6 Groups Making Mental Health Care More Accessible to People of Color

The COVID-19 pandemic worsened mental health across the board in the U.S., but people of color—who disproportionately suffered the worst effects of COVID-19 and have historically lacked adequate access to mental health care—were hit especially hard. One 2022 study found that Black, Hispanic, and Asian adults in the U.S. “exhibited much worse mental health during the pandemic compared to before the pandemic,” while white adults experienced a less stark decline. Yet white Americans are still far more likely to receive professional mental-health care. Many obstacles keep people of color from receiving this sort of help, including financial and insurance limitations, a persistent stigma of seeking help for these issues in many communities of color, and barriers to finding a therapist with a similar cultural background. [time-brightcove not-tgx=”true”] Here are some organizations working to bridge that gap. National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network The National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network is a national organization that provides a directory of hundreds of queer and trans therapists of color. The organization, which was founded by therapist Erica Woodland in 2016, hopes to make it easier for queer and trans people of color to find mental-health practitioners. The organization also runs the Mental Health Fund for Queer and Trans Black, Indigenous and People of Color, launched in 2017, which has raised nearly $50,000 tha...
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