The article from The Baltimore Banner, written by Jessica Smith, emphasizes the importance of culturally competent mental health care in Baltimore. It highlights the challenges faced by the community in accessing mental health services, including issues related to cultural competence, systemic barriers, and financial constraints. Smith, who founded The Mental Health Emergency Fund Inc., discusses the need for mental health care to be accessible and resonate with the cultural and social context of individuals, particularly in a city like Baltimore where one in three people are affected by mental health issues. The article also addresses the role of therapists, especially those who reflect the communities they serve, in providing effective mental health care.
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