Congressional briefing explores men’s mental health

APA member promotes behavioral health.

Wizdom Powell, PhD, MPH, MS, represented APA at a Jan. 30 briefing on mental health among males across the lifespanWizdom Powell, PhD, MPH, MS, represented APA at a Jan. 30 briefing on mental health among males across the lifespan. Sponsored by the Men's Health Network, in collaboration with the Congressional Men’s Health Caucus, panelists examined causes and solutions for anxiety, depression and suicide, and considered whether common behavioral conditions are gateways to opioid and drug abuse. Powell outlined policy and community-level recommendations including expanding programs that can assist boys and men who are re-entering communities from prison or jails, expanding behavioral health care access and coverage for boys and men, and providing training to psychologists and other healthcare providers working with racial and ethnic and sexual minority males. Powell is director of the Health Disparities Institute and associate professor of Psychiatry at UConn Health and chair of the APA Working Group on Health Disparities in Boys and Men.