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June 24, 2022

American Psychiatric Association Statement on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization

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. 

June 24, 2022

APA Statement on the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act

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.

June 22, 2022

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.

June 15, 2022

Americans Anxious Over Current Events, Losing Weight This Summer, Says New APA Poll

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

June 14, 2022

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.

June 01, 2022

Statement from the American Psychiatric Association on Firearm Violence

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.

May 26, 2022

Dr. Rebecca W. Brendel Takes Office as APA President

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.

May 25, 2022

American Psychiatric Association Statement on the School Shooting in Texas

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.

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