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Over 350 registered projects in 42 countries and 43 states in the U.S. participated in A Week to Change Direction on June 9 – 15th.

Our goal was to increase knowledge, raise awareness and increase support for efforts that are working to change the culture of mental health globally so that all in need receive the care and support they deserve.

Give an Hour is a national non-profit organization that has been providing free mental health services and working to change the culture of mental health since 2005. A Week to Change Direction, a global public education initiative was a dedicated week of action, advocacy and culture change around mental health, held on June 9 – 15th.

“A Week to Change Direction is just the beginning of the huge movement towards mental health awareness!”

Organizations, corporations, universities, communities, and individuals were encouraged to educate their communities on the Five Signs of Emotional Suffering, which are personality change, agitation, withdrawal, poor self-care, and hopelessness, and to take-action in their communities to remove the barriers that prevent those in need from seeking and receiving care.

As part of A Week to Change Direction, participating organizations and individuals were empowered to become part of the solution by taking actions that raise awareness in their communities. Participation from high-profile organizations including Facebook, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute and its Okay to Say campaign, IBM, Aetna, Florida State University and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“We know this is just the beginning of an amazing movement to continue the conversations to change direction.”

A Week to Change Direction was a global effort with projects registered in 42 countries including Australia, Burundi, Canada, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Italy, India, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Turkey, Tanzania, United Kingdom, Uganda, and the United States.

“Mental health disorders are increasing in every country around the world and are expected to cost the global economy $16 trillion by 2030. While we are beginning to see a shift in perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors, there is much more that needs to be done to save lives and resources,” said Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D., Founder, and President of Give an Hour. “We are honored to have hosted the first-ever globally-coordinated week-long effort focused on changing the way we think about, talk about and address mental health, emotional well-being and mental illness.”

During A Week to Change Direction and all year long, VA’s partnership with Give an Hour expands our ability to reach Veterans with lifesaving resources and support where they live, work and thrive.

In addition we created 27M impressions and reached 10M using #ChangeDirection!

A Week to Change Direction is part of a broader public health initiative called the Campaign to Change Direction, which was launched by Give an Hour in 2015. The effort began in the United States and is now being adopted in other countries, with 700 partners worldwide.

The Campaign to Change Direction encourages everyone to know the Five Signs of Emotional Suffering. Those who see the signs of emotional suffering in themselves or someone they love are encouraged to reach out and seek – or offer – help.

“This is something very close to my heart. Let’s change direction together and end the stigma of mental health.” 

The conversation will continue on World Mental Health Day on October 10th 2019. Please visit www.changedirection.org for details.

Together we can #ChangeMentalHealth.

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Join us for A Week to Change Direction - June 9th
Join us for A Week to Change Direction - June 9th

June 9 - 15, 2019  

Give an Hour is very excited about our first ever GLOBALLY coordinated event to change the culture of mental health! And, we’d like for you to join us!

During A Week to Change Direction we are encouraging individuals, corporations and non-profits to engage in activities that best reflect their unique strengths, skills and passion in order to increase knowledge, raise awareness and increase support for efforts that are working to change the culture of mental health globally so that all in need receive the care and support they deserve.

Give an Hour’s (501 c3) mission is to develop networks of skill-based volunteers capable of responding to both acute and chronic conditions prevalent within society. Since 2005, the non-profit organization has provided free mental health services to U.S. service members, veterans and their families. In 2016, Give an Hour began expanding our efforts to address the mental health needs of other at risk or underserved populations including at risk teens, survivors of gun violence, victims of human trafficking and those affected by natural and man-made disasters. Thus far, Give an Hour has donated over 277,000 hours of free care to those in need valued at nearly $28M.

The Campaign to Change Direction – which launched in 2015 – is a public health initiative focused on changing the culture of mental health so that all in need receive the care and support they deserve. Change Direction encourages everyone to care for their mental well-being just as they do their physical well-being. In addition, Change Direction addresses common barriers to understanding mental health and encourages everyone to Know the Five Signs of Emotional Suffering that may indicate someone is in emotional pain and needs help: change in personality, agitation, withdrawal, decline in personal care, and hopelessness.

Mental Health is critical to everyone and one out of four people worldwide have a diagnoseable mental health condition. Unfortunately, limited funding, resources and Cultural stereotypes prevent people from receiving help when they need it.

According to the World Economic Forum, mental illness will account for more than half of the economic burden of disease over the next two decades – more than cancer, diabetes, and chronic respiratory diseases combined.

Between 76% and 85% of people with mental health conditions receive no treatment in low- and middle-income countries. In high income countries, between 35% and 50% people with mental disorders receive no treatment.

