Jun 8, 2020

Give an Hour Provides Free Mental Health Services

Do you know a Hospital Hero in NY, NJ or CT?
Do you know a Hospital Hero in NY, NJ or CT?

Give an Hour Provides Free Mental Health Services to Frontline Hospital Workers During Covid-19 in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut

Give an Hour, a national nonprofit that provides free mental health services to veterans, servicemembers and their families, has extended its free services to frontline hospital workers who are suffering stress and trauma in the battle against COVID-19. Last month, Give an Hour opened its network of volunteer mental health professionals to these heroic workers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of Americans are experiencing trauma, depression, grief, and anxiety. We know from prior disasters that existing mental health disorders may worsen and that many more people will suffer.

Give an Hour’s no cost mental health services will be available to all hospital-based essential employees in the three-state area, including both clinical personnel offering direct care to patients, as well as non-clinical, non-direct care hospital employees. The employee’s loved ones qualify as well.

“We have all watched as New York City has become the U.S. epicenter of the COVID-19 crisis. And we have seen a new group of American heroes emerge – frontline hospital personnel,” said Randy Phelps, PhD., CEO of Give an Hour.

Give an Hour will provide no-cost counseling to essential hospital-based employees – and their loved ones - both during the pandemic and after to help manage trauma responses in some of the most significantly affected states. It is our hope that with additional support, Give an Hour will be able to extend services to other states.

The Give an Hour Hospital Heroes program welcomes fully licensed providers from all mental health disciplines to join us in NY, NJ and CT. These states have temporarily allowed providers throughout the country to assist in this initiative through telehealth. Give an Hour will also be launching clinician volunteer recruitment efforts throughout health provider networks across the U.S. to fortify its capabilities for the current crisis and the future. 

While COVID-19 affects us physically, the stress of this disease is also creating mental trauma, especially to those that are diligently working on the front lines each and every day. The impact of isolation, fear, uncertainty and loss can be just as deadly as the virus itself.

For fifteen years, Give an Hour has provided free and confidential mental health services to another group of heroes servicemembers, veterans, and their loved ones. 

Give an Hour is proud to step up for this new group of heroes who are also risking their lives to save others. This is a trying time for all of us, but if we help care for each other we can prevent more suffering and can overcome this crisis together.

If you are a mental health provider and would like to join this effort, please visit: 


If you would like to support this vital program, please donate to our project on GlobalGiving.

Thank you to our GlobalGiving donors who continue to support our efforts during this difficult time.


Jun 8, 2020

Give an Hour Releases International Resources

Give an Hour Translated Materials
Give an Hour Translated Materials

Five Signs of Emotional Suffering Now Available in 11 Languages 

Last month, during Mental Health Awareness Month, Give an Hour launched the 2nd Annual Week to Change Direction on May 18 – 24th.  This virtual event shined a light on how people around the world are taking care of their mental health. Even though many of us are still experiencing social distancing due to the Coronavirus pandemic, people participated in their own virtual events that encouraged others to stay connected and stay mentally healthy. We had participation from 32 countries and all 50 states who shared a Healthy Habit of Emotional Well-being, downloaded one of our Coronavirus resources, or our 11 translations of the Five Signs of Emotional Suffering. 

Through Give an Hour’s Campaign to Change Direction, we have created a common language that allows us to recognize five key signs of emotional suffering in ourselves and others and encourages us to care for our mental well-being and the mental well-being of others.  

During A Week to Change Direction, we were proud to announce that our Five Signs of Emotional Suffering resource is available now in 11 languages: English, Arabic, Czech, Georgian, Hebrew, Nepali, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Turkish and Ukraini.  We invite everyone, especially our GlobalGiving friends and donors around the world to. visit our website and share this free resource. We would love to see how you use the resources.  It is so very important to now – more than ever – to stay emotionally healthy during this difficult time.   Please share on your social media platforms using #ChangeDirection.

“At Give an Hour, we have a lofty goal,” said Randy Phelps, PhD, CEO of Give an Hour. “We want to change the culture of mental health by educating everyone to pay attention to their mental health as much as they do their physical health”. 

Give an Hour is grateful to the GlobalGiving donors who support our project. Together, we can change the culture of mental health around the world. 

Thank you.


Feb 26, 2020

A Global Conversation on Mental Health Culture Change

If your loved one could talk to you one last time, they may tell you something like this -

“I didn’t do this to hurt you. I never wanted to do anything that would hurt you. I was feeling so much pain. There was nothing you could have done differently to help me or to keep me alive. There was nothing you did that made me do this. The pain I felt ran so deep inside of me—through my bones, my veins, my skin, through every fiber of my being...”
-- Change Direction Jam Participant

On October 10-11, 2019, the Campaign to Change Direction, led by Give an Hour hosted the Change Direction Jam: A Global Conversation on Mental Health Culture Change. The Jam created a global opportunity for thought leaders, advocates, policy makers and those with lived experience to share ideas about how best to address mental health issues and challenges, including trauma, suicide, and substance abuse.

Online conversations took place under the umbrella of five topics – Education & Suicide Prevention, Culture & Access Barriers, Trauma, Work Environment and Policy – designed to engage and encourage participants to think differently about how we respond to and treat mental illness, and about how we encourage well-being.

In December, the findings and recommendations of the Change Direction Jam: A Global Conversation on Mental Health Culture Change were released and we would like to share them now with our GlobalGiving donors.
More than 2,250 individuals registered for the event. Almost 1,000 participants representing all 50 states (including Puerto Rico) and Mexico, Canada and Australia, engaged in 280 conversations generating 2,000 comments. There were 8 content categories: Corporate, Faith-based, healthcare and service delivery, GBTQ, Military and Veteran, Policy, Sports & Entertainment and Youth.

“As survivors, we have been given the gift of empathy and now we can use what seemed to be the worst in our lives to help others foster understanding and healing and overcome stigma."     - Change Direction Jam Participant

We are proud of our work to change mental health and are excited to share this report with our GlobalGiving donors, our partners and supporters.  To read the report or learn more about the Jam, go to the link at the end of this report.

As you know, Give an Hour is committed to improving mental health broadly, through both its free mental health services and its public health initiative, the Campaign to Change Direction.

Many participated in this amazing conversation and your support helped to make this event a success. We are grateful for the time, expertise and experiences people lent over the two-day event. It is our hope that these conversations will guide our next steps together to change the culture of mental health where we work, where we live and where we play.

Thank you for your generous contributions to #ChangeMentalHealth.

Conversations Can Help Others
Conversations Can Help Others
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