Raising awareness of mind-body connection and mental health issues through public education

Videos, fact sheets and other tools highlight psychologists' role in promoting healthy lifestyles and behavioral change.

APA’s Practice Directorate continued its work to emphasize the central role that psychologists play at the intersection of psychological and physical health through a variety of outreach initiatives.

The directorate’s Mind/Body Health public education campaign promotes psychologists as the best-trained health care providers to support healthy lifestyles and behavioral change. The initiative features an annual Stress in America survey that provides a snapshot of causes of and coping with stress, and the effects on health, relationships and more. Findings from this year’s survey exposed a gap between what Americans want from their health care system and what they actually get. The report gained considerable media coverage, including an interview of APA CEO Norman B. Anderson, PhD, by USA Today, as well as coverage on CNN, NBC Nightly News and other media outlets throughout the United States. 

In 2013, the directorate also added new fact sheets for psychologists and the public on controlling diabetes and managing weight to APA’s Psychology Help Center.

APA and other nonprofit organizations were invited by the White House in June for a conversation about violence prevention and mental health. As part of this National Dialogue on Mental Health, APA partnered with the YMCA of the USA to develop educational tools and resources that will help Y staff identify signs of depression and other mental health problems in young people and refer them to appropriate resources. The initiative began with a webinar to help Y staff determine when a child is struggling emotionally, raising awareness about mental health among the 18,000 full-time Y staff and 49,000 summer employees who serve approximately 9 million children a year. 

The Practice Directorate’s psychotherapy awareness initiative, launched in September 2012, includes a series of videos and supporting online educational resources about psychotherapy as a treatment option for depression, anxiety and stress. Watch the newest video, “Psychotherapy: Friends Helping Friends:”