Free mental health counseling from Sonoma County’s Black Therapy Fund
The Black Therapy Fund is accepting applications for free mental health counseling in Sonoma County. The fund will provide 230 Sonoma County residents with up to 12 free video counseling sessions with culturally competent therapists. The program is designed to help address the mental health toll on the county’s Black community and a shortage of local Black therapists.
The initiative is managed by the Sonoma County Black Forum in partnership with the NAACP Santa Rosa-Sonoma County Branch. The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors provided $574,200 to launch the program, which is one of 27 community-based programs allocated funding through the American Rescue Plan Act.
The Black community has suffered disproportionately during the pandemic and from institutional violence, and the program aims to support their health and well-being. The program is especially important given that Black Americans are more likely to suffer from anxiety, depression, and physical and emotional challenges due to repeated racism and discrimination. Participants in the program will receive up to 12 free telehealth counseling sessions with culturally competent therapists.
If you or someone you know could benefit from free therapy via the Black Therapy Fund, apply online at https://form.jotform.com/221794624969068. Patients can access the care they need quickly through the streamlined application process. The fund will accept applications until the roster is full.