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Black Mental Health Matters

by Allison Betito

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

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The Loveland Foundation prioritizes opportunity, access, validation, and healing for Black women and girls. With barriers affecting access to treatment by members of diverse ethnic and racial groups, Loveland Therapy Fund provides financial assistance to their participants of Black women and girls nationally seeking therapy. Even more, the therapists affiliated with the Loveland Foundation are able to provide the mental care that their participants can relate to and can reflect their racialized experiences.


I believe in therapy as healing. Healing goes beyond just feeling good. It provides a sense of safety and is especially important to those individuals who suffer from trauma as a symptom of oppressive systems. When we heal individuals, it permeates into their communities, trickles down through future generations, and makes us all better together.


With professional therapy averaging from $60-250 per session, I want to raise enough money to pay for sessions beyond the 4-8 that Loveland Foundation Therapy Fund affords their participants. Whether it’s helping promote me through your own networks or donating yourself, any contribution to the cause will make a difference.


I hope you can join me!


Stay well,

Allison

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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?