CW: mental health struggles
Just recently, I started learning more about the work of The Loveland Foundation.
Through the organization’s VERY FIRST fundraiser, it raised more than $250,000. Now, the organization has a goal of raising $600,000 which would mean “over 5,000 hours of FREE therapy sessions for Black women and girls to go to therapy.”
I’m aiming to raise $1,000 for the organization by the end of the month. If you can contribute, it would mean a lot to me.
Here’s a little bit of my own story: five years ago, I walked into the doctor’s office to speak with an intake specialist about my mental health. I told her about a recent experience of suicidal ideation. She asked me to make an appointment to come in again and I told her I didn’t want to take more time off work. I had a busy full-time job and freelance work to get back to. Plus, I generally felt fine. She looked at me and said “you just told me you wanted to… you’re not fine. You need to make an appointment.” (I don’t want to write out the full ideation).
I was lucky that I had a support system in my friends and family and that I felt comfortable going to the doctor and opening up. I had good health insurance. I had the means to go to group sessions and individual sessions, and pay my medication. But not everyone does. Therapy has changed so much for me, and it continues to help me deal with my day-to-day struggles. I believe women of color deserve access to resources that will help them live their best lives, particularly when it comes to mental health. Black women and girls, especially, deserve this. As Cargle put it in her last post: "As the Black community continues to fight for our rights, our justice, our lives we cannot forget that the revolution cannot happen with exhaustion.”
I'm doing just a small part but hope that you can contribute, if you can, to this very important mission.
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.