Statement of APA President in Response to Hurricane Harvey

WASHINGTON — Following is the statement of APA President Antonio E. Puente, PhD, in response to the devastation caused by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey:

“The American Psychological Association joins with all Americans in support of the thousands of people whose lives have been thrown into turmoil by Hurricane Harvey. We have watched with horror the devastation wreaked by this unimaginable storm, and hope that the waters recede soon."

“However, that is when the real impact on behavioral and mental health will begin to be felt. Having experienced many hurricanes and having provided emergency mental health care to hurricane survivors, I have witnessed the complexities associated with recovery from devastating storms. There is no easy or quick solution to the destruction and subsequent loss associated with something as catastrophic as Harvey. Healing — both physically and mentally — will take a long time."

“APA has made available resources for the affected people in Texas and Louisiana, including dispatching members of our Disaster Resource Network to offer psychological counseling on the ground. We have been humbled by the many acts of kindness we have seen and are hopeful that this spirit of community will persist long after the storm has passed.”

The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA's membership includes nearly 115,700 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people's lives.