Do You Think White and Black People Get the Same Access to Mental Health?

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The disparities for BIPOC people (Black, Indigineous and People of Color) inside the mental health system are very well documented. It’s been show that if you are a person of color you are less like to have access to mental health care, less likely to seek out services or get the service you need, more likely to receive poor quality service and end your service prematurely.

Mental health care providers and individuals working in mental health need to address this. The cost of not addressing it far outweighs making access and equity more attainable.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness estimates it costs the US economy $100-$200 Billion to leave millions under-treated for mental illness. Lost productivity at work, strain on personal relationships and the development of the self, these are just some of the costs of untreated mental illness and mental health.

There is also a greater stigma associated with mental illness in communities of color, and hence, fewer folks reach out for help.

There are also a myriad of effective alternative treatment options for mental health available – personal development courses, mindfulness, meditation, and other “alternative” therapies should be accessed more equitably and easily.  The outcomes of these practices often equal or surpass scientifically-validated approaches and millions of practitioners can attest to their benefits.

We would like to connect mental health counselor, therapists and alternative practitioners of stress relief and stress management programs with communities where their services are desperately needed.

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