In response to the incessant police brutality and anti-blackness, right now more than ever the Black community is in need of mental health support. Every day the Black community is witnessing their people being brutalized to death, filmed, publicly degraded, debated about; our safety being dehumanized in real-time, on the news, online, and in social circumstances. These daily recurrences which are supposed to be our daily life are extremely re-traumatizing and triggering. The toll that this race war is having on the mental health and emotional well being of Black folks is denigrating our stability and sense of safety.
The goal is to address the lack of Black therapy resources, advocacy, and mental health support in the Vancouver Lower Mainland — land of the Coast Salish peoples–Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.
There needs to be serious focus redirected towards creating safety networks for Black folks struggling with mental health. Racial trauma is one of the biggest threats to the Black community; physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
This crowdfunding campaign was started to support mental health initiatives for Black folks in Vancouver through advocacy + Black-led healing.
Vancouver Black Therapy & Advocacy Fund is a not-for-profit initiative that aims to raise funds to make mental health support more accessible to Black community members in the Lower Mainland.
This fundraiser was created with the understanding of the disparity of access for Black mental health resources; our goal is to connect members with accredited and recommended local Black counselors and therapists. With the help of paid advocates, members would be linked directly to these resources.
It is important to address the potential barriers that may exist within our communities in order to make sustainable change. Since there are mostly Hegemonic non-Black therapists in Vancouver without anti-oppression training, it can be alienating and unhealthy for Black communities to be seeking solace and support with non-Black therapists. This is an open call for donations and advocacy for Black therapists to connect with Black folks in need of therapy.
❋ The Goal ❋
Now that the fund has exceeded the original goal of $20,000, and has reached over $100,000 we will be paying for therapy for 20 + Black folks, priority to Disabled & LGBTQIA+ folks, with 12-15 hours of therapy sessions for FREE, funded by the donations. Advocacy services will also be available for the recipients.
❋ Black Therapy Recipients ❋
Barrier-free mental health access, with priority given to Black Disabled & LGBTQIA+ folks. All Recipients will be non- disclosed.
Applicants will be matched with an advocate to link them directly to a suitable therapist that we are working with. At this time, this fund is exclusive to the Lower Mainland of Vancouver since there is a lack of therapy services for Black folks specifically. However, we will make exceptions for requests outside of this area if you are lacking resources in your area.
At this moment the program is at capacity. Please be patient! We are restructuring and are hoping to expand this program into a fund where people can donate on a monthly basis which will allow us to accomodate more folks. Contact us if you have any inquiries.
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This fundraiser is created by Betty Mulat, Vancouver based artist, producer, co-founder of NuZi Collective , and community organizer.
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