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Each month, the PsychU Spotlight highlights the most important topics and most recent innovations in mental health. The collection includes carefully curated resources to keep our members up-to-date on the latest in mental health care.

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Stigma

Despite 1 in 5 American adults having a diagnosable mental health condition, stigma around mental health is still prevalent. Stigma can cause treatment to be delayed, improperly applied, or avoided entirely for those struggling with behavioral health issues.1,2  

Education and awareness about stigma for mental health providers and patients is needed so that treatment can be effective and timely. For more information on stigma, view the PsychU Spotlight resources listed below.

1 PsychU. (2022, March 9). Call To Action: The Need For Stigma Awareness In Healthcare Professional Education. Retrieved April 15, 2022, from https://psychu.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/US.CORP_.D.21.00061-PsychU-Stigma-Awareness.pdf

2PsychU. (2022a, February 16). Stigma In Mental Health & Substance Use Disorder. Retrieved April 15, 2022, from https://psychu.org/stigma-in-mental-health-and-substance-use-disorder/?collection_id=27536

Did You Know?

Despite burnout and depression being an issue for physicians, only 64% of physicians plan to seek help and have not sought professional care.

Reference:

PsychU. (2022c, March 14). Mental Health Awareness: A Focus On Health Care Professional Risk Of Suicide & Stigma. Retrieved April 15, 2022, from https://psychu.org/mental-health-awareness-a-focus-on-health-care-professional-risk-of-suicide-and-stigma/?collection_id=27536

Bringing awareness to stigma can cause an improvement in outcomes. A study found that adults that were exposed to a social media campaign were 11% more likely to receive treatment.

Reference:

American Psychiatric Association. (2020, August). Stigma, Prejudice and Discrimination Against People with Mental Illness. Retrieved April 15, 2022, from https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/stigma-and-discrimination

Nearly 9 out of 10 people with mental illness feel that stigma and discrimination of negatively impact their lives.

Reference:

Zoppi, L. (2020, November 10). What is mental health stigma? Medical News Today. Retrieved April 15, 2022, from https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/mental-health-stigma#effects

Annual Theme

Care in the New Normal – Innovations in Care Delivery – Integrated Care Delivery – Organization Transformation – Innovation – Digital Health – Quality of Care – Patient-Centered Care – Social Determinants of Health & More…

This year, opportunities in mental health focuses on the positive changes that can come about as mental health care continues to evolve post-pandemic. Join in the dialogue as the industry seizes new opportunities in mental health. #JoinTheConversation this year as #PsychU focuses in on Opportunities in Mental Health with our campaign Innovative. Empowered. Integrated.

Upcoming Spotlight Themes

  • May 2022 – Stigma
  • June 2022 – Social Determinants of Health, LGBTQIA+
  • July 2022 – Workplace Mental Health/Employers, Minority MH Mental Month
  • August 2022 – Metrics & Improvements In Quality Outcomes
  • September 2022 – Suicide & Stigma
  • October 2022 – Major Depressive Disorder
  • November 2022 – Patient Centered Care, Patient & Caregivers
  • December 2022 – Schizophrenia