I've spent a lot of time thinking about what I wanted to say, how I wanted to say it, to ensure the way I articulated it didn't offend, and highlighted why I decided to champion this cause. Then I realized that sometimes the best way to say it is to just keep it simple.
As someone who regularly sees a therapist, I realize now how easy it was for me to access this help - how my *privilege* made this seamless. Unfortunately, there are many barriers to access this help for black people, as well as other diverse racial and ethnic groups because of lack of insurance, underinsurance, stigma around mental health, distrust in the health care system, lack of culturally competent health providers, to name a few.
With all of this info, I want to use my privilege to champion this cause and help raise funds on behalf of The Loveland Foundation, in order to help provide therapy for Black Women and Girls. Because they deserve a fighting chance, too.
I know times are tough for many, but not nearly as tough as what the Black community has been facing for decades. Please consider donating even as little as a $1 to help. Thank you.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.