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APA and Illinois Psychiatric Society Joint Statement on Shooting in Aurora, Ill.

  • February 18, 2019

Washington, DC – The American Psychiatric Association and the Illinois Psychiatry Society release the following joint statement in response to the deadly shooting at the Henry Pratt Company in Aurora, Ill.

“Our deepest condolences to victims of yesterday’s deadly shooting and their families and loved ones. The victims of this act of violence and their loved ones should know that help is available to cope with the trauma and psychological distress caused by the shooting. Our members are available to help the community in Aurora heal.

We at the American Psychiatric Association and the Illinois Psychiatric Society are concerned about the mental health impact of the epidemic of gun violence, which exacts a terrible toll on American families each year. We stand ready to work with local and federal lawmakers to take sensible, evidence-based action to prevent future deaths.”

American Psychiatric Association

The American Psychiatric Association, founded in 1844, is the oldest medical association in the country. The APA is also the largest psychiatric association in the world with more than 38,500 physician members specializing in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and research of mental illnesses. APA’s vision is to ensure access to quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment. For more information please visit

Illinois Psychiatric Society

The Illinois Psychiatric Society, founded in 1938, is one of the oldest district branches in the country. The IPS has over 1000 members. IPS’ mission statement: to advocate for the highest quality care for patients with psychiatric disorders which include substance use disorders, to represent the profession of psychiatry, and to serve the professional needs of its membership.


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