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 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.

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Randy Phelps, PhD, CEO Give an Hour
Randy Phelps, PhD, CEO Give an Hour
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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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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.”

COVID-19
COVID-19
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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: 

https://giveanhour.org/hospitalheroes/ 

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.

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