“Discrimination by therapists compounds the already steep obstacles Americans face in accessing mental health care. There are shortages of mental-health providers even in wealthy areas, and more than half of all counties in the U.S. have no practicing psychiatrists, psychologists, or social workers. In any given year, about one in five Americans has a mental illness, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, but nearly 60 percent of those people don’t get services.”
As the article states, finding a therapist for anyone is difficult, especially for minorities and working class patients. How disappointing it must be to finally muster the strength to ask for help, and then not get it.
We need a way to do better. I don’t know what it is, but we need to be looking at it.