The Illinois Psychiatric Society is a District Branch of the American Psychiatric Society. IPS serves over 1,000 psychiatrist members.
IPS Position Statement:
In response to the traumatic killing of unarmed Black Americans and subsequent incidents affecting our nation today we, the psychiatrists of the Illinois Psychiatric Society, issue this statement:
The Illinois Psychiatric Society has a firm opposition to violence, intentional trauma, and social injustice in all its forms. Through our efforts, we strive to help our patients and their families to preserve their resilience during these stressful times, while working towards a better tomorrow. As an organization, we will engage our members in specific ways to promote minority and community mental health, to increase and sustain diversity within psychiatry, and to partner with law enforcement and other institutions to better serve the public. We will advocate for a safer and more inclusive Illinois. We reaffirm our commitment to serve all communities in a way that is unifying, not divisive, supportive, not destructive, and heard, not silenced.
We encourage all who are suffering trauma due to the recent or past violence or social injustices to seek mental health support. IPS will continue to fight for a mentally healthy Illinois for all. There is no health without mental health, and there is no mental health without social justice.
Proposed action plan from Dr. Scherer, IPS President:
The Illinois Psychiatric Society will commit to
- identify and call out racial discrimination and social injustice
- help heal physical and mental illness due to violence and racial inequity
- promote mental health for Black individuals and all communities
- increase and sustain racial diversity among IPS members and leaders
- partner with peace-keeping agencies to better serve the public
- be accountable for our racial biases and their unintended harmful effects
- provide psychiatric care, education and research in ways that are unifying, not divisive, supportive, not destructive, and heard, not silenced.
There is no health without mental health, and there is no mental health without social justice.
The Illinois Psychiatric Society is monitoring the evolving COVID-19 pandemic in Illinois, and has created a resource guide for psychiatrists and the community.