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


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.


Sep 30, 2020

Give an Hour Provides Mental Health Services

Give an Hour Serves the Military
Give an Hour Serves the Military


Give an Hour Provides Mental Health Services to Veterans, Service Members  and their Families

COVID-19 is affecting the lives of every person in the world. As Americans, we know our service members  and veterans have been on the front lines of dealing with extraordinary challenges for generations and the coronavirus is no different. These men and women have been protecting our nation and sacrificing so much since the moment that they took their oath.

Many of our veterans have answered the nation’s call to service again … as first responders. Did you know that 20 PERCENT of our first responders are veterans and in some areas are 50 PERCENT?

That is one of the reasons that for more than 15 years, Give an Hour and the Campaign to Change Direction have provided more than 325,000 hours of pro bono mental health services to veterans, service members and their loved ones. 

In response to the pandemic, Give an Hour’s network of licensed therapists  is providing free virtual mental health services for veterans, service members, and families at a time when many can't meet up in person due to social distancing regulations. 

Give an Hour has also created free COVID-19 resources such as the Healthy Habits of Emotional Wellbeing that are available to our military community.  

If you know a veteran or service member who might benefit from our FREE resources  and counseling, please share our website. 

“Give an Hour has been helping the veteran and military community for fifteen years.  We remain committed to serve those who serve during this difficult time.” said Randy Phelps, PhD., CEO of Give an Hour. “Thank you to the GlobalGiving community for supporting our vital work.”

Give an Hour Grateful to our Providers
Give an Hour Grateful to our Providers


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