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WASHINGTON, D.C., June 4, 2020 – As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and community services and health systems are increasingly strained, the American Psychiatric Association Foundation (APAF) announced that its recently launched COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund will support two efforts to help health care workers: CopeNYP and Frontline Foods. The Foundation is the philanthropic and educational arm of the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

The APAF will match donations up to a total of $25,000 for this effort. To give, visit the Foundation’s Disaster Relief Donation Page: https://apafdn.org/covidrelief

“These efforts will help address the essential needs and mental health care of our health care workers on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Saul Levin, M.D., M.P....

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jun 4, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a joint statement, emergency medicine and other leading medical associations, academics and psychiatry experts outline steps to support the mental health of emergency physicians and other health professionals currently risking their lives to treat patients during this pandemic.

As important as providing personal protective equipment is the need to ensure the mental health of our frontline clinicians is attended to during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said American Psychiatric Association (APA) President Jeffrey Geller, M.D., M.P.H. “Each health care professional should seek help if needed without hesitation, and should be helped to do so by a colleague if such...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jun 2, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 1, 2020 – The American Psychiatric Association (APA) today issued the following statements in response to demonstrations across the nation in response to police brutality and the institutional racism that is being brought to the forefront.

“The unrest playing out in cities across America is a reaction to the racism that has scarred this country for centuries and never been properly addressed,” said APA President Jeffrey Geller, M.D., M.P.H. “The demonstrations are a result of racism against Black people that has gone unchecked—and at times has been fostered by leaders of this country. APA will not stand for racism against Black Americans.

“The horrific death of George Floyd has affected the mental well-being of everyone who has witnessed this senseless tragedy. When Americans are already...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Jun 1, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 29, 2020 – The American Psychiatric Association (APA) today issued the following statements in response to the death this week of an unarmed Black man in police custody in Minneapolis and the resulting civil unrest.

“The APA condemns all acts of police brutality,” said APA President Jeffrey Geller, M.D., M.P.H. “These acts have a harmful impact on the mental well-being of all Americans, especially the Black community, exacerbating stress, anxiety, and other mental health disorders. We call upon authorities in Minneapolis and throughout the United States, especially during this time of increased tension in our country due to the COVID-19 pandemic, to work harmoniously with community leaders to stop tragedies like this one from happening again and to calm the civil unrest that is raging in pockets of the U...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: May 29, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C., MAY 14, 2020 - Today, America’s frontline physicians, representing more than 600,000 physicians and medical students, are speaking out to protect our fellow physicians who provide crucial health care services that we cannot afford to be without during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our members care for our nation’s children, pregnant women, adults, and elderly, covering a full range of physical, mental, and behavioral health conditions. We appreciate the vital role that International Medical Graduate physicians (IMGs) hold for our patients and our health care workforce. We call on the Administration and Congress to take immediate action to ensure that IMGs practicing in the U.S. and those seeking to begin residency training this summer are able to serve their communities and meet the nation’s health care workforce...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: May 14, 2020

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