About Us

The American Psychiatric Association Foundation (formerly known as the American Psychiatric Foundation (APF)) complements the professionalism of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) by focusing on, and playing leadership roles in, the nation’s most pressing social mental health issues across our society.

As a 501(c)3 charitable organization, the Foundation administers programs – ranging from meeting the chronically unmet needs of minority populations to conducting innovative research that contributes to the scientific base of psychiatric practice, to increasing public awareness and removing barriers to mental health care – that change lives. When combined, the programs and initiatives of the Foundation are building a mentally healthy nation.

Our mission is: Advancing mental health, overcoming mental illness, and eliminating stigma.

In many ways, public education is at the leading edge of the Foundation. Our programs are evidence-based, informed by our research findings, and at work in communities across the country. Research shows that mental health treatments help patients overcome the pain and devastation of mental illness and lead healthy, productive lives, but they can’t do so without critical access to services. Through our educational initiatives, Americans are increasingly seeing improved access to care. In complementary fashion, the research of the Foundation is bridging the gap between the science base and the clinical practice of psychiatry furthering the field, while also drawing young psychiatrists to research careers through educational opportunities.

As the philanthropic and educational arm of the APA, we combine the knowledge and credibility of the world's largest psychiatric organization with our patient and family-centered mission. Our affiliation with the APA gives us direct access to the most credible and up-to-date information on mental illness.

The information posted on the American Psychiatric Foundation webpage/Facebook page/Twitter account is not intended as, and is not, a substitute for professional medical advice. All decisions about clinical care should be made in consultation with your treating physician.

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