Free Counseling for Military Families across U.S.

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Free Counseling for Military Families across U.S.
Free Counseling for Military Families across U.S.
Free Counseling for Military Families across U.S.
Free Counseling for Military Families across U.S.
Free Counseling for Military Families across U.S.
Free Counseling for Military Families across U.S.
Free Counseling for Military Families across U.S.
Free Counseling for Military Families across U.S.
Free Counseling for Military Families across U.S.
Free Counseling for Military Families across U.S.
Free Counseling for Military Families across U.S.
Free Counseling for Military Families across U.S.
Free Counseling for Military Families across U.S.
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

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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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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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.


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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
Be Part of the Conversations. Please Donate.
Be Part of the Conversations. Please Donate.


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Give a Gift of Emotional Well-Being
Give a Gift of Emotional Well-Being

Licensed Mental Health Volunteer Network Tops 300,000 Hours for Free Mental Health Services

Give an Hour® is excited to announce that we are ending the year marking an incredible milestone. Our Give an Hour licensed mental health providers have just topped 300,000 hours valued at $30 million dollars of free mental health services. We couldn’t be prouder!

Since 2005, Give an Hour a national nonprofit has provided pro-bono mental health services to veterans, military and their loved ones. In 2015, Give an Hour expanded mental health services to address mental health needs of other populations including at-risk teens, survivors of gun violence, and those affected by natural and man-made disasters. Because of the expertise and dedication of our providers, Give an Hour has the capacity to extend our care and to help those who are experiencing grief, loss and anxiety.

“I’m here today to tell you that it’s okay to get help, that it’s okay to reach out. No matter what problems you may be experiencing or how little they seem. Admitting that, and connecting with a Give an Hour Therapist, changed my life.”
-Give an Hour client

Give an Hour providers are licensed mental health professionals who have agreed to provide services in their areas of expertise. They generously donate one hour per week for a minimum of one year to provide mental health support at no charge to our clients.

“Being a Give An Hour Provider is a small way for this civilian, daughter of a veteran, child who grew up watching the Vietnam War on the six o’clock news, to support, honor and stay connected with people who are guided “by the angels of their better nature” when asked to do the unexpected and sometimes even the impossible. As a GAH provider, I am privileged to work with individuals and families and to be of service to my community. Each presentation, each collaboration is an opportunity to create a conversation about mental health and wellness to veterans and their loved ones as well as community partners.”
-Give an Hour Provider

Emotional pain is part of our experience as human beings. Our goal is to ensure that even more resources will be devoted to understanding and addressing the mental health conditions that affect 1 in 4 of us. 

Everyone is encouraged to pay attention to their emotional well-being which is just as important as our physical well-being. 

Everyone has the opportunity to give -- whether as a mental health provider, a volunteer or donor.

“Give an Hour is so grateful to our provider network, our volunteers, and our Global Giving donors who made this possible. Through their dedication and support we are able to provide services to those who may not otherwise receive it,” said Randy Phelps, PhD and CEO of Give an Hour. “It’s especially meaningful that we reached this milestone during the holiday season!” 

As we approach the end of the year, we ask you to please consider providing hope and help to those in need.

Give an Hour wishes our friends and donors a happy holiday season and all the best in 2020.


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