Access and Equity
In more recent years, mental health has become a more normalized and open topic than in years past.
Despite this open conversation, many marginalized groups continue to have inequitable access to quality health care.
If you are reading this and need resources to find equitable care, please reach out and/or click on the links below. These are only a couple of many resources that will provide often free or highly discounted quality mental health care to marginalized groups seeking care.
If you are reading this and you are a health care provider; I encourage you to donate, read, unlearn, and/or consider your practice as a form of social justice (because it is).
Please see one way to take local action on ways to help under "Take Action"!
I welcome any suggestions/collaborations/comments as I continue to do work surrounding the intersectionality of mental health and social justice work.
"The country is in a state of health care denial.
The U.S. lags behind other
industrialized nations in many important health measures - partly because
citizens of certain races, ethnicities and incomes experience poorer versions
of U.S. health care than others. The disparities are glaring."
Robert Pearl, MD, CEO, The Permanente Medical Group
If you’re interested in increasing access to mental health care in the triangle area in North Carolina, please consider a one-time or recurring donation to Radical Healing’s Black Mental Health Fund (BMHF). As stated on the Radical Healing website, “100% of all funds will support direct aid to our Black queer and trans mental health therapists in providing free and more accessible mental health services to Black queer and trans clients.”
Mental Health Accountability Group
EST February 2020-Paused for now
Laura Barnes, Founder
Laura Barnes saw a need for a creation of safe spaces for BIPOC community members seeking therapy. As this need continued to be more and more apparent, she decided to create a mental health accountability group.
This group is aimed to intersect mental health with anti-racism efforts to decolonize our approach to therapies. I am a learner in this space with a passion for its importance, but I do not claim to be an expert. I believe the best way to learn/unlearn is to invite BIPOC leaders and experts in this field to share with us what they know. I commit to paying these experts directly or donating to anti-racist organizations in lieu of a fee. I believe our responsibility as clinicians is to put what we learn into action including dismantling what needs to be unlearned. This group was formed in efforts to demonstrate as a strategic ally, and I am asking those mental health clinicians who are interested to join us!
White Privilege in Therapy
Traumatic impacts of social media on the African American community.
The Multicultural Project: Troubling Theory and Application in Mental Health Practice
Mental Health Stigmas in Communities of Color
Tending Racial Trauma During Crisis
Identifying “8 ways therapists can perpetuate white supremacy”
To learn more about Laura Barnes: www.barnesbiofeedback.com