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WASHINGTON, D.C., July 16, 2021 – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a report this week revealing a 30% increase in overdose deaths in 2020 compared to 2019. This constitutes the largest increase in at least 50 years and represents the deaths of more than 93,000 Americans from drug overdoses.

“This week’s CDC report is a devastating reminder that the opioid crisis continues and, as we suspected, reached tragically high levels during the pandemic,” said American Psychiatric Association (APA) President Vivian Pender, M.D. “It’s critical that policymakers continue to take action to save lives, and that families and patients know that treatment works.”

APA renews its calls for:

  • Improved access to mental health...
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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jul 16, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 8, 2021 – This Saturday, July 10, hundreds of people across the country will virtually join the American Psychiatric Association (APA)’s inaugural Moore Equity in Mental Health 5k Run, Walk, and Roll. The 5k, co-organized by the APA’s Division of Diversity and Health Equity and the APA Foundation, has raised more than $70,000 to date for the APA Foundation’s Moore Equity in Mental Health Community Grants Initiative. The initiative will provide education about the mental health needs of young people of color and support individuals and organizations that develop and provide culturally sensitive mental health services.

A highlight of the 5k Saturday will be a virtual program at noon Eastern...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jul 9, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 30, 2021 – The extreme heat that much of thethe country is experiencing has significant impacts on mental health alongside serious physical health impacts. Some groups, including people with pre-existing mental health conditions, are especially vulnerable.

Extreme heat has been associated with a range of mental health impacts in research over many years, including increases in irritability and symptoms of depression and with an increase in suicide. It can also affect behavior, contributing to increased aggression, incidence of domestic violence, and increased use of alcohol or other substances to cope with stress.

Research has also linked high temperatures to problems with memory, attention and reaction time. Sleep difficulties associated with extreme heat can contribute to and further...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jun 30, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 19, 2021 – Today the APA marks the holiday of Juneteenth, which celebrates the announcement of the emancipation of enslaved people in Galveston, TX, in 1865. APA President Vivian Pender, M.D., recorded remarks about the holiday, and APA Deputy Medical Director and Chief of Diversity and Health Equity Regina James, M.D., and CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A., offered their thoughts on the APA blog.

American Psychiatric Association
The American Psychiatric Association, founded in 1844, is the oldest medical association in...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jun 19, 2021

The American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Physicians, American Osteopathic Association, and American Psychiatric Association issue this statement:

"On the heels of today's U.S. Supreme Court ruling in California v. Texas, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) remains the law of the land and can continue to build on its tremendous progress improving access to affordable, comprehensive health care coverage for all Americans. Our organizations, representing nearly 600,000 physicians and medical students, celebrate the coverage gains and patient protections the ACA has achieved for our patients. As our country emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, the healthcare coverage provided through the ACA is as ...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jun 18, 2021



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