Every Friday The Foundry Home Goods donates 5% of our total sales to a different community-nominated small-and-mighty cause. This Friday's Foundry Giving Friday recipient? Headway Emotional Health Services!
Headway Emotional Health Services is a Twin Cities non-profit working towards empowering humans of all ages to live emotionally healthy lives. The good stuff. The purest basics of living well and with intention.
There is an unnecessary and harmful American propensity to categorize "Mental Health" in terms of disorder vs. order, illness and stigma vs. "just fine, just fine, nothing to see here!!!!", but Mental Health (just like every single other kind of health) is an absolutely crucial part of every person's holistic wellbeing, no matter how old, no matter how damaged (or "not), no matter how broke.
And, just like every single other kind of health, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. With a team made up of over 300 therapists, mental health experts, and staff working privately, publicly, in schools, and across the Twin Cities, Headway Emotional Health Services works to connect children, families, and communities with the care they need to achieve and maintain emotionally healthy lives. This is called "Good Mental Hygiene" and it is especially crucial now—these times of heightened emotion, increased uncertainty, valid anxiety, and a general trauma-rich environment make it clear: we can only do the work if we have the tools to do the work.
Access to appropriate Mental Health care—the "tools"—can be a hurdle even for those of us with ample resources and "good insurance" (which, in our experience STILL means infuriatingly poor "mental health" coverage or institutional compassion, see above viz systematic stigma). For those without access to insurance/networks of support, the barriers to entry are even greater. And, of course, in the classic American Catch22, the systemic issues that limit access to care are the exact same ones that foster cyclical trauma and deep emotional burdens. It's the people that can't get the care that could benefit from it the most.
A "social enterprise" that focuses on many possibilities for culturally and individually appropriate avenues of care, Headway believes that financial status or life situation should never bar anyone from getting the help they need to live their best lives. From demystifying and maximizing insurance to a sliding scale payment and compensation model (funded by donations just like this one), Headway wants everyone to get the care they deserve. It's just a dang good place and resource for literally anyone to connect with a pathway towards healing. See more (and some great mental health/self-care memes for the win!) here.
We are pleased and proud to support this good work this Foundry Giving Friday! If you don't need anything from us, consider supporting Headway directly If you DO find yourself in need of beeswax or bulk supplies, know that your purchase goes to support good change happening on the community level.
Thanks to Lisa for the stellar nomination!
If YOU have a worthy cause to nominate for our Foundry Giving Friday initiative, pop on over to our Nomination Page and drop us a line. We're all in this together.