Vancouver Black Therapy & Advocacy Fund

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.

I am starting a crowdfunding campaign 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.

❋ What we're looking to do:

Advocates will be hired to work with recipients and will be paid an hourly wage to organize communication between the recipient and therapists. 

The Goal:

Aiming to raise $20,000+ in order to offer therapy funds to 10 +  Black folks, priority to low income, 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. 



❋ UPDATED Goal:


Thank you for helping us surpass our original goal. We are still asking for donations to reach our current goal of $200,000. We have already started the process of connecting licensed professionals in the Lower Mainland with 25 selected recipients who applied during the intake period in June. These recipients are currently being provided with free therapy for 5 months, encompassing a total of 20 sessions each.


The intake period is closed for now and we are not processing additional applications for the moment. Thank you to people who reached out via the public intake form that was posted through this GoFundMe as well as through social media callouts. We acknowledge the high amount of demand and the need for an ongoing program.


We will re-evaluate the program as it evolves to determine how to best allocate the remainder of the funds. Given that this program is in its nascent stage, we want to provide ongoing care and not the stretch numbers right away as we hope this can become an ongoing program. For now, the remainder of the funds will be reserved as contingency for the next intake rounds. Our hope is that we can raise enough funds to allow for a second intake round in the near future as there is a great demand for access to these resources. 

This started as a fund being managed by one person, myself, and to address the increase in demand, I am gathering a team to support me and the newly incorporated non-profit foundation with admin, communications, and management. 


Every future intake period will be announced through the website, GoFundMe updates, social media and our mailing list: http://vancouverblacktherapyfund.com/pages/subscribe.html 


Black Therapy Recipients:

Barrier-free mental health access, Although, priority will be given to low income, Black disabled & LGBTQIA+ folks., all Black folks are encouraged to apply. Recipients will be non-disclosed. The public intake form was posted through this GoFundMe as well as through social media callouts. The intake period is now closed. 

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. 

❋ This fundraiser is created by Betty Mulat , Vancouver based artist, producer, co-founder of NuZi Collective , and community organizer ❋

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Donations

  • Roslyn Grant 
    • $20 
    • 8 hrs
  • Isabella P Harned  
    • $50 
    • 11 hrs
  • Anonymous 
    • $20 
    • 1 d
  • Madison Lemke 
    • $80 
    • 1 d
  • Sally Nelson 
    • $10 
    • 1 d
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Fundraising team (2)

Betty Mulat 
Organizer
Raised $585 from 6 donations
Vancouver, BC
Tess Conrad 
Team member
Raised $40 from 1 donation
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