A Week to Change Direction will be a week of action, advocacy, culture change and fundraising for organizations, corporations, universities, communities, and individual. ADD LINK:: https://www.changedirection.org/a-week-to-change-direction/

What Can You Do?
• Our goal is to raise awareness and increase support for efforts that are working to change the culture of mental health globally – so that all in need receive the care and support they deserve!
• Partner organizations and individuals will engage in activities they choose that best reflect their unique strengths, skills and passions.
• We ask that you share the Five Signs of Emotional Suffering with your network during your activities – and the rest is up to you!!
• Host a Global Giving Fundraiser benefiting Give an Hour during A Week to Change Direction. https://www.globalgiving.org/donate/7593/give-an-hour/

Get ready to join a movement that is changing the culture of mental health! We’d love to share your contribution with the world. Help us #ChangeDirection!

Together we are going to #ChangeMentalHealth!!!

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2018 was a wonderful year full of new initiatives and events focused on changing the conversation about mental health both in the United States and around the globe. Thank you to our Global Giving friends and donors for their tremendous support in 2018. We receive notes from providers and clients daily about how Give an Hour has affected their lives positively and we could not do this important work without you.

 

 "We must change our culture if we are to succeed in saving lives and ending suffering. We must come to accept that mental health and mental illness are elements of the human condition – just as physical health is."

– Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, Founder and President of Give an Hour

 

We welcomed 2019 with open arms and started off with a bang! In just the first few days of the new year, we hosted the "5K for the Five Signs" in Los Angeles, California. This family-friendly Fun Run (run, walk, stroll….) raised awareness to ensure that all in need get the mental health support they deserve. Our special guests included Barbara Van Dahlen, PhD, Founder and President of Give an Hour, DJ Nash, Producer and Writer of ABC’s A Million Little Things, and Talinda Bennington, Founding Partner, 320 Changes Direction and Executive Advisor, the Campaign to Change Direction, along with many other surprise guests. We were so grateful that hundreds of people came out and participated to promote mental health. 

 

“Your program is an inspiration.  Seeing it grow over these years has been wonderful.  Generosity is a value that we need to be living and modeling for others in these difficult times.”

- J Marks, LCSW- FL Provider

 

While Give an Hour has expanded to provide free mental health care to additional populations in recent years, we are proud to continue our focus on providing the military and veteran communities with access to mental health care and resources. A shining example of this work is Give an Hour’s Reserve Component Program (RCP) that provides access to a nationwide network of mental health professionals to support all branches of the U.S. military reserve components. The Reserve Component Program creates a culture that encourages individuals and families to identify and understand the signs of emotional suffering – and if needed, seek help for themselves or their loved ones. Staff, licensed mental health professionals and organization volunteers actively seek opportunities to engage with military personnel to identify barriers to care, develop strategies to increase help-seeking behavior, lead education and trainings, and encourage provider recruitment, retention, and engagement. We are proud to hold a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with both the National Guard Bureau and the Army Reserve to increase mental health care and support for Guardsmen, Reservists and their families.

 

Impact Summary from RCP Project Year 2018

  • 394 providers reported 11, 805 hours to 929 National
  • Guard, Army Reservists and loved ones (an estimated $1,180,500 in no cost support)
  • 2,628 direct referrals received from Army Reserve Psychological Health, Fort Family USAR, CO Family Assistance Specialists and infomail
  • 19% of clients indicated affiliation with the reserve component (GAH optional Client Feedback Survey; 2,034 responses). 50,973 potential clients visited the Get Help Search engine.
  • Give an Hour funded over 32,000 print materials supporting reserve affiliated events and outreach.
  • Staff engaged 836 NG and Reserve personnel and 653 community contacts.
  • The RCP Program has reached 1,166 Community Organizations through direct outreach conversations. 42% of these organizations have resulted in collaboration (events, awareness, outreach, service utilization).
  • RCP providers serve in 38 States, 168 Counties, and have access to serve 725,215 reserve component service members and their loved ones.
  • In 2018, 28,806 reserve, guard and loved ones learned about the important messages behind the Campaign to Change Direction. Give an Hour delivered information and education to ensure that families know the Five Signs of Emotional Suffering and the Healthy Habits of Emotional Well-being as well as how to access GAH services. Since 2015, RCP has educated over 203,806 reserve and loved ones on the Five Signs.

 

“I truly believe that through education and making known the available resources, that this will positively impact soldiers.”

