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12/10/2018
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PPA STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO SHOOTING AT PITTSBURGH SYNAGOGUE

 

The Pennsylvania Psychological Association is profoundly saddened by the senseless act of hatred and violence committed at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh, and we extend our deepest condolences and wishes for healing to all who were directly affected by this act – including our own PPA members—as well as to the larger Jewish community.  The Pennsylvania Psychological Association is a diverse group of psychologists throughout the state, with members of all races, ethnicities, religious and spiritual backgrounds, gender identities and sexual orientations.  We are proud of our diversity and vehemently condemn crimes of hate.  We believe these extreme expressions of prejudice have no place in our world as they send a message of intolerance, that members of the victimized group do not belong.  Such acts can also lead to psychological distress including post-traumatic stress, depression, anger, anxiety, and a decrease in feelings of safety and security.

 

The Pennsylvania Psychological Association urges anyone who is experiencing distress in the wake of the tragedy to reach out to family, friends, and supportive community members, and to seek professional help as needed.  Both PPA and the American Psychological Association have resources available online at: www.psychologycanhelp.com and https://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2017/10/mass-shootings.aspx.

            

 

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