From the Dept of Health & Human Services, Office of Health Equity:
“Many people from racial and ethnic minority groups have difficulty getting mental health care. This can be due to many different reasons, such as cost or not having adequate health insurance coverage. It may also be challenging to find providers from one’s racial or ethnic group. Stigma or negative ideas about mental health care may also prevent people from seeking services.
Other things in our environment can impact mental health and emotional well-being. For example, experiencing or witnessing racial discrimination or racial violence can cause stress and racial trauma. Poverty (or having low income) may limit access to mental health care. Poverty can also cause stress and may lead to mental health issues.”
EmpathyHQ’s Mission is to provide life-changing mental health services to Texans with a focus on vulnerable populations. We are often asked - "what exactly is a 'vulnerable population'?" Vulnerable populations include patients who are racial or ethnic minorities, children, elderly, socioeconomically disadvantaged, underinsured or those with certain medical conditions. To make mental healthcare affordable and accessible for all, EmpathyHQ (1) Removes barriers to care by providing services on-site at schools, in local community centers, and at locations accessible via public transportation. (2) Seeks to expand grant-funded programs so those who are uninsured, underinsured, or unable to find care can receive services at a discounted rate or FREE.