park 

Wednesday, May 15: Speak Up for Kids Webcast, 9 a.m.-10 a.m.

APA President-Elect Nadine Kaslow, PhD, will host a webcast on suicide prevention in youth as part of Speak Up for Kids, a national month long online campaign coordinated by the Child Mind Institute.

Wednesday, May 15: Mental Health Blog Day 

Psychologists writing for APA’s public education blog, Your Mind, Your Body, invite people to share their stories related to mental health and emotional wellness. Writers are encouraged to blog about mental health-related topics and to display the Mental Health Month Blog Day badge. More information is available on the blog day page.

Wednesday, May 22: Parenting Anxieties and Mental Health Facebook Chat, 2 p.m.-3 p.m.

Psychologist Lynn Bufka, PhD, APA’s assistant executive director for practice research and policy, will answer questions from the public about how to handle the worries and stress that come with raising babies and young children. Join Bufka on APA’s Facebook page to post questions and comments.

The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States and is the world's largest association of psychologists. APA's membership includes more than 134,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people's lives.