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A mental health service that connects patients and practitioners launched a campaign to provide free mental health support for people of color and help close the race-based pay gap in the industry.

My Wellbeing started the Better Together campaign in May, which was Mental Health Awareness Month.

People can apply online to receive support or make a tax-deductible donation to support the cause.

“The world is plagued with injustice and the mental healthcare space is no exception,” My Wellbeing founder and CEO Alyssa Petersel said. “People of color experience the highest rates of trauma and are discriminated against in nearly every interaction they have, including when they are looking for a mental health provider.”

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reports only one-third of Black adults who need mental health care receive it. Plus, there aren’t many Black therapists: 1.8% of licensed psychologists, 2.3% of psychiatrists and 7% of licensed social workers, according to the Anxiety & Depression Association of America.

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