The American Psychiatric Association (APA) today commends Congress for passing the first meaningful gun safety legislation in 30 years and looks forward to President Biden signing it into law. The bipartisan deal is a long overdue but important step in combatting the public health crisis of gun violence.
The American Psychiatric Association is deeply disappointed in the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, that overturns Roe v. Wade and will ultimately restrict an individual’s right to an abortion. By dismantling nearly 50 years of legal precedent, the Court has jeopardized the physical and mental health of millions of American women and undermined the privacy of the physician-patient relationship.
American Psychiatric Association on Passage of H.R. 7666, the Restoring Hope for Mental Health and Well-Being Act
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) today applauded the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of the Restoring Hope for Mental Health and Well-Being Act (H.R. 7666), calling it an important step to expeditiously address the nation’s mental health crisis. The legislation will help address record levels of overdose and suicide deaths, the child and adolescent mental health crisis, and the adverse psychological effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Americans.
As Americans take to the beaches, leave school and turn on their air conditioners this summer, current events, such as inflation, are on their minds, and nearly half of Americans feel pressure to lose weight or otherwise change their body. This is according to the American Psychiatric Association’s Healthy Minds Monthly Poll*, which was conducted by Morning Consult between May 27 and 29, 2022, among a sample of 2,210 adults
La encuesta de Healthy Minds revela que la mitad de los adultos hispanos se sienten presionados para perder peso o cambiar su cuerpo este verano
Este verano, al tiempo que muchos hispano-americanos buscan disfrutar el clima cálido, planificar vacaciones, salir de la escuela y encender sus aires acondicionados, casi la mitad (48 %) comparten que se sienten presionados por perder peso o cambiar su cuerpo, y casi un tercio (30 %) califican su salud mental como regular o mala.
American Psychiatric Association Honors Washington State Senator Manka Dhingra with Jacob K. Javits Public Service Award
On Tuesday, the American Psychiatric Association conferred the highest award it gives a public servant, the Jacob K. Javits Public Service Award, to Washington State Senator Manka Dhingra (D-Redmond) at an event jointly hosted by the Washington State Psychiatric Society, the Washington State Medical Association and NAMI Washington. Sen. Dhingra is being honored for her tireless dedication to ensuring patients, families, and communities have access to the best possible mental health care from well-trained, high-quality providers.
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) condemns the senseless loss of lives from firearm violence that has become all too common in this country, most recently in mass shootings in Uvalde, Buffalo, Houston and more than 200 other locations across the country in 2022 so far.
June Issues of American Psychiatric Association Journals Cover Mental Health Disparities and Structural Racism and Collaborative Response to Behavioral Health Emergencies
The June issues of two of the American Psychiatric Association’s journals, The American Journal of Psychiatry and Psychiatric Services are available online.
Rebecca W. Brendel, M.D., J.D., began her term as President of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) at the 2022 APA Annual Meeting. She has had extensive APA experience, having served in numerous leadership roles, including as chair of the APA Ethics Committee and member of the Board of Trustees, the Committee on Bylaws and the APA Conflict of Interest Committee. Brendel has also served as a member of the APA delegation to the American Medical Association (AMA) and is an APA Distinguished Fellow.
At the close of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) 2022 Annual Meeting, Adam Nelson, M.D., assumed the role of Speaker of the APA Assembly of District Branches.
Our hearts are broken after the brutal and tragic loss of children and teachers in Uvalde, Texas. We mourn their loss. Tragedies like this, the recent shootings in Buffalo, Houston, and too many other cities in the U.S., are traumatic for those directly impacted and can harm the mental health of others who feel its impact. The American Psychiatric Association offers resources vetted by physicians on coping with these tragedies and talking with children to help them through these events. Please be aware that you are not alone in your feelings and that mental health professionals can help.
American Psychiatric Association Honors Jim Obergefell with John Fryer 50th Anniversary Speech Award
Today, during its Annual Meeting, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) conferred the special John Fryer 50th Anniversary Speech Award to civil rights activist Jim Obergefell. Obergefell, the named plaintiff from the landmark marriage equality case Obergefell v. Hodges, was presented with this award for his courage in promoting equality for LGBTQ+ Americans.