Psychotherapist Saleemah McNeil raises more than $76,000 to provide free therapy to people of color

Written by on June 23, 2020

Psychotherapist Saleemah McNeil raises more than $76,000 to provide free therapy to people of color

By Tracy Yatsko

June 23, 2020

A local psychotherapist has been on a mission since June 3 to raise funds to provide free therapy to people of color in the wake of the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breanna Taylor and George Floyd.

It started with $5,000. That’s how much Oshun Family Center founder Saleemah McNeil asked the community to donate to her organization. The funds support mental health services for the Black community and focus on healing racial trauma.

“We have about 39 people right now who are receiving services or already scheduled to receive their first round of therapy services. And so we are spread across eight different therapists in three different practices for providing the services to the Black community.” 

McNeil says the community has really stepped up and raised more than $76,000 to support counseling services. In addition, she’s asking everyone to help amplify Black voices during this time.

“I think it’s really important for our white allies to understand that in this moment, within a movement, it shouldn’t slow down, we continuously need your support. Because we now see today, what it looks like for us to band together and really get things done.”

The Oshun Family Center has received more than 100 inquiries for help, and are working through that list now to get everyone the services they need.

To help donate for free mental health services for the Black community, click the links below.
paypal.me/oshunfamctr
Oshun Family Center Instagram and Website
Maternal Wellness Village Instagram

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