Mental illness affects one in five adults and one in 10 children in America. The numbers are indeed staggering. Even more alarming is that minorities are less likely to receive diagnosis and treatment for their mental illness, have less access to and availability of mental health services and often receive a poorer quality of mental health care – reports the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health.
Kaleesha S. Bent is a registered marriage and family therapist, a member of the AAMFT (American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy), and has earned a lifetime membership in Psi Chi, an international honor society in psychology. Her studies abroad, and her missionary work in countries like Israel, Uganda, Greece, and Jamaica confirm that she is a woman of service in the specialized field of counseling. Kaleesha’s therapeutic focus extends to Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), attention-deficit/hyperactive disorder (ADHD), anxiety, and depression. What lead Kaleesha into the counseling field is her gift to listen, which has allowed her to be a bridge for broken families so they may know the power of hope that leads to reconciliation. We’re most excited to receiving her views and her vision on mental illness and to address the growing concern with minorities.