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WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 2, 2020 – The American Psychiatric Association (APA) acknowledges the raw emotions that are circulating as the nation approaches Election Day and, as psychiatrists, we are deeply concerned about the potential for violence in our communities regardless of who wins.

As leaders in mental health, we offer our guidance on how this nation can come together and heal after the election. The nation is under the stress of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the impact of racial injustice and a contentious election. We urge our fellow citizens to remain calm and reject violence in favor of constructive dialogue both during the election and afterward.

We also call upon leaders from both parties to condemn the use of violence and unrest resulting from the election and we urge them to speak out before violence...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Nov 2, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 28, 2020 – The American Psychiatric Association (APA) today issued the following statement in response to the police shooting death this week of Walter Wallace Jr., a 27-year-old Black male who had mental illness and needed crisis intervention.

“We extend our condolences to the family of Walter Wallace Jr.,” said APA President Jeffrey Geller, M.D., M.P.H. “His death is yet another tragic reminder that our nation’s police are ill-equipped to respond to people in crisis. The deadly response to people with mental illness happens far too often. We need to rapidly expand our crisis intervention capacities with teams led by mental health professionals to respond to people in a mental health crisis. These people need treatment, and as a society we must provide it to them.

“The APA condemns all acts of...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Oct 28, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 22, 2020 – The American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry today issued the following statement in response to media reports that the parents of 545 migrant children separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border can no longer be found.

We are appalled by the reports, based on legal filings, that authorities are unable to find the parents of 545 children who were separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border under this administration’s punitive “Zero-Tolerance” policy.

The APA and AACAP have long spoken out against the harmful practice of separating children from their parents. It is well-documented in psychiatric literature that even brief family separations can cause significant and often irreparable harm to children,...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Oct 22, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 21, 2020 – More than two-thirds of Americans (67%) are somewhat or extremely anxious about the impact of climate change on the planet, and more than half (51%) are somewhat or extremely anxious about the impact of climate change on their own mental health, according to a new poll out today from the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

The year 2020 saw devastating fires throughout the western U.S. as well as an intense tropical storm season impacting the U.S. East Coast and the Gulf Coast. Scientists widely agree that climate change is playing an increasing role in the severity of natural disasters. The percentage of Americans who agree climate change is probably or definitely affecting mental health...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Oct 21, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 21, 2020 – According to a new public opinion poll released today by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), 62% of Americans feel more anxious than they did at this time last year. That marks a sizable increase over APA polls of the past three years, in which the number has ranged between 32% and 39%.

When asked what made them extremely or somewhat anxious, Americans said the top issues were: keeping themselves and their family safe (80%), COVID-19 (75%), their health (73%), gun violence (73%) and the upcoming presidential election (72%).

“It’s not surprising that more Americans are anxious, given the circumstances we all find ourselves in this year,” said APA President Jeffrey Geller, M.D., M....

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Oct 21, 2020

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