Annually, 39 million adults will experience a mental illness and/or a substance use disorder.

The Partnership for Workplace Mental Health promotes the business case for quality mental health care, including early recognition, access to care, and effective treatment.

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People with mental illness in U.S. jails has reached crisis levels.

The APA Foundation is a leading organization in Stepping Up: A National Initiative  to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails. 

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Adults in the school community
may recognize warning signs.

More than 70,000 teachers and other school staff have been educated to recognize the warning signs of mental illness through the Typical or Troubled?® School Mental Health Education Program.

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Every penny raised by the Foundation supports research, education, training, and other initiatives to advance mental health.

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Our Annual Fund relies on you to make your mark on psychiatry through an unrestricted gift to help support our research and programs.

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The American Psychiatric Association Foundation invites submissions for The Alexander Gralnick, M.D. Award for Research in Schizophrenia. The 2016 application deadline is June 1 and the award will be presented in October.

Our Helping Hands Grant program is now accepting applications from medical schools to implement mental health and substance use disorder projects led by medical students. The deadline for the 2016-2017 school year is June 10, 2016.

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Right Direction is an educational initiative for the workplace to help decrease stigma associated with depression, which is a leading cause of lost productivity. It's available from our Partnership for Workplace Mental Health program. 

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Recent Updates

County leaders and local policymakers representing 50 jurisdictions in 37 states joined us in Washington, DC, April 17-19 to address the overrepresentation of people with mental illnesses in jails across the country.


Above, Foundation Board member Judge Steven
Leifman of Miami, FL speaks to the Stepping Up
Summit Attendees on April 18.

The 50 teams were chosen to attend the National Stepping Up Summit, a first-of-its-kind summit to help policymakers and other local stakeholders create and/or refine plans to reduce the prevalence of people with mental illnesses in their jails.

Launched in May 2015, Stepping Up: A National Initiative to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails was designed to rally local, state and national leaders around the goal of achieving a reduction in the number of people with mental illnesses in jail. To date, more than 240 counties—both urban and rural—across 41 states have passed resolutions to advance the goals of Stepping Up, representing about 30 percent of the U.S. population and more than half of the largest county jails in the country.

“People with mental illness need and deserve treatment, not incarceration. This front-line effort advances our mission to ensure that all people with mental illness have access to appropriate care.”

-Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A., Chair of the APA Foundation's Board of Directors and CEO and Medical Director of the APA

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If you, or someone you know is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress, click here for a list of resources.