Barriers limit mental health care services for minorities

Stephanie Bowens
 |  StarNews Correspondent

According to American Psychological Association, mental and behavioral health is a critical and frequently unaddressed issue in racial and ethnic minority communities. These groups experience various mental health disparities related to access and use of services, diagnosis and outcomes.

Dr. Laura Ginther, a psychologist at the Sand Dollar Wellness Center, 1136 Shipyard Blvd., Wilmington, and Daniela Williams, a National Board Certified Counselor and Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (LCMHCA) at A Place of Solace, which offers tele-therapy, said it’s important to find ways to close the gap in mental health care for minority communities and improve the care they receive.

1) Mental health disparities among minorities include less access, lower quality of care

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, OMH, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality reports that racial and ethnic minority groups in the

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