The event served as a heartfelt acknowledgment of BIPOC therapists, mental health leaders, board members, employees, and sponsors who contribute to the foundation’s mission of bringing healing to Black women.
During the opening speech, Rachel Cargle emphasized the foundation’s unique approach, stating:
This impact is crucial as African Americans are statistically more likely to experience psychological distress, with Black women facing additional barriers like mistrust of medical systems and discrimination.
Loveland Foundation‘s CEO, Sharlene Kemler, highlighted the organization’s commitment to destigmatizing mental wellness, creating generational change, and offering support for various life challenges.
To further its mission, the foundation supports BIPOC therapists with access to professional development, recognizing the limited representation within mental health professions. Nationally, only a small percentage of psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and professional counselors are Black.
As Sharlene Kemler expressed:
“I am so excited that we are able to celebrate our amazing community of wellness experts who have gotten us all through some really hard times. And one of the things that the Loveland Foundation has really observed is that the holidays are really hard.”
As the foundation continues to make strides, individuals looking to contribute or recommend its services are encouraged to visit their website and share within their communities.