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When Will We Face the Facts about Suicide in Older Men?

By Amy Fiske, PhD (Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, West Virginia University) Missing the Group Most at Risk This is National Suicide Prevention Week. Much will be said and written this week about suicide and how to prevent it. Most of it will not even mention the group at greatest risk of suicide: older men. […]

When Our Sisters Are Hurting…

By Alfiee Breland-Noble, PhD, MHSc (Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Georgetown University Medical Center) Karyn Washington’s unfortunate and untimely passing offers an opportunity for us to reflect on African American women, depression and suicide. In early April 2014, Ms. Karyn Washington took her life after what appears to be a long standing battle with depression. This […]

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7 Things Everyone Should Know About the Impact of HIV/AIDS on Women and Girls

By Efua Andoh (Public Interest Communications) Women and girls living with HIV in America are mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends. Women and girls affected by the epidemic – particularly those of color –deserve a voice and their unique needs and challenges require attention. In honor of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, here is […]

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Why Shouldn’t This Bother Us? Mental Illness and the Global Burden of Disease

Dr. Walker Karraa had the opportunity to interview Dr. Anne Becker (Harvard University) about a critical but often underexamined issue affecting global health – the burden of mental illness. During their rich and wide-ranging conversation, Drs. Karraa and Becker discussed: The economic and health consequences of leaving the global burden of mental illness unaddressed, The […]

Health Shouldn’t Require Wealth: How ACA Increases Coverage of the Uninsured

By Judith M. Glassgold, PsyD (Assoc. Exec. Director, APA’s Public Interest Government Relations Office) According to the US Census, almost 47 million Americans lacked insurance in 2012. Moreover, a 2012 survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 15 million of these individuals went without health insurance for three years, with about […]

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What We Miss When We Talk About Depression in Unemployed African Americans

By Lisa Bowleg, PhD (Professor of Applied Social Psychology, George Washington University) “What does unemployment have to do with HIV risk?” I might have naively asked that question when I began my career as an applied social psychologist and HIV prevention researcher 15 years ago.  Because the individual is typically the unit of analysis in […]

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What’s Faith Got to Do with It? Churches as Partners in Ending Mental Health Disparities

By Alfiee Breland-Noble, PhD, MHSc. (Georgetown University Medical Center) In the past few years, we have seen tremendous growth in the “mainstreaming of faith” in our daily lives. Oprah Winfrey hosts a show called “Super Soul Sundays” on her OWN network, Tyler Perry movies regularly contain spiritual messages and even blockbuster family movies rely on spiritual themes […]