Psychiatric Annals’ latest issue explores mental health impact of systemic racism and bias

November 9. 2020

Thorofare, NJ Psychiatric Annals, published by SLACK Incorporated, has released an important issue for November titled ‘Race and Psychiatry: A Necessary Conversation.’ Psychiatric Annals was established in 1970, and has built a reputation over the last five decades for its dedication to providing psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, and medical professionals with an interest in psychiatry with the vital information required for optimal patient care.

The articles in the November issue (available now in print and online at provide clinical insight on several topics within the broader conversation of race and psychiatry. The table of contents includes articles on the following topics:

    • A Difficult Conversation About Race, Racism, and Anti-Racism
    • Systemic Racism and Substance Use Disorders (CME)
    • Race and Psychiatry: A Necessary Conversation
    • Acting Against Racism in Departments of Psychiatry (CME)
    • Racial Disparities in Perinatal Mental Health (CME)
    • Health Disparities in Black Patients with Severe Mental Illness and the Role of Structural Racism (CME)

Andrew A. Nierenberg, MD, of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and editor of Psychiatric Annals stated: “The racial events of 2020 have emphasized that many white people, including in the psychiatric field, need to learn more about the biases and discrimination people of color face. This issue of Psychiatric Annals focuses on the experience many people of color encounter with limited access to affordable care and racial disparities experienced in treatment of substance use disorders.”

Christin Drake, MD, and Dennis M. Popeo, MD, guest editors of the issue, made this statement about combatting racism through psychiatry: “As mental health professionals, we are not only responsible for treating those whose suffering is derived from America’s racial history, but to also agitate for positive change within the mental healthcare institutions we occupy.”

Psychiatric Annals provides practitioners with physician-reviewed single-topic articles for CME credit, peer-reviewed research, and case reports, as well as physician perspective. For more information on this issue, visit CME credits can be earned from this issue at

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