Awards for Advancing Minority Mental Health

The American Psychiatric Association Foundation Awards for Advancing Minority Mental Health, formerly known as the Minority Mental Health Awards, were established in 2003 by the Foundation with the support of Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. (OAPI). The awards recognize psychiatrists, health professionals, mental health programs and community organizations that have undertaken innovative and supportive efforts to:

  • Raise awareness of mental illness in underserved minority communities, the need for early recognition, the availability of treatment and how to access it, and the cultural barriers to treatment.
  • Increase access to quality mental health services for underserved minority communities.
  • Improve the quality of care for underserved minority populations, particularly those in the public health system or with severe mental illness.

Awards in the amount of $5,000 are given each year.

2017 Advancing Minority Mental Health Awards
The winners of 2017’s Awards for Advancing Minority Mental Health were honored at the American Psychiatric Association Foundation’s benefit on Saturday evening. From left are Eli Perez of Otsuka; award winner Farha Abbasi, M.D.; Daniel H. Gillison Jr., executive director of the APA Foundation; award winners David Bond, on behalf of the Trevor Project, Susan Peterson, and Lianne Smith, M.D.; and Mary Chi Michael of Otsuka. Otsuka supported the awards. 


View a historical listing of all past recipients.


Applications must be received by our office by January 19, 2018.

Recipients will be notified in March 2018. The awards will be presented in New York City during the APA's Annual Meeting.


Health and mental health professionals, mental health programs and organizations, and others which have addressed minority mental health as outlined above. Psychiatrists and other health professionals must be licensed and/or accredited in the state in which you/they practice. Past award recipients are ineligible, unless applying for recognition of a new initiative, achievement, or program. Mental health programs and organizations must have been in operation for at least two years before the application deadline (this includes new initiatives for past recipients).

To apply:

Please read the Awards for Advancing Minority Mental Health application, which contains eligibility requirements as well as instructions for applying.

Send your application packet to APA Foundation, Attn: Lilia Coffin, 1000 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1825, Arlington, VA 22209 or Please direct any questions to or 703 907 8512


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