We use your monetary donations to purchase Black-affirming personal care items for psychiatric patients.
"A patient was here and he had nothing. When it came time to discharge him we were able to give him socks, underwear, and a T-shirt from your donations. He said it had been a while since he was able to get a new pair of underwear. Your donation made it possible for us to help a patient in need."
-Staff Member at Moses Cone Alamance County Behavioral Health Hospital
When I was hospitalized, I had nothing but the clothes I came in with. I was literally wearing my trauma.
When I first asked a staff member what patients wanted for their April drop off, I was surprised that the first request they had was Chapstick. We are in the middle of a global crisis, but small things like giving Chapstick can help people care for their bodies and live with dignity.
As a nonprofit, Depressed While Black receives a wish list from psychiatric patients and staff and then donates these items each month. Depressed While Black is currently providing this service for Moses Cone Alamance Regional Behavioral Health Hospital in Burlington, NC and Cone Health Behavioral Health Hospital in Greensboro, NC.
Depressed While Black also provides Black beauty supply kits for psychiatric patients where each individual kit includes all-natural travel-size shampoo, conditioner, hair oil, and shea body butter. The kit also includes chapstick, a satin bonnet, a wave cap, a wide-tooth comb, and a handle-less brush. These items are sourced from Black-owned businesses.
As a trial run, Black haircare and skincare items were mailed to Columbia University Psychiatry in October 2020 and sent to UNC Psychiatry's Adolescent Unit in November 2020.
Would you like to send a Wish List or are you a business owner wanting to donate your items or offer them at a reduced price? Contact DepressedWhileBlack@gmail.com
100% of donations are used for the Wish List program. Donate at depressedwhileblack.kindful.com.
This is what Depressed While Black gave in
Cone Health Behavioral Health Greensboro
148 Sock pairs
Alamance Regional Behavioral Health
36 Stress balls
72 Flip Flop pairs
48 Composition Books
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