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(p. 108) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Mental Health 

(p. 108) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Mental Health
(p. 108) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Mental Health

Ann F. Garland

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The purpose of this chapter is to highlight how issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion are inextricably linked to mental health and to mental healthcare. The chapter encourages readers to engage in continuing personal reflection regarding how their life experiences influence perspectives on these issues; the author provides examples from her own life. Key concepts are defined with emphasis on describing the implications for mental health practice. These concepts include culturally competent care, cultural humility, and conscious and unconscious bias. Social determinants of mental health problems and mental healthcare as well as disparities in mental healthcare are reviewed. The goal of increased workforce diversity and representation is also discussed, and a number of resources to support increasing diversity in the mental health workforce are recommended, including scholarship opportunities for graduate students across disciplines.

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