BLACK MEN THERAPY FUND
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black men's therapy fund
Black Men's Therapy Fund is a Trans and Black-led Fund focused on supporting the urgent mental health needs of Black men across intersections. Our organization provides support through professional psychology and therapeutic services, educational resources, workshops and discussion groups, advocacy, and the creative arts, ensuring that more men, especially those most marginalized, are equipped with the right tools, resources, and support needed to care for their mental well-being.
For years, Black men in Canada have disproportionately faced challenges in receiving the mental health support they need due to cultural barriers, traditional conceptions of masculinity, damaging racial stereotypes, stigma, economic status, and lack of affordable and/or adequate resources. This reality is only further compounded for Black men, especially Black Trans, gay, and differently-abled men, who may be more vulnerable to factors that are linked to poorer mental health outcomes such as; unemployment, housing insecurity, poverty, police brutality, criminalization, and discrimination.
Recently, there has been a notable rise in individual and collective movements to challenge these harmful trends and highlight the importance of Black men’s psychological and emotional wellness. Despite these efforts, access to quality mental health and psychosocial support remains an enormous barrier.
Our vision is to cultivate a future whereby Black men, especially those most vulnerable, can heal from past traumas, cultivate joy for themselves and their communities, and achieve their full potential.
The Black Men's Therapy Fund is guided by five main principles:
Community-based systems of intentional care and holistic responses towards an individuals well-being is an investment into collective well-being
Healing and wellness isn't linear, it's a spectrum. There's many strategies for healing and you can put whatever works for you in your toolbox. This includes but not limited to; gardening, books, bubble baths, therapy, yoga, dance, listening to music and meditation.
Healing and wellness can only progress while addressing health inequalities, intergenerational patterns of harm, ideas about manhood and masculinities, racism, financial barriers, inequities in the criminal legal system, misogynoir, ablism, gender inequality, homophobia, transphobia, and other issues that create barriers towards the wellness of the Black community.
Mental wellness should not be determined by an individual’s economic status.
Mental well-being should not be determined by economic capacity
Mental health organizations/supports that isolate individuals are not effective in transforming the well-being of men.
Black men are deserving of safe, happy and healthy lives; in addition, access to tools, resources and communities that help and encourage accountability and healing with a harm reduction approach and intentional care.
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