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

Please help us serve those who serve.
Please help us serve those who serve.

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Jan 26, 2021

Take an Hour for Give an Hour and Those you Love

Help the Hospital Hero in Your Life
Help the Hospital Hero in Your Life

“Wear a Mask. Wash your Hands. Stay 6’ apart.”

Medical professionals have taken care of us for a year – and have faced unbelievable trauma and emotional pain in doing so. Give an Hour’s Hospital Heroes program continues to help by providing free mental health counseling to medical staff on the COVID-19 frontlines.

Now it’s time for us to learn how to give back to them

Give an Hour hosted a virtual event on Martin Luther King Day National Day of Service.  This was an online discussion about our Hospital Heroes and about how everyone can volunteer by educating themselves and sharing the information with the hospital heroes in their lives and in their communities.

If you are a loved one, family member, colleague or friend of someone on the frontlines,  you can help. You don’t have to be a therapist. Learn to recognize the Five Signs of Emotional Suffering, about maintaining wellbeing through the Healthy Habits, and about being part of the community support system.

And you will learn to take care of your own mental wellbeing in the process. These are “survival skills” that all of us can use in the age of COVID-19.

How can we help? 

Take an hour for Give an Hour.  On MLK Day, our panel of experts talked about the mental health challenges facing those in a medical setting and how we can all learn how to identify and to recognize the Five Signs of Emotional Suffering, about maintaining wellbeing through the Healthy Habits and how to take care of your loved ones. 

Randy Phelps, PhD, Clinical Psychologist and Give an Hour CEO, led the discussion along with three other mental health experts.

If you missed the conversation, take an hour to watch our Zoom Recording.  Links below.

We prepared slides that you can view or download. Links below.

Give an Hour periodically hosts online events to offer help and help to the community.  We invite you to sign up for the Give an Hour newsletter to receive our communications in time to join us live.  You will be in the know and able to join our next event.   Links below.

Our Hospital heroes recieve 6 hours of free mental health services.  It is our hope that we can continue this vital service.  And hope that our GlobalGiving donors can support our efforts through your generous donations. Give an Hour is grateful to GlobalGiving for providing a platform to share our lifesaving work.   We appreciate our donors who give so generously throughout the year.   

Thank you.

Stay safe,

Randy Phelps, PhD.,CEO Give an Hour

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Oct 2, 2020

Tips for Coping with Fall Schedules During COVID

How to Cope During COVID-19
How to Cope During COVID-19

Being “back at school” has a different meaning this year. Life is certainly busy for many of us. Our routine and predictability of our lives and our children’s lives are changed. We face new challenges and barriers as children and teachers are confronted with learning in the classroom, virtual learning, hybrid or homeschooling.

When our normal routines are disrupted, we may feel anxious, agitated, concerned, stressed, and overwhelmed.

This is no different for our children.

Taking care of our mental health is as important as taking care of our physical health. There are things we can control and things we cannot control. We need to focus on what is in our control. Adults are role models for children. You may be feeling stressed but if you act calmly and confidently, children will follow your lead.

Depending on the age of your children, they will have different ways to cope. You will notice that pre-school, elementary and high school age children express their frustration and stress in different ways. While the feelings may be the same – the behaviors will be different.

It is important to remember that expectations of what your life would be and the reality of what life is now may not match. It is okay not to be okay with all of it. Our children feel the same.

“Give an Hour has developed resources that will help families cope during this difficult time” said Randy Phelps, PhD, CEO of Give an Hour. “It’s important to stay emotionally connected with your family in these uncertain times.” 

Please check out and share our “Back to School“ resource which focuses on creating healthy habits for fall planning.  You will also find additional resources available in the links listed.

Thank you to the GlobalGiving community for your continued support.

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