If you follow the news, you've undoubtedly seen videos or read articles about the senseless murders of unarmed black men, women, and young people at the hands of police officers and white supremacist terrorists. This violence is not new, what's new(er) is the recording and rapid sharing of it. It seems every week we learn of another innocent Black life being stolen and a family and community left in fear and grief. No one should have to fear for their life. No one should have to walk around with their phone out ready to record so that if someone targets them they have proof of it. These daily experiences can, at a minimum, lead to chronic trauma and anxiety for people in the Black community.
As a therapist, I have the professional privilege of seeing first-hand how individuals can improve their well-being just by having a safe space to grow and explore their thoughts and beliefs. I specialize in working with young people who are experiencing or have experienced trauma in their lives. I believe we all deserve access to healing and that when we work on improving ourselves, our healing undoubtedly has an effect on our community. The reality is that there are many barriers to accessing quality, culturally competent mental health treatment. For Black women and girls, prevalent and ingrained stigma surrounding mental health, high costs of treatment, and challenges finding therapists who look and understand their unique experiences can make getting support challenging. Black women and girls deserve healing.
I truly believe that we all have a part to play in dismantling the racist system our country was built on and there are so many ways to get involved. Please join me in providing tangible support through Rachel Cargle's amazing Loveland Foundation and her Therapy Fund for Black Women and Girls. Our donations to this fund are a way to say to Black women and girls, "We see you. We hear you. We're invested in your healing."
Thank you so much for your interest in supporting the Loveland Foundation Therapy Fund. Whether you have already donated or you are just learning about the project, we are grateful to have you on board.
With therapy sessions in the U.S. typically costing anywhere from $60 - $250-- even with insurance, the prevalent and ingrained stigma surrounding mental health in many communities, and the fact that the vast majority of therapists in this country are white, it is often difficult for Black women and girls to access therapy when they need it. We wanted to change that.
In our pilot program, we raised over $250,000 with the support of our generous community and provided financial assistance to hundreds of Black women and girls to go to therapy. We did this through collaborative partnerships with Therapy for Black Girls, Open Path Collective, National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network, and Talkspace, networks and service providers that are all committed to making therapy more affordable and accessible.
No matter how much you are able to give, we are excited to work together with our community again to bring therapy support directly to Black women and girls who need it. Please donate now to tangibly tell these women and girls, “We see you, we hear you, and we are invested in your healing.”Generations will benefit from their healing.
How you can give:
- Champion the Cause! Become an advocate and help fundraise for Loveland Foundation Therapy Fund via your social platforms. Set your own fundraising goal and utilize your network of friends and family to help fundraise for Loveland Foundation Therapy Fund.
- Be a small business or corporate match - Email email@example.com if you are interested.
- Donate to our campaign! We are raising funds for our therapy for Black women and girls program, which includes providing 4-8 free therapy sessions.
- Start a Giving Circle: Pool your resources together and make a commitment with 6 of your friends to donate and support Black women and girls who deserve access to healing. If each of your friends contribute $20, it will cover 1 therapy session.