Saint Luke’s Health System is committed to the health and safety of our patients, visitors, and staff. Effective Nov. 1, 2021, full COVID-19 vaccination is a condition of employment for all SLHS employees.

Over the last several years, especially with the pandemic, mental health has been brought to the forefront now more than ever. More than 4.5 million Black and African American people reported having a mental illness, and more than 22 percent of those reported a serious mental illness over the past year, according to Mental Health America. However, in minority communities, there are many barriers to mental health care.

This week, we’re talking with Debra Richardson, a psychotherapist at Saint Luke’s Behavioral Health Specialists, about minority mental health, the stigma surrounding it, and the importance of mental health access.

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