In any given year, fewer than one-third of adults who have a diagnosable mental health disorder seek treatment. The reasons for not seeking treatment are varied, of course, but stigma, stereotypes, and a lack of knowledge about mental illnesses are certainly among the most common reasons. In fact, results of a 2007 survey found that 66% of people who thought they might have been experiencing a diagnosable mental disorder thought that the problem would just go away on its own.
Beliefs like this one are why the American Psychiatric Association Foundation uses public education programs as one of the ways it achieves its mission. These programs seek to educate Americans that mental illnesses are real, and effective treatment options exist.
Some of our public education programs are:
Typical or Troubled?® School Mental Health Education Program
Partnership for Workplace Mental Health
Diversity and Health Equity on Tour
Psychiatric Leadership Group
Mental Health and Faith Community Partnership
You can support all of these programs by making an online tax-deductible donation and designating it to our Public Education and Outreach Fund. This fund provides the financial flexibility of our programs to undertake new, unfunded projects as they arise to better achieve a mentally healthy nation.