For BIPOC youth, it can be difficult finding a mental health care provider who understands their background or speaks their preferred language. An overwhelming majority of current mental health providers are white and speak only English. Being a BIPOC therapist can also be hard because racism, racial trauma, and burnout are real. However, we know that people are more likely to trust mental health support from people who share their cultural background or have an understanding of culture.
Kaitlin describes why it was important to find a therapist of color and offers suggestions for working towards diversifying the mental health workforce.
Anti-Racism in Clinical Care
There is a critical need to make sure that the mental health workforce is more diverse and is trained on cultural humility. Mental health providers should value and understand culture, and incorporate anti-racism into clinical care. Until we can get there, we can use peer support and self-help tools to empower ourselves.
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86% of psychologists in the U.S. workforce are White. This is less diverse than the U.S. population as a whole. [source]
Only 24% of youth think training adults would help them with their mental health challenges, versus 47% who want to learn more about how to help their own mental health. [source]
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