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Category : Saul Levin M.D., M.P.A.

Run, Walk, or Roll July 10 at the MOORE Equity in Mental Health 5K to Raise Awareness and Support for BIPOC Youth Mental Health

APA’s inaugural MOORE Equity in Mental Health 5K Run/Walk/Roll will be held Saturday, July 10, and I urge you to get involved. This fun, virtual event is a terrific way to bring awareness to and address mental health inequities facing Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) youth. It also honors unwavering mental health equity advocate Bebe Moore Campbell.

On the Conviction of the Murderer of George Floyd, What Is Next?

We all experienced a range of emotions on Wednesday as Derek Chauvin was found guilty on three charges in George Floyd’s death: relief that justice was served in this case, and sadness for Mr. Floyd’s family. All our thoughts remain with Mr. Floyd’s family who are forever changed by his loss.

APA Leadership Statement on Anti-Asian American Racism and Mental Health

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic over a year ago, the U.S. has seen an ugly and brutal rise in racist incidents and rhetoric against Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). Between March 2020 and February 2021, the advocacy group Stop AAPI Hate recorded 3,795 hate incidents, representing but a fraction of what actually occurs. As the American Psychiatric Association (APA) expressed in a statement last week, the shooting in Atlanta on March 16, 2021, is cause for further fear in the AAPI community across the nation.

Unveiling APA’s Access Agenda

As President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and the 117th Congress took office, they arrived in the midst of multiple crises impacting Americans’ mental health—the pandemic, economic crisis and systemic racism—as well as the aftermath of the Capitol insurrection. Americans are feeling more anxious and overdose deaths reached a record high last year. Federal policymakers have a fresh opportunity in the next six months to make an impact.

Remembering Rep. John Lewis, a Civil Rights Icon

Rep. John Lewis, the congressional leader from Georgia and lifelong advocate for freedom, equality and basic human rights for Black Americans and other underrepresented groups, died recently after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. His passing should cause us all pause to reflect on what he meant for this country and what he did to improve the lives of so many.