The Florida Psychological Association (FPA) fully supports the Supreme Court of the United States’ recent ruling that will allow people who were brought to this country by their immigrant parents as children, to continue to be protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. FPA supports rulings that will positively impact the mental wellbeing of people. An estimated number of at least 699,350 (out of which 27,000 are estimated to be health care workers) people will be protected under this ruling, and will allow them to remain in the home they have always known. We still have work to do as research is clear that immigrants in our country face unique stressors, prejudice and poverty that affect their physical and mental health. Immigrants bring countless strengths into our communities and we must do better to ensure that immigrants have adequate access to appropriate economic opportunities as well as appropriate access to health and mental health services.
June is Pride month and FPA proudly stands behind the entire sexual and gender minority community (LGBTQ+). Unfortunately, this year has been devastating for our country in so many ways. The pandemic has been a struggle for all of us and it has effectively led to the cancellation of all celebrations of Pride this month. FPA is both an ally and member of this community. We want you to know how excited we are about the recent ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States that the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects gay, lesbian, and transgender employees from discrimination based on sex. While this is a positive step toward equality, there are still challenges ahead. It is important to acknowledge that the ruling does not protect LGBTQ+ people from discrimination on matters concerning housing, credit, public accommodations, education, adoption processes, and healthcare discrimination, as well as other areas. We need to continue the fight and support organizations like Equality Florida who have been pushing for statewide legislation to protect LGBTQ+ Floridians, as it could lead to broader changes to protect all LGBTQ+ people. These landmark changes also do not address the racist, anti-Black violence in this country that affects LGBTQ+ BIPOC and non-LGBTQ+ BIPOC. The recent stripping of transgender healthcare protections were announced on the fourth anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shootings and in the middle of Pride month, which sent a clear signal that must not be ignored. The road ahead also needs to clearly address violence against Trans Women of Color who have been disproportionately impacted.
“We are living in a racism pandemic, which is taking a heavy psychological toll on our African American citizens.”
-- American Psychological Association President Sandra L. Shullman, PhD.
The Florida Psychological Association condemns, in the strongest possible language, the murder of George Floyd at the hands of law enforcement officers. This is not an isolated incident and represents over 400 years of systematic targeting of Black and Brown citizens in our country. This treatment impacts the development and mental health of those abused as well as those who remain silent. The Florida Psychological Association stands with the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Sandra Bland, Michael Brown, Eric Garner and countless other families and communities who have suffered discrimination, hatred, or racial violence. Hatred, discrimination, and injustice are unacceptable and these realities need to be brought into the conversation. We cannot stay silent in the face of racial injustice whether it is within our communities or from elsewhere. As an organization, the Florida Psychological Association is committed to justice, equality, celebrating diversity and inclusion. These commitments are even more important today as the horrifying act we recently witnessed shines light on an ongoing pattern of increased xenophobia and racial violence. No one should feel threatened because of the color of our skin or who we are. We all have a responsibility to end discrimination and intolerance. It is too easy to become distracted from the root causes and dismiss the issues by rejecting the messenger or focusing on the reaction. We need to listen to and join the voices of the unheard. We must stand up and be part of the conversation—to do our part toward justice and equality for all people. We will continue to speak out against racial injustice in all its forms in our country. We pledge to lend our support to the arduous tasks ahead that will bring an end to this discrimination and intolerance. We will work to be a part of the solution to these egregious and long-standing problems in our communities. If not now, when? If not me, who? Our actions and attitudes, as individuals, an association, and as a community, can make a difference. Stand up with us.
A helpful guide with resources for Anti Racism work for individuals and psychologists can be found at the following link. It is a compilation of articles, books, podcasts and videos that address racism and efforts for being active in being anti racist and raising anti racist children.
COVID-19 updates for professionals and the public
APA has updated their website to be the focus of answering questions about how to handle the Coronavirus anxiety. Please check out their valuable resources.
Psychologists looking for practice assistance in this time of crisis can find resources at:
Ensuring Civil Rights during COVID-19
Crisis Counseling Info
National Assoc. of School Psychologists Resources
Care for the Caregiver during COVID-19
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