WHAT'S NEW AT APA
APA released a new public opinion poll showing a surge in anxiety among the American people compared to previous years. The poll identified several sources of anxiety, including safety, COVID-19, health, gun violence and the presidential election. You can read more about the poll, including key findings here.
More polling data released by the APA found that more than two-thirds of Americans reported being somewhat or extremely anxious about the impact of climate change on the planet, while over half are concerned about its impact on their own mental health. You can read more about Americans’ perception of the impact of climate change here.
APA and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) released a joint statement expressing concern over reports that the parents of 545 migrant children separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border could not be found. Both APA and AACAP have spoken against the practice of family separation, which can cause significant trauma and lasting negative mental health effects to children. You can read the full statement here.
Key Dates and Observances
APA Communications staff maintains a calendar of key dates, observances and events at APA and in the world of mental health in general. The calendar is kept up to date a few months in advance. You can view the calendar and keep track of important mental health dates and observances here.
Course of the Month –
November Course of the Month – Advances in Understanding and Treatment of Treatment-Resistant Depression
Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a primary cause of disability in the U.S. and worldwide. Current, commonly utilized treatments are not effective in a substantial group of individuals who may be described as suffering from treatment-resistant depression (TRD). As a group, these individuals tend to suffer a chronic, more severe course of illness, utilize the majority of health care resources devoted to the treatment of depression, and are at elevated risk for suicide. This course will explore and describe critical current topics in the understanding and treatment of TRD.
APA Develops Model Telemedicine Language for States
The federal government, all 50 states, and the District of Columbia have taken action to strengthen insurance coverage of telemedicine since the beginning of the COVID-19 public health emergency. With states reopening, there have been concerns that some of these positive changes, such as payment parity with in-person visits, might be revoked. In response, APA created model telemedicine language for states.
College Mental Health, Telepsychiatry: Best Practices, Policy Considerations & COVID-19
As a result of COVID-19, college students have been abruptly displaced from their campuses, leaving many to rely on telehealth to continue seeing their on-campus mental health provider. While numerous state and federal regulations have been introduced to increase access to telehealth services during the pandemic, challenges to continuity of care remain unique to college students. Learn more in this new resource developed by APA’s Committee on Telepsychiatry and APA's College Mental Health Caucus.