Like many other new mothers, I suffered from perinatal (pre and postpartum) anxiety and depression.
It was (and is) an extremely isolating and terrifying experience, and something I continue to deal with after the birth of my second child. Among other things, I am fortunate to have a strong support system and access to therapy- a privilege that many Black women and girls do not.
40% of Black mothers are likely to suffer from postpartum depression (more than double the rate of the general population), but they are less likely than white women to initiate or continue treatment. This is in part due to the availability and accessibility of treatment.
Many of you have seen the inequities and systemic racism that exist in our healthcare system- and this includes access to mental health services. Maternal mental health is near and dear to my heart; in all stages of motherhood, from understanding fertility, navigating pregnancy, birth, and postpartum, to coping with loss- women need support in handling stress and making choices. Emotional health and wellbeing are crucial to helping mothers and babies thrive. The Loveland Foundation gets Black women and girls therapy they deserve: high quality, culturally sensitive, and affordable. This small gesture can have a huge impact on mothers and their children, which has a ripple effect in their communities.
I can say wholeheartedly that in finding appropriate help for my mental health, I became a better parent and partner. I want to do everything I can to make sure other mothers never feel alone, and instead feel safe and empowered.
Please join me in advocating for health equity for Black women, by getting them timely and accessible therapy.
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.