Ashley Judd to Speak at Psych Congress 2024 on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

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MALVERN, PA — Actress and humanitarian Ashley Judd will speak at HMP Global’s 2024 Psych Congress in Boston. She will join a fireside chat with Christine Yu Moutier, MD, Chief Medical Officer of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). Their discussion will cover mental health, grief, and loss.

Psych Congress, known for its focus on practical psychopharmacology, runs from October 29 to November 2. It aims to provide mental health clinicians with critical education resources to prevent suicides.

Judd became an advocate for suicide prevention after her mother, Naomi Judd, died by suicide in April 2022. Recently, Judd worked with the Biden administration to promote the 2024 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, a comprehensive plan to address mental healthcare gaps.

“Ashley Judd has done tremendous work to strengthen protections for the loss survivor community,” said Dr. Moutier. “AFSP is honored to work alongside her and Psych Congress to help healthcare providers deliver life-saving interventions.”

Psych Congress Co-Chair Rakesh Jain, MD, MPH, emphasized the urgency. “Nearly 50,000 people in the United States died by suicide in 2022. This is an urgent public health challenge.”

The five-day event features over 100 sessions led by internationally renowned experts. Highlights include pre-conferences on psychiatric physician assistants, emerging therapies in psychopharmacology, and psychedelics in psychiatry. New this year is a post-conference MATE Act Training, fulfilling the DEA’s requirement for training on opioid or substance use disorders.

Partners for the conference include AFSP, the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, and the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. Psych Congress aims to enhance practical psychopharmacology content, helping mental health professionals improve patient care and outcomes.

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