Since 2017, Sad Girls Club has been healing young Black women globally by creating community, providing access to resources and shifting the narrative around mental wellness.
We're that sweet spot of unbiased support between your friends and family. Your mental health is our priority and we have supported tens of thousands through in-person and digital events, free programing and curating culturally inviting safe spaces for the Black and BIPOC population.
Our next priority is to provide 1:1 therapy to those who can't afford it, but who need it the most. People of color aren't getting the right treatment because they aren't trauma-informed—an essential tool towards recovery and resilience.
Eight of 10 people in the Cost of Therapy Survey organized by Very Well Mind felt that therapy was a good investment. But even those whose care was covered in part by insurance reported concerns about continuing to afford it. Christine M. Crawford, M.D., MPH, Assistant Medical Director at NAMI says that being able to connect with a mental health professional who can embody the experiences of women of color can be really vital to getting help. But women of color have very few options when choosing a mental health provider of color. In fact, according to a data-point study published in 2020 by the American Psychological Association (APA), less than 5 percent of mental-health providers were Black. Asian providers made up about 4 percent, as did Hispanic providers. As the APA points out, the racial breakdown of providers does not reflect the makeup of the U.S., which poses a problem.
We acknowledge that we need to grow a community of supporters to realize our vision, and to ensure we’re providing quality and effective therapy.
This crowdfunding campaign allows us to:
- Share our purpose for Sad Girls Club & Remedy with the world.
- Build our community of supporters.
- Raise the funds we need to continue to grow our mission with Remedy.
Remedy will be a catalyst for the 80 million+ BIPOC women and men who can't afford talk therapy.
Remedy will grant quarterly therapy scholarships that prioritize Black women and the BIPOC population through 1-on-1 talk therapy with a safe space to cope, express themselves and seek professional advice without having the burden of costs. Funding will go directly towards therapy scholarships and operational costs.
What are our next steps?
* October 10th, 2022: Open up entrees for the Remedy scholarship
* December, 2022 : Select number of recipients to receive the Remedy scholarship in Q1 2023
* January 2023: Kickoff the scholarship by hosting our first community event
We're a small but mighty team of 3, thank you for helping us heal with pride.
Sad Girls Club was founded by Elyse Fox after releasing a documentary film about her life living with depression. Elyse immediately experienced a wave of young women from all over the world who were seeking mentorship, tips, and resources to guide them through their own mental health struggles.
Elyse is also a director, activist and tastemaker living in New York City. You may have read her name in bylines for Vogue Magazine, Forbes and Broadly to name a few. Through her efforts to create access and community within the mental health world, Elyse has partnered with Nike, Harvard University, The U.S. Intelligence Community, Instagram and many more. Her mission is to connect communities, spread awareness, and access to resources through vulnerability, gathering, and storytelling.