May 6, 2021

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

You're Invited to a Week to Change Direction
You're Invited to a Week to Change Direction

How Will You Show Mental Health is Important to You?

At Give an Hour, we have a lofty goal. We want to change the culture of mental health and educate everyone to pay attention to their mental health as much as they do their physical health.

During A Week to Change Direction - a week-long virtual event May 10-16,  we invite everyone around the world to share how they are taking care of their mental health. Check on someone you care about as well as check in with yourself. Give someone a call, set up a video chat, email, or text. Spend a few minutes when you wake up or before you go to sleep to ask yourself “how am I today?” Staying connected is a way that we can stay emotionally healthy. 

Encourage each other to make this a routine practice…start now…start in May..sign up here for A Week to Change Direction. With almost 25% of the global population – one in four - suffering from a mental disorder, early diagnosis and treatment is important. Share one of our translated Five Signs of Emotional Suffering posters. See links for free resources.

This year, A Week to Change Direction will host three online events: See links below to register.

Tuesday, May 11 at 2 PM EST: Twitter Chat: Coming out of the Pandemic: What’s Next for our Mental Health?

Wednesday, May 12 at 3 PM EST – Collective Impact: Communities Collaborating to Improve Mental Health

Thursday, May 13 at 3 PM EST - Importance of Mental Health and Wellbeing for a Professional Athlete   

A Week to Change Direction has been a success for many years, touching hundreds of thousands across the world.  This year is different. It will be much harder to reach the same amount of people virtually across the world without your help. 

Thank you GlobalGiving donors for your continued support.  Especially during May Mental Health awareness month, it is important to help inspire others to prioritize their mental health and create healthy habits. We’re all stronger together.  We thank you for your help to #ChangeDirection.

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May 6, 2021

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Give an Hour Provides Free Mental Health Services
Give an Hour Provides Free Mental Health Services

Together we will elevate and amplify the mental health conversation

As we are beginning to recover from the COVID-19 crisis, we must get ready to face the next one: the mental health crisis. As we are slowly emerging from a year of isolation, we encourage everyone to stay connected and stay mentally healthy.  

“This has been a difficult year for everyone.  Anxiety, depression and substance misuse have doubled in one year, affecting more than 40% of the U.S. population.  The need to care for our emotional health is as important as caring for our physical health,” said Randy Phelps, PhD., CEO of Give an Hour

Throughout our fifteen year history, Give an Hour has heard incredible stories of triumph and courage from those who have been on the frontlines, especially as they reclaim their mental health. It’s time to share some testaments of healing  – we need them more than ever. 

A disabled veteran who was matched with a Give an Hour mental health care provider shared:

I want to thank you for organizing this program to provide pro bono services to veterans. I am a service connected disabled veteran and the therapists we found through your program have been working with me and my family. I wholeheartedly believe they saved my life and marriage and I am thankful every day for you putting them in our paths.”

One of our mental health providers who volunteer their time at no cost shared: 

"I find it more meaningful than just a “Thank you for your service!”  Expressing gratitude certainly counts, but is starting to feel perfunctory to me—even when it’s meant. Giving a little time to help folks who have stepped up like these people have is more meaningful to me."

And now that we are coming out of the pandemic, we must ask ourselves what’s next for mental health? Give an Hour has created some tips to help you now in our latest one pager Coming Out of the Pandemic. You can sign up to download it and our other free resources here

What can you do to make an impact? 

Give an Hour is hosting a week-long virtual global event called A Week to Change Direction. Join us from May 10th to May 16th to change the culture of mental health by encouraging everyone to stay emotionally healthy. In these times, this event is more important than ever.

This has been a successful event for many years, touching hundreds of thousands across the world, but this year is different. It will be much harder to reach the same amount of people virtually across the world without your help. 

During A Week to Change Direction, we invite you to share our free resources: we’ll be asking everyone to complete five critical steps to change the culture of mental health for Military and Veterans, Healthy Habits, Five Signs of Emotional Welling.

Register for A Week to Change Direction – tell us how you’re changing the culture of mental health. 

Thank you to our GlobalGiving donors who continue to support our project.  Together we will elevate and amplify the culture of mental health.

Join us A Week to Change Direction
Join us A Week to Change Direction
Join our Twitter Chat.  Share your thoughts.
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Randy Phelps, PhD, CEO Give an Hour
Randy Phelps, PhD, CEO Give an Hour
Working Together to Improve Mental Health Webinar
Working Together to Improve Mental Health Webinar
Professional Athletes talk about Mental Health
Professional Athletes talk about Mental Health

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Feb 2, 2021

Look Ahead with Give an Hour to 2021

Give an Hour Continues to Serve Those Who Serve
Give an Hour Continues to Serve Those Who Serve

Dear GlobalGiving Supporters,

2020 was an extraordinary year for all. With COVID-19 gripping the world, nearly half of Americans report that the coronavirus crisis has harmed their mental health. Before COVID, 20% of Americans suffered from a mental health condition during any given year. But those numbers have doubled during the pandemic, with over 40% of adults now reporting depression, anxiety and substance use problems Suicidal ideation is up among young people, with 1 in 4 people ages 18-24 yrs. seriously considering suicide in the prior 30 days.

The need to care for emotional health during this pandemic is as important as caring for physical health.

Through our network of 4,500 licensed mental health professionals who volunteer their services, Give an Hour has provided over 330,000 hours of free care to veterans, U.S. service members and their families.

In addition to addressing increased needs for mental health services in the military and veteran communities due to COVID-19, Give an Hour started a new program to provide free counseling to COVID hospital workers through our Hospital Heroes and First Responders First programs. And, since our clients have been unable to see therapists in person, we doubled the capacity of our volunteer mental health professionals to provide virtual counseling. 

“I didn’t realize how much I was truly struggling until I met with my provider.” – Give an Hour client

Our Hospital Heroes program offers free mental health treatment to front line hospital workers and their loved ones. The treatment is available to both clinical personnel and non-direct care hospital employees. 

“I was having a lot of anxiety and anger through it all. Talking to someone about my experiences and what was going on truly has helped me.” - Give an Hour client

Give an Hour launched the  Emotional Life Skills (ELS) training program, a psychoeducational group model about early identification of emotional suffering, self-care and the use of support systems. Due to COVID, we converted ELS to an online format, and continue to deliver it in diverse venues including hospitals, schools, prisons, and for victims of gun violence and wildfires. We are currently rolling out a version for businesses called ELS at Work, which will be widely available in fiscal year 2021. 

Looking ahead to 2021, Give an Hour will focus on the three pillars that support our 15-years of success of providing free and confidential mental health care to the military and veteran community.

  • Increasing access to free mental health services for high risk populations
  • Providing mental health education for early identification and prevention of emotional suffering  
  • Changing the negative culture of mental health 

Give an Hour (GAH) is a small mental health nonprofit with a big impact nationally, and we are very engaged in helping during this pandemic. Our work to help improve the mental health and emotional wellbeing of all.

We are grateful to the generosity of our GlobalGiving donors.    I look forward to sharing Give an Hour’s accomplishments with you on a more regular basis. To that end, please sign up for our newsletter at https://bit.ly/2UXoVY2

We know that times are tough right now, but please consider donating to Give an Hour so that we can continue to maintain our vital programs. Thank you.

Stay Safe,

Randy Phelps, PhD, CEO Give an Hour

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