Taking care of my mental health has always been a priority for me. Being able to speak to a therapist about anything and everything I’m dealing with has helped me overcome trials and come out stronger on the other side. Therapy helps me process and learn from my emotions and experiences and allows me to develop into a better version of myself. Knowing how important mental health care has been in my own journey, I will be going to graduate school next year to earn my M.A. in Counseling. I am so grateful for this opportunity to become a professional in the field of mental health, and as I have spent more time exploring it, I have learned about the multiple barriers to mental health care for the BIPOC community.
Did You Know
- In 2015, 48% of white adults in the U.S. living with mental illness received mental health services while only 31% of Black and Hispanic adults received care and only 22% of Asian adults received care1
- Black Americans are 20% more likely to experience serious mental health problems than the general population2
- Black youth who are exposed to violence are at a greater risk for PTSD by over 25%2
- In 2018, only 4% of the American Psychological Association members were Black3
- Black people can have a unique mental health disorder called “Racial Battle Fatigue” as a result of chronic experiences of racism and micro-aggressions3
July is BIPOC Mental Health Month which has brought this learning to the forefront of my mind and my inbox thanks to resources like Shine Text. Not only are do these statistics speak volumes as to the mental health problems amongst the Black community specifically, but Black people in the U.S. also seek mental health treatment considerably less often than the general population.4 The significance of mental health problems in the Black community coupled with a lack of representation of Black psychologists in the mental health field leads to less access to care all around. Finally, therapy can be expensive, even with health insurance, and as of 2018, 1 in 5 Black people in America lived in poverty meaning there is a financial barrier also preventing them from getting the services they need.5 This financial barrier is one roadblock to mental health services that organizations like the Loveland Foundation exist to eradicate.
The Loveland Foundation
I am so excited to share with y’all about the Loveland Foundation and what they do! Founded by Rachel Cargle, this organization is committed to showing up for communities of color in unique and powerful ways, with a particular focus on Black women and girls.6 Specifically, the Loveland Foundation has a Therapy Fund which provides financial assistance to Black women and girls nationally seeking therapy. They partner with multiple mental health organizations to offer high quality, culturally competent mental health services from professionals to the women in their cohorts.
I have started a fundraising page toward the Therapy Fund that will be up until August 3, 2020. I really wanted to do this during July in honor of BIPOC Mental Health Month, but life happened and I’m not letting that stop me from starting late now! Again, the money given to this page will go directly to the Therapy Fund which will provide Black women and girls mental health care. The Foundation is aiming to raise $600,000 to provide 5,000 hours of free therapy sessions for these women and girls and you can be a part in making that happen!
So without further ado, here is the link to the fundraising page if you are interested in donating: https://www.flipcause.com/secure/fundraiser/NzU4MzM=/47450
I’m hopeful that this fundraiser will not only give us all a chance to make a financial impact but also help us learn about the effects of racism on the minds, bodies, and souls of people of color. Our mental health is just as important to care for as our physical health and it is my prayer that this is one small step we can take toward providing that care for those who need it.