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Mental health disorders are among the most formidable public health issues facing our world today. In New York, roughly one in ten individuals battles mental health issues severe enough to impede their functionality in critical domains of life such as work, education, and family. The journey to accessing essential mental health care is fraught with obstacles, including symptom-induced recognition barriers, societal stigmatization, and economic constraints—leading to a care paradigm that is both costly and exclusionary. Alarmingly, even the availability of care does not guarantee engagement as many individuals in need refuse to seek treatment.

This post was originally published on the Cardozo Journal of Equal Rights and Social Justice website on March 8, 2024. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.

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