Why Philadelphia’s Mental Health Successes Should Spur Capitol Hill to Action

The American Psychological Association was pleased to have Arthur C. Evans, Jr., PhD, as a witness March 25, 2014 at a hearing of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Oversight of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. Below is a shortened version of Dr. Evans’ full testimony, with full video of the hearing on the Committee’s […]

Federal Juvenile Justice Policy – Alignment with Science

By Micah Haskell-Hoehl (Senior Policy Associate, APA Public Interest Directorate – Government Relations Office)  To punish or to rehabilitate? That question frames the essence of the debate over criminal and juvenile justice, and it plays out in practice, with new policies always falling somewhere between these two poles. With the 1974 establishment of the Juvenile Justice […]

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7 Essential Steps Parents Can Take to Prevent Teen Suicide

In this blog post, APA President-elect Nadine Kaslow and her colleagues offer parents advice on how to prevent teen suicide. By Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD, Polina Kitsis, Mili Anne Thomas, MA, and Dorian A. Lamis, PhD Parents Can Make a Difference Every day, about 12 youth die by suicide. For every adolescent death by suicide you hear about, […]

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Moving from Awareness to Action in Children’s Mental Health

By Ileana Arias, PhD (Principal Deputy Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Last week I was pleased to present a keynote address on children’s mental health as a public health issue at a National Summit developed by APA’s Interdivisional Task Force on Children’s Mental Health. Did you know as many as 1 in 5 […]

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What Everybody Ought to Know About Suicide

By Lauren Fasig, JD, PhD (Director, APA Children, Youth, and Families Office) Suicide touches everyone. Adults, teens, children, parents, siblings, grandparents, popular people, loners, geeks, jocks, scientists, artists, plumbers, doctors, farmworkers, soldiers, lawyers, teachers, minsters, police officers, dishwashers…everyone. Did you know suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death in young people between the ages […]