***I would like to start this conversation by acknowledging my privilege as a white person who has had unlimited access to incredible providers*** As many of you know, mental health and mental health care is one of my passions. My own struggle with anorexia, amongst other mental health struggles, has lead me to a deeper understanding of and empathy for those fighting similar battles. Recent events have opened my eyes to disparities in access to mental health care. Only 1 in 3 Black Americans who need mental health care receive it, and the care that they do receive is often culturally incompetent and poorer in quality than care given to whites. Black Americans are also less likely to be offered psychotherapy or evidence-based medication therapy. In response to this inequality, I ask that you join me in donating to @rachel.cargle’s @thelovelandfoundation, a charitable organization that raises money to “make it possible for Black women and girls nationally to receive therapy support.” I am here, I am listening, and I am ready to take action. I understand that I will never understand. However, I stand.
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.