APA’s New York County District Branch last year began the One for All campaign, asking each member to donate a sum equivalent to one patient hour for a designated charity.
The district branch then donates the funds collected to an organization making an important contribution to the mental health of the New York community.
The first recipient was the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). Based in New York City, GLSEN works nationally to promote safe schools for students regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
“I have become attuned to news coverage about bullying and have been struck by just how much the issue, and even GLSEN, has been capturing the public’s attention,” said district branch President Craig Katz, M.D., handing over a check for $5,400 in April to Robert McGarry, director of training and curriculum development for GLSEN.
Psychiatrists are trained to help people in the darkest, most suicidal moments of their lives, said Katz. “One for All reflects how we can step out of our usual ways of helping to be there for people well before they become suicidal or develop mental illness.”
The One for All campaign will continue on an annual basis, said Katz.
More information about the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network is posted at