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Access to mental health care for young people, especially Black and Hispanic youth, is more important than ever.

Black and Hispanic communities face critical roadblocks when it comes to accessing mental health care, such as lack of availability and of adequate health insurance, as well as language barriers, racism and other biases, and discrimination in treatment settings.

Tackling these disparities within mental health care and getting help to those who are most vulnerable is crucial, Dr. Havens said in the interview.

Changes in schooling, namely remote learning and blended remote/in-person instruction, may also be taking a mental health toll on students.

“For mental health services, in particular, you need to go where kids are,” said Dr. Reilford in the interview with Gotham Gazette.

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