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Flourish Your Mind

by Aniqa Mian

Supporting: Therapy Fund for Black Women and Girls for The Loveland Foundation Inc.

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Hi my friends,


I have always fought battles for justice and advocacy on my own, but during these trying times I struggle so much with how I as an individual can help the world. I've always wanted to make the world a better place with making people feel supported, loved, and cared for through small actions.  I have always wanted to dedicate my life work to health equity/mental health and this is a small step towards that.


I definitely can't speak to the struggles of a black girl, but I can talk to the experience as a POC and a girl. I'm depressed, anxious, recovering from anorexia, but the key to my healing as been years of therapy and advocating for myself. I was told by my community that I didn't need any external help and that I should just "get over it" and pray. Praying is part of the answer, but going to a certified therapist is the key  to  healing.  


Access to mental health specifically is a fight worth fighting for. Without your mental health, you can't accomplish anything. However the cost of therapy is such a barrier to access.  No matter your gender, race, or socioeconomic status, everyone deserves access to therapy. 


SO all I ask today is that you help me donate to a cause so dear to my heart and help advocate for others. With your help, we can provide more girls an opportunity to thrive in this world.  A small amount of money can go such a long way. 


Thank you in advance for the support! 

Aniqa 

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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 sharlene@thelovelandfoundation.org 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.


We look forward to keeping you informed as we continue to build out this program.
For more information about Loveland Foundation Therapy Fund visit https://www.thelovelandfoundation.org.


How would you like to support?