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America’s Frontline Physicians Oppose the Administration’s Decision to Jeopardize Access to Women’s Preventive Care

In response to the release of the Trump administration’s final rules that will limit contraception access the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Physicians, and American Psychiatric Association, collectively representing more than 423,000 of America's frontline physicians, issued this statement:

APA Statement on Shooting in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

The American Psychiatric Association released the following statement from President Altha Stewart, M.D., in response to the deadly shooting Wednesday night in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Among College Students, Mental Health Diagnosis and Treatment are Up, Stigma is Down

Mental health diagnoses and treatment of college students increased substantially between 2007 and 2017. More than one-third of students reported a diagnosed condition in 2016–2017, according to a study published online today in Psychiatric Services in Advance.

APA Condemns Shooting at Pittsburgh Synagogue, Reiterates Impact of Violence on Mental Health

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) today issued the following statement from APA President Altha Stewart, M.D., in response to the shootings this past weekend at the Tree of Life Congregation that killed 11 members of the synagogue and wounded four police officers:

APA Member Psychiatrist Carl Bell Honored with Highest Award from National Commission on Correctional Health Care

The National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) today awarded psychiatrist Carl Bell, M.D., with the 2018 Bernard P. Harrison Award of Merit. This award is NCCHC’s highest honor and is given annually to an individual or group that has demonstrated excellence and service that has advanced the correctional health care field, either through an individual project or a history of service. A longtime member of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), Bell was commended for his distinguished service to the field of mental health and its intersection with correctional health care.

APA CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin Honored During LGBT History Month

American Psychiatric Association (APA) CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A., will be featured on Sunday, Oct. 21, as an icon in LGBT history. Named CEO and Medical Director of the APA in 2013, he is the first openly gay person to lead a major medical specialty society.

APA Marks 10 Year Anniversary of Federal Mental Health Parity Law; Offers Model Parity Legislation to all 50 States

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, federal legislation designed to ensure that insurance coverage for mental health and substance use disorders care is no more restrictive than insurance coverage for other medical care.

APA Applauds Passage of Opioid Legislation as Important Step; Calls on Senate to Pass Legislation Reforming 42 CFR Part 2

Today the Senate passed H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, which authorizes a broad range of opioid treatment and prevention programs, including many for which the APA has advocated. The bill does not include The Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety (OPPS) Act, H.R. 6082, which recently passed the House of Representatives by a bi-partisan vote of 357-57.

APA Reacts to Media Coverage of Sexual Trauma, Calls for Survivors to Seek Mental Health Assistance

Media coverage of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony has triggered sexual trauma memories for many survivors. According to the CDC, survivors of sexual trauma can experience Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Sexual trauma may be a factor for many individuals who experience depression, anxiety, addictions, and eating disorders. Only 23 percent of rape and sexual assault incidents were reported to the police according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Anyone affected by sexual assault, whether it happened to you or someone you care about, can find support by calling the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673. You can also visit online.rainn.org to receive support via a confidential online chat.

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