Washington, DC - The American Psychological Association will engage a variety of audiences during Mental Health Awareness Month in May with the following activities:

Thursday, May 5: APA Hosts Discussion Focusing on Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

APA Capitol View Conference Center, 750 First St., N.E., Washington, D.C., 6 p.m. (EDT)

APA's Office on Children, Youth and Families will host a discussion and viewing of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day webcast. Families, service providers from community-based organizations focused on children’s mental health and other members of the public will discuss the barriers families encounter accessing children’s mental health care and ways to overcome those barriers. RSVP via email. 

Friday, May 13: “Speaking of Psychology” Podcast – Surviving a relationship with a narcissist 

Narcissists can be found in our offices, politics or even in our own homes. Narcissism is a psychological disorder but it can be hard to know exactly how to recognize it and build a relationship with a narcissist. In this episode, psychologist and author Ramani Durvasula, PhD, talks about how social media is shining a light on narcissism and offers insight and research into how to survive a relationship with someone who suffers from the disorder.

May 16-22: Older Adult Mental Health Week

APA’s Office on Aging will work with the National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging to bring attention to the mental health needs of older adults. Useful resources for providers and the public include: What Mental Health Providers Should Know About Working with Older Adults, APA Family Caregivers Briefcase and blog posts on aging issues. May is also Older Americans Month.  

Tuesday, May 17: International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia 

Focusing on mental health and well-being, APA’s Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Concerns will recognize International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia with social media posts highlighting its various resources on issues related to the mental health of LGBT communities.

Tuesday, May 24: Congressional Briefing on Psychology’s Role in Eliminating Health Disparities Among Boys and Men

Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-369, 12-2 p.m. (EDT)

Boys and men in lower socioeconomic and ethnic/minority communities have some of the worst health outcomes in the country. Psychology can help in addressing these health disparities and the needs of underrepresented boys and men. This briefing will focus on key findings of the APA Working Group on Health Disparities in Boys and Men, including incidences of violence, trauma and substance use. Participants will also discuss public policy recommendations, including legislation and research.

The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA's membership includes more than 117,500 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.