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

Supporting International Medical Graduates is Crucial for Mental Health Care in America

The rise of the Delta variant and continuing effects of the original wave of the COVID-19 pandemic means that demand for all health care services remain high, while hospital systems and health care workers are stretched thin. This is especially true for services for mental health and substance use disorders, where equitable access to care has been a persistent issue for decades.

Observing Juneteenth and Supporting Mental Health Equity

This weekend, we acknowledge and observe Juneteenth, a holiday that commemorates the day that the end of slavery was announced in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865. Juneteenth has been celebrated by the Black community since the late 1800s. Now, pending President Biden’s signature, expected this afternoon, it will be a federal holiday in recognition of the end of the dark chapter of human slavery in America, and the start of the long march towards equality for the Black community.

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.