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. 

Debra Richardson, LCSW, Psychotherapist at Saint Luke's Behavioral Health Specialists, spoke to KCTV about the importance of mental health in minority communities. 

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