APA Condemns Violence in Charlottesville, Reiterates Impact of Racism on Mental Health

ARLINGTON, Va. — The American Psychiatric Association (APA) today issued the following statement from CEO and Medical Director Saul Levin, M.D., M.P.A., in response to the events that took place in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend:

“The American Psychiatric Association condemns all acts of violence, racism and intolerance to include those that took place in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend. Our organization has long recognized that racism and racial discrimination adversely affect mental health and lead to disparities in mental health care. The APA strongly opposes all forms of racism and racial discrimination. We must work to eliminate racism and foster a respectful appreciation for multiculturalism and diversity, both in our professional encounters and in society at large. We offer our condolences to the victims in Charlottesville.”

American Psychiatric Association

The American Psychiatric Association is the oldest medical association in the country founded in 1844. The APA is also the largest psychiatric association in the world with more than 37,000 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.

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