My name is David Holland and I am the President of SHAD3S Foundation Inc in Memphis Tennessee, and this is my GoFundMe Story.
SHAD3S Foundation Inc is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to help those in the LGBTQ community in the Memphis area who need mental health care and don’t know where or how to access it. Not only will we assist them in getting the care they need, but we will also help pay for said care. We believe no one should have to go about this alone.
But why are we focusing on the LGBTQ community?
LGBTQ individuals are almost 3 times more likely than others to experience a mental health condition such as major depression or generalized anxiety disorder. This fear of coming out and being discriminated against for sexual orientation and gender identities can lead to depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, thoughts of suicide and substance abuse. LGBTQ people must confront stigma and prejudice based on their sexual orientation or gender identity while also dealing with the societal bias against mental health conditions. Some people report having to hide their sexual orientation from those in the mental health system for fear of being ridiculed or rejected. Some hide their mental health conditions from their LGBTQ friends. As a community, LGBTQ individuals do not often talk about mental health and may lack awareness about mental health conditions. This sometimes prevents people from seeking the treatment and support that they need to get better.
Our initial focus is in the Memphis area, however, we plan to grow into other cities and states as the years progress.
The money we are raising is going to go towards:
Assistance in mental health care for clients.
Office space and utilities.
SHAD3S Foundation Inc greatly appreciates any money you can give so we can help strengthen the Memphis LGBTQ community.
SHAD3S Foundation Inc