About Us

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Now in our 25th year, 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 for all.

Our mission is to: 

•             Raise awareness and overcome barriers

•             Invest in the future leaders of psychiatry

•             Support research and training to improve mental health care

•             Lead partnerships to address public challenges in mental health


Our 2016 Annual Report - available for download

The information posted on the American Psychiatric Association Foundation webpage, Facebook page, and 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.