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Washington, D.C. – In advance of the March for Our Lives event on Saturday, March 24, in Washington, D.C., the American Psychiatric Association (APA) today released this statement:

The American Psychiatric Association commends the students and families taking part in the March for Our Lives on March 24th in Washington D.C. for their participation in political discourse. We agree with the students that separating gun violence from mental illness reduces stigma and encourages people with mental health and/or substance use disorders to seek treatment. We encourage all young people to be politically active in seeking improved access to mental health care and eliminating the unnecessary and harmful stigma surrounding these illnesses.

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Mar 19, 2018


WHAT:

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) will host a grand opening of its new headquarters in Washington, D.C., featuring a ribbon-cutting ceremony and remarks by leaders in mental health, business and government. APA's new headquarters are part of the District Wharf development, which opened in October 2017. The APA offices occupy three floors at 800 Maine Ave., SW, and include a rare books room, a member lounge for APA's more than 37,800 psychiatrists, and art installations highlighting the history of psychiatry in the United States.

WHO:

  • Muriel Bowser, Mayor, District of Columbia 
  • HyeSook Chung, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, District of...
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Author: mbourdase - Published: Mar 5, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A high school peer-to-peer program to develop depression awareness campaigns can lead to improved knowledge and attitudes toward depression, greater likelihood to seek help if needed and reduced stigma, according to a new study published online today in Psychiatric Services in Advance.

An estimated 7.5 percent of adolescents experience depression in a given year and depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. Depression often first develops in the teen years and is associated with problems functioning, recurrent depression later in adulthood, other mental disorders, alcohol involvement and poor academic performance.

Researchers led by Sagar V. Parikh, M.D., with the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, looked at the effectiveness of the Peer-to-Peer Depression Awareness...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Mar 1, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C.– Recent disparaging and inaccurate remarks about mental illness serve only to perpetuate stigma and prohibit honest and open dialogue about an illness (or disorder) that affects one in five people in the nation. Now is the time for us to come together and look for a bipartisan solution that ensures early intervention and access to mental health and substance use treatment rather than taking steps backward. With the scientific advances in prevention, early intervention, treatment, and recovery today, we should be moving forward in caring for people with mental illness and substance abuse. Despite increased public awareness about mental health issues, accessing treatment remains a challenging task due to multiple factors, such as fragmented delivery and reimbursement systems, regulatory barriers, and...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Feb 23, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On February 14, 17 children and adults at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, lost their lives at the hands of an individual with an assault weapon. Thousands of children across the country went to school that morning, but some never returned home that afternoon. This senseless loss of life has become all too common in our country, ending lives, shattering families and disrupting the fabric of another community forever branded by this act of violence.

Our organizations include 450,000 physicians and medical student members. Gun violence is a public health epidemic that is growing in frequency and lethality, and it is taking a toll on our patients. We urge our national leaders to recognize in this moment what the medical community has long understood: we must treat this...

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Author: mbourdase - Published: Feb 16, 2018

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