". . . I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning how to sail my ship." - Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
I believe mental health care is vital for people to live fulfilling, meaningful lives. No matter who you are or where you come from, we all go through struggles and have different ways of coping. Some ways of coping are helpful, while others are more destructive. Mental health care gives people the tools they need to deal with their feelings in healthy ways and provides healing so they may grow resilient.
Over the years, I have benefited from having access to qualified health care professionals to help me deal with my mental health issues. I know that I am fortunate to be able to afford quality health care. I can't imagine having to deal with mental health issues such as anxiety or depression on top of everyday stresses caused by institutionalized racism. For my birthday this year, instead of physical gifts, I'm asking for donations to the Loveland Foundation to help provide mental health care for Black women and girls. My goal is to raise $320 by the end of September.
For more information about this wonderful organization, visit their website at: https://thelovelandfoundation.org/
The Loveland Foundation Inc. is a fiscally sponsored project of Black Girls Smile, Inc., a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (EIN: 45-5352968).
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.