project leader
Mariah P
location
136 Madison Avenue, Floors 5&6
(Brooklyn)
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the project

This Mental Health Awareness Month, we aim to bridge the gap in access to high quality mental health care for people of color by offering unique, free access to MyWellbeing’s proprietary Grounding Groups.

Grounding Groups are an opportunity to learn the social emotional tools, perspective, and coping skills that we all wish we learned but were never taught.

Trained mental health therapists teach on topics like how to better manage stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, and more, in these interactive 60-minute sessions. All questions are welcome and participants walk away with comprehensive tools in their back pocket for when life inevitably throws a curveball. Along the way, participants build community, self-esteem, and, of course, grounding.

Each group can accommodate up to 50 people and is led by a leading, trained and highly experienced therapist of color. Help us provide care for 500 people!

the steps

1. We reach out to our waiting list of individuals seeking care and the waiting lists of our partner nonprofits to fill the groups.

2. We survey the participants about what topics they most need support around.

3. We reach out to the providers of color in our therapist community to identify practitioners who are willing to lead a group on that subject.

4. We work with practitioners to organize the groups.

5. The practitioners host the groups, helping participants develop comprehensive tools to support their mental health. The providers are paid fairly for their experience and service. 

why we're doing it

Systemic racism plagues our country and the mental health industry is no exception. While people of color experience the highest rates of trauma, they also experience the highest financial barriers to care and the fewest culturally competent options for care.

Meanwhile, as there is a national shortage of therapists of color, if therapists of color want to provide financially accessible services to clients of color, they are often under increasing pressure to reduce their rates significantly below market rates, creating a steep and growing pay gap between providers of color and white providers.

This Mental Health Awareness Month, we are committed to more than verbal affirmations and posting on social media. We aim to leverage our reach, community, and values to sponsor as much free mental health care for people of color as possible while compensating providers of color competitive rates for their expertise. 

This effort matters now more than ever. Join us in this fight for mental health equity. Every dollar counts.

 

budget

Updated budget as of May 2021: 

The project budget goes entirely to paying providers of color in NYC their full session rate to facilitate support groups for people of color, and for a logistics coordinator to set up the groups and follow up with attendees. With a new higher goal, we'll be able to serve about 3,000 individuals through year round support groups. We will also introduce a series of mental health workshops that teach key skills so that people can receive mental health support without feeling compelled to participate. 



TOTAL PROJECT FUNDING NEEDED $40,000
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $2,158
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)
$1,006
TOTAL TO RAISE= $43,164
Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.  

 

Previous budget: 

The project budget goes entirely to paying providers of color in NYC their full session rate to facilitate support groups for people of color, and for a logistics coordinator to set up the groups and follow up with attendees.



TOTAL PROJECT FUNDING NEEDED $5,000
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $272
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)
$163
TOTAL TO RAISE= $5,435
Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.  

 

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donors

  • Kelli D.
  • Monet K.
  • Claudia J.
  • Skypiatrist Psychiatry
  • Anonymous
  • Nicholas H.
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • STARZ Entertainment
  • Bryant Park Psychology, PLLC
  • Nirvana Health
  • BrainPOP, DEI Committee
  • Healthie
  • Stephen Forte
  • Michael and Julie
  • Laconia Capital Group
  • Samantha T.
  • Frank Rimalovski
  • Carol O.
  • Arielle Shnaidman
  • Anonymous
  • Greg Ratner
  • Hannah Roodman
  • Laconia Capital Group
  • Anonymous
  • The Toucan App