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Emotional Support Animals

  • 2022

This resource document provides an overview of the clinical, ethical, and legal considerations that a psychiatrist should consider when asked to write an emotional support animal (ESA) letter for a patient.

Suicide in Communications and Media

  • 2022

Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States. Research demonstrates that how media reports on suicide and suicide attempts may either increase contagion risk or decrease the risk of future suicide attempts, rendering the issue a matter of public health and safety.

Ethical and Practical Implications of Psychedelics in Psychiatry

  • 2022

This resource document focuses on several of the ethical and practical issues surrounding psychedelics in their current investigational stage, and also discusses issues for psychiatrists to consider if psychedelics one day become available for broad clinical use.

Addressing the Migration Emergency and Human Rights of Haitians

  • 2022

Thousands of Haitians are traveling to the U.S.-Mexico border to seek asylum in the U.S., with many settling in camps after being denied entry. The U.S. government is responding with the deportations of thousands to Haiti. These deportations put Haitians at risk of violence, being unhoused, and even death amid Haiti’s political, economic, and environmental crises.

Consent for Voluntary Hospitalization of Minors

  • 2022

This resource document seeks to lay out the major issues involved in formulating the rules governing the psychiatric hospitalization of minors so that psychiatrists can be better informed when rendering their judgment in particular cases. Admission for substance use treatment raises somewhat different concerns that are not addressed in this document.

Syringe Exchange Programs

  • 2021

According to the office of the United States Surgeon General, syringe exchange programs are an effective public health intervention strategy that reduces the transmission of HIV and hepatitis. Syringe exchange programs do not encourage the use of illegal drugs, but seek to prevent the harm caused by unsafe drug use.

Advocating for Anti-Racist Mental Health Policies with a Focus on Dismantling Anti-Black Racism

  • 2021

Racial injustices have long contributed to mental health disparities for minority and underserved populations. More than 50 years ago, Dr. Melvin Sabshin and colleagues documented the “structured pattern of racism” in psychiatry in a series of articles in the American Journal of Psychiatry. Insufficient progress has been made in eradicating institutionalized racism in psychiatry. Race-based disparities in psychiatric care and mental & behavioral health reflect this lack of progress and reproduce racial inequities that span all sectors of our society.

Approaches to Youth in Mental Health Crisis

  • 2021

This document provides an overview of contemporary approaches to youth in mental health crises with practical, solution-oriented recommendations. It provides developmental considerations when dealing with youth in crisis, the continuum of existing response models and encourages readers to understand their role in advocacy through clinical vignettes. The resource document emphasizes de-escalation and rapid linkage to clinical evaluation services and supports the APA’s goal of ensuring young people in mental health crises and their families receive support by first responders who are appropriately trained to address their needs. This document provides an overview of contemporary approaches to youth in mental health crises with practical, solution-oriented recommendations. It provides developmental considerations when dealing with youth in crisis, the continuum of existing response models and encourages readers to understand their role in advocacy through clinical vignettes. The resource document emphasizes de-escalation and rapid linkage to clinical evaluation services and supports the APA’s goal of ensuring young people in mental health crises and their families receive support by first responders who are appropriately trained to address their needs.

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