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Joanna's 26th Birthday Fundraiser

by Joanna Wu

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

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I truly believe that mental health is universally essential, across all race and cultures. As an individual who has personally experienced symptoms of anxiety, depression, paranoia, and body dysmorphia, I want to bring awareness and help end the stigma of mental health. As a doctoral candidate for clinical psychology, I want promote utilization and accessibility of mental healthcare resources. As an employee in an administrative role in healthcare, I understand the financial barriers that will make anyone hesitant to seek out mental health resources and solutions. As stated on their project's website, therapy sessions in the United States typically cost anywhere from $60-$250 even with insurance. While more and more insurance plans now covering mental health services, a vast majority of therapists in this country are white, and only a handful that can accept new patients in a given timeline. 

This project's aim is to $600,000 in order to offer over 5,000 hours of FREE therapy sessions for black women and girls the opportunity to access therapy. Whether you believe in the counseling/therapy process or not, I believe it is better to the offer equal opportunity and choice rather than deny them solely based on race or financial burden.
 
It is for these reasons that I am using my 26th birthday, which is in two weeks, to fundraise for this purpose. I understand that with the COVID-19 and unemployment (I was also furloughed in March and going to graduate school in the fall, even my budget is tight), not many have the choice to donate what they need to survive. Any amount can help, but I am asking in light of my 26th, that if you can spare $26 to donate to this cause, it would not only symbolically celebrate my 26th, but also black lives who did not make it to their 26th. 

If you do choose to donate, 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 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?