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New AAMC, APA Collaboration Expands Mental Health Educational Resources

In response to a call from the Obama administration to further the national dialogue on mental health, the AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) and the American Psychological Association (APA) today announced a collaboration to expand a free, online collection of mental health educational resources to equip health care professionals and medical students with the knowledge they need to improve mental health screenings and early identification of mental health concerns. This announcement was made the same day both organizations joined President Obama and Vice President Biden—along with mental health advocates, health care providers, faith leaders, government officials, educators, and individuals who have experienced mental health problems—for the National Conference on Mental Health that convened at the White House.
Together, the AAMC and APA are calling for resources and tools to help educate current health care providers and individuals teaching tomorrow’s doctors and other health professionals about the importance of delivering mental health care as part of comprehensive health care. The materials will be available as part of the mental health section of the AAMC’s MedEdPORTAL® iCollaborative, a publicly available and free online resource.

“We must focus on reducing the stigma of mental disorders, identifying early warning signs, and beginning prompt treatment. As we train the next generation of physicians to conduct mental health screenings and refer patients to trained providers for treatment—as part of routine health care delivery—expanding access to the necessary resources and educational tools will be a critical component,” said Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., AAMC president and CEO. “We are honored to join the president and vice president in today’s important discussion, and will continue this work with our colleagues at the American Psychological Association and other leaders in the mental health community.”

“We are very pleased to be partnering with the Association of American Medical Colleges on this project,” said Norman B. Anderson, Ph.D., CEO of the American Psychological Association. “Education about mental health issues to reduce the stigma that results in barriers to care is essential for all health professionals. The expanded iCollaborative collection takes advantage of the psychology community’s vast scholarship in this area, as well as the latest digital technology.  I expect it to be a key resource for medical educators, students, and health care professionals alike.”

The AAMC’s iCollaborative collection currently includes materials on mental health such as:

For more information on the mental health resources available through the iCollaborative, visit www.aamc.org/mentalhealth.

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