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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – 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:

“The American Psychiatric Association strongly condemns the acts of violence that took place in Pittsburgh. The fact that the victims were targeted because of their Jewish faith is highly disturbing. The violence in Pittsburgh has become all too familiar in America. We know from past experiences that gun violence and the targeting of individuals due to their religious beliefs can cause serious psychological distress in the involved communities. We urge those affected to seek help to reduce the difficulties they may be experiencing and decrease the likelihood of developing more serious problems. We offer our deepest sympathy and condolences to the victims and their families in Pittsburgh. Our members stand ready to help the community of Pittsburgh and the nation heal.”

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 37,800 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 www.psychiatry.org.

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