International Affairs

"Whether it is recognized or not, all psychiatrists are internationalists, and the field of psychiatry is international."                                                     - Melvin Sabshin, M.D., APA Medical Director, 1974-1997

The APA has a long tradition of collaborating with international psychiatrists both in the United States and abroad. Relationships are maintained and fostered with organizations focused on the needs of patients and psychiatrists through research and education.  


Spotlight: Monitoring International Crises
The APA is monitoring ongoing and evolving crises and corresponding relief efforts around the world through government agencies, humanitarian organizations, and media sources. Information for each area and opportunities for member involvement are provided below. Members with additional resources or developments to share with colleagues are encouraged to forward them to

Syria (factmap), Central African Republic (fact, map), South Sudan (fact, map), Philippines (fact, map)

More information on relief efforts and opportunities can be found through OCHA (Syria, CAR, South Sudan, Philippines), International Relief and Development and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (Syria, CAR, South Sudan, Philippines). 




Psychiatric News:

"Organizations Aid Syrian Refugees, But More Help Needed" 03.14
"E-Mental Health Applications Gaining Clinical Traction" 02.14
"Integrated Care Goes Global in Depression Screening Project" 02.14
"U.K. Mental Health Initiative Makes Substantial Research Grants" 01.14
"APA Responds to Academic Boycott of Israel" 01.14
"Global Genome Initiative Finding Roots of Mental Illness" 11.13
"APA Gives More Prominence to International Psychiatry" 11.13
"WHO Plan Guides Nations on Improving Mental Health Care" 7.13
"U.S. Residents Get Time on International Psychiatry Stage" 6.13
"Psychiatrist on Mission to Help Mentally Ill in Poor Countries" 6.13
"New Law to Transform Mental Health Services for China" 5.13
"U.N. Conversion Therapies In Spotlight as Human Rights Issue" 4.13
"United Nations Benefits From Psychiatrist's Expertise" 3.13                                    
"Global Initiative on Psychiatry" 2.13
"Don't Let Borders Limit Your Perspective" 1.13