Give an Hour

Give an Hour was founded to meet the mental health needs of the troops and families affected by the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Over 300,000 returning troops suffer from severe depression or PTSD, over 320,000 have suffered a traumatic brain injury, and only half have sought treatment.) Licensed mental health providers commit to donate an hour of free counseling per week.

Give an Hour
PO Box 5918
Bethesda, MD 20824
United States
240-668-4365
http://www.giveanhour.org

President

Barbara Van Dahlen

Management Team

Barbara Van Dahlen, Elizabeth Hurwit, Laura Walsh

Board of Directors

Robert McFarlane, Douglas Wolfire, Brian Nichols, Fred C Knowles, Barbara Van Dahlen, Patricia L Bowditch, Justine Constantine, Charles Engel, Mark Graham, James S Byrne, Bruce Shuttleworth

Project Leaders

Sally Charney

Mission

Give an Hour was founded to meet the mental health needs of the troops and families affected by the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Over 300,000 returning troops suffer from severe depression or PTSD, over 320,000 have suffered a traumatic brain injury, and only half have sought treatment.) Licensed mental health providers commit to donate an hour of free counseling per week.

Programs

Military personnel and their loved ones seeking help through Give an Hour are given a list of providers located near their homes or bases and make their own appointments directly with the providers. There are no claims or forms to fill out. This system provides convenience, flexibility, privacy, and almost instant connection with a provider instead of long waits that could exacerbate problems. GAH's volunteers also offer outreach to educate and reduce stigma associated with seeking counseling.

Statistics on Give an Hour

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2013: $1,900,000
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $2,000,000
  • Other funding sources: Foundations, individual donors, corporations
  • Religious Affiliation: none

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