It is for these reasons that despite the lingering effects of stigma and inequity, I say that this is our time, and our time is within our professional lifetimes. However, it is not going to just come to us; we will have to reach out and take it. Each of us individually and collectively must fight for the rights of our patients and respect for our profession. The American Psychiatric Association has a key role to play in this process. The APA is our best weapon in the fight for respect and equality both for our patients and our profession. Therefore, I am calling on the APA to redouble its efforts in representing our profession, both inside the beltway and across the country at the grassroots level of the membership and district branches. This is the time for us to seize the moment, for mental illness to step out of the shadows, for mental health care to be made accessible and fairly reimbursed, and for psychiatry to take its rightful role in the field of medicine. In the coming year, and thereafter, the APA will forcefully participate in the health care reform debate, launch an initiative to educate the public and media about the nature of mental illness and the capability of psychiatric medicine, and more actively engage its members while enhancing the value of membership.