This year feels like a pretty awful time to be alive, while this may seem like a bad thing to say, Alicia Montgomery and her non-profit organization, The Qween Foundation, have revolutionized the conversation around mental health and mental illness. Today, women and girls across the world know that it is okay not to be okay, and it is okay to seek help.
The Qween Foundation was born out of Alicia’s journey towards surviving her battle on the stigma around mental health. Because of the shame that has been placed around mental health and wellness, it took her four long years – after she survived her suicide attempt – to have the courage to step forward and get the help she needed and go to therapy.
Like Alicia, many women and girls across the world are ashamed to admit they need help and want to go to therapy. People seem to be very critical when they hear someone is seeing a therapist. This sad reality is a reminder that going to therapy is not as acceptable or as normalized as going to a doctor’s appointment, and she is working to change exactly that. This is how The Qween Foundation started.
Today, the Qween Foundation is an organization that helps women around the world deal with mental health by eliminating the stigma and shame that has been placed around mental health and wellness. For Alicia, going to therapy is actually a very courageous and strong thing to do, and women and girls need to know that. The journey towards healing always starts with openness and vulnerability, and that’s what Alicia hopes to spread through this foundation.
More than just a platform to spread awareness on the importance of mental health and that seeking help is okay, Alicia and The Qween Foundation has created strong initiatives to further the conversation on mental health.
Finding a therapist is a huge step in taking charge of our mental health, yet meeting with a therapist every week is a commitment and can be very expensive. With that, The Qween Foundation provides affordable therapy to women and girls who need it. They also take extra steps to destigmatize mental health and prevent suicide by providing resources, tools, and support on their online platforms.
Writing has always been considered a form of therapy, and so they started their Pink Pen Project. Luxury gift sets are sent out to women and girls struggling with mental health. The sets include a Pink Pen, journal, special gift, and a motivational card from Alicia, herself.
They also have a self-care club where they encourage and engage in stress-relieving activities such as dancing, pottery making, art therapy, yoga, painting, and women empowerment events. Most importantly, they fund scholarships to senior year students studying psychology or counseling.
Alicia has gone a long way since then from finding the courage to go to therapy and finding the spark to start her foundation. She is now changing the lives of women and girls across the world. Even then, she still has a lot of things to do, and through her foundation, she hopes we will be one step closer to a society that seeks help when we want and need to without the shame and stigma.
To learn more about The Qween Foundation, visit their website.