By Paul SullivanAssociated PressNew York (AP)The American Psychiatric Association is stepping up efforts to combat stigma around mental illness, but there’s also a push for a new mental health policy.
The organization’s chief executive, America’s Psychiatrists, said Tuesday that the organization is looking for ideas on how to better communicate the complex issues faced by the mentally ill and will hold a meeting this week to discuss the topic.
The American Psychological Association’s annual meeting starts Wednesday.
It’s the largest gathering of psychologists in the world.
It draws about 100,000 psychologists and medical students from around the country to New York City.
It begins at 10 a.m.
(12 p.m., 15:00 GMT) and lasts for two hours.
“As we continue to move in the right direction in mental health, there is so much more that can be done,” said Dr. David Dweck, chairman of the American Psychological Associations Commission on the Future of Mental Health.
“It is a time to look at how we can be more effective, more responsive, and that means talking to the people who need help, as well as the patients who need care.”
Dweck said the commission will consider ideas from the public and private sectors about how to strengthen mental health and mental health systems.
He added that the association is seeking ideas for new and expanded services that address stigma and how to ensure patients and their loved ones have access to the services they need.
He said the association would also seek feedback from psychiatrists, health care professionals, researchers and others about the needs of the mentally and their interactions with the general public.
“Our work is to support the mental health of the people we serve and to ensure that our society can move forward in a way that reflects the best of humanity,” Dweick said.
He urged Americans to make sure they are well informed about the mental illnesses and the mental disorders that are a leading cause of disability.
The DSM-5, the major revision of the mental illness classification system, was released in March.
It replaced the diagnostic criteria of the previous editions of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the diagnostic bible for the general population.
The DSM-IV, the most recent edition of the manual, is due to be released in October.