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    About the APA Foundation

    There is no health without mental health.

     

    The APA Foundation creates mental health literacy, connects underserved communities to the mental health care they need, and changes behaviors and attitudes toward mental health. Through our programs and grant opportunities, we are working towards a mentally healthy nation for all where you live, learn, work, worship and play.

     

    1-in-5
    Americans diagnosed with a mental health condition

    11
    Average number of years between onset of symptoms and diagnosis

    90%
    of people who die by suicide have a preexisting mental health condition

    41%
    Americans suffering from an untreated mental health condition in 2023

    Our Mission

    To promote the mental health and well-being of individuals and communities.

    Our Vision

    A mentally healthy nation for all - where we live, learn, work, worship, and play.

    Program Areas


    Schools

    Notice. Talk. Act.® at School supports youth mental health by training school staff to notice early warning signs, talk about mental health, and act by connecting students to resources.

    Justice

    Our Justice programs build bridges between judges and psychiatrists to address the overrepresentation of individuals with mental illness in the justice system.

    Workplace

    The Center for Workplace Mental Health provides employers with the training, tools, resources, and information needed to promote and support the mental health of employees and their families.

    Faith

    The APAF Mental Health and Faith Community Partnership brings faith leaders and mental health professionals together to support wellness inside and outside the sanctuary.

    Play

    The Where We Play Initiative was launched due to the exponential need for mental health awareness around the pressure associated with performing on the field or stage at the highest level.

    Fellowships

    Through experiential learning, mentorship, and professional development, the APA Foundation Resident Fellowship Program produces psychiatrists uniquely positioned to be leaders in the field.

    The Melvin Sabshin, M.D. Library & Archives

    The APA Foundation is home to the permanent historical collection of the American Psychiatric Association. APAF's library and archives holds an array of historically significant assets dating back to the 15th century, detailing the history of the profession of psychiatry, the creation and advancement of the APA, and the key figures that have shaped the field.

    Visit our Current Exhibit »

    cover of the 2023 APA Foundation Impact Report

    Our 2023 Impact Report

    In 2023, APAF launched a first-of-its-kind public education and awareness campaign and throughout the year we made increasing impact across our programs and initiatives that show the same results: Mental Health Care Works. Learn more about the APA Foundation's 2023 impact.

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