-M.M., Health Readiness Coordinator, USAR

 

“Give an Hour has been THE #1 referral source for therapeutic counseling for our Soldiers and Family members. We have had 100% satisfaction from the Soldiers and Family members we refer and our commanders are always pleased with the progress and outcome of their Soldiers. My team holds each of your in the highest esteem.”

-K.P., 451ESC

 

Give an Hour is working to provide information and services to address the needs of those who are in emotional pain. Through the generosity, compassion, and expertise of Give an Hour’s skilled volunteers, we are able to increase the likelihood that those in need receive the support and care they deserve. With the continued support of the Global Giving community we will increase awareness and address the need for more providers as we grow our network throughout 2019. Together we will change mental health!

 

The appearance of any entities does not convey or imply that the United States National Guard or Army Reserve directly or indirectly endorses any product or service provided by Give an Hour.

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Global Summit on Mental Health Culture Change
Global Summit on Mental Health Culture Change

In remembrance of Veterans Day, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our friends and donors at Global Giving for the support you have provided to those who have served our country and to Give an Hour.  For the past 13 years, our volunteer mental health professionals have donated over 265,000 hours of no-cost services to members of the armed forces, veterans and their loved ones.  

“Give an Hour providers donate their time in many different ways including direct service, outreach, mental health education, and by representing Give an Hour at community events… Each effort is critical as we provide support to those who serve when and how they need it.  Just as vital is the generous support we receive from the Global Giving community.” 

-      Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D., President and Founder, Give an Hour

We would not be able to continue providing these critical services without the support of those who give through the Global Giving community.

Mental health challenges aren't unique to the military or veteran community – they affect people from all backgrounds and across all sectors. And mental health challenges don’t just affect Americans – they affect people around the world.  

In order to better serve our veterans – and all of those who are suffering – we began an effort to change the culture around mental health three years ago.  By changing the way we think about, talk about and respond to mental health concerns and mental illness, we will be better able to address the mental health crisis that is affecting so many around the world.  We launched the Campaign to Change Direction in order to remove barriers that prevent those in need from seeking and receiving care. We are proud to report that we are starting to see change occurring! There are numerous efforts underway in communities around the world to change minds, attitudes and behaviors. We are making progress but we still have much important work to do! 

In October, we hosted our 2ndGlobal Summit on Mental Health Culture Change in London, England. We gathered key thought leaders, government officials, stakeholders, policy makers and change agents to focus exclusively on removing cultural barriers that prevent people from getting much needed help 

We presented two full days of engaging international discussions, including the Faith Based Leadership and Culture Change, The Role of Technology in Changing Culture, as well as a panel focused on Mental Health Efforts within the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence.  We also learned about mental health efforts in the UK, Canada, Turkey and Ukraine.

One of our most popular panel discussions focused on Challenges and Progress in addressing Mental Health Concerns for Those Who Serve. Considerable progress has been made to ensure that our service members and our veterans have the mental health care and support they deserve. This panel explored approaches and innovations – and shared concerns that remain about our service members and veterans in the US and for those who serve from countries around the world 

We invite you to view the Live Stream of this important panel discussion:  

https://www.changedirection.org/global-summit-2018/ 

“We have to recognize that the trauma of combat can affect anyone, notes @sjffourfrom @CombatStress. That means even generals or others not perceived to be on the “front lines”. #ChangeDirectionLondon  

As we honor our veterans this month, we want to recognize the Global Giving Community for all you do for our service members, veterans and their families. In addition to honoring those who serve, we must always ensure that those in need receive the care and support they deserve.  Together we must Change Direction.   Thank you.

 

Why Attend the Global Summit?
Why Attend the Global Summit?
Global Mental Health Summit October 2018
Global Mental Health Summit October 2018

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Providing Free Mental Health Support for Crisis
Providing Free Mental Health Support for Crisis

Free Mental Health Services Expanded for Refugees

Mobilizing the Give an Hour network to offer care and support in U.S. Border Humanitarian Crisis

Founded in 2005 by Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, a licensed clinical psychologist, Give an Hour (GAH) is a national nonprofit organization providing free and confidential mental health services to populations in need. GAH began by focusing on military members, veterans, their families, National Guard and Reserve service members and their communities. Recognizing that more had to be done to meet the mental health needs of our returning troops and their families affected by the post-9/11 conflicts, Dr. Van Dahlen reached out to colleagues asking them to donate their time to those experiencing emotional suffering. 

By providing unlimited; confidential; and free services outside the military community, GAH has provided services to those in need through a volunteer network of nearly 7,000 licensed mental health professionals who have donated more than 250,000 hours of care, worth more than $25 million. 

In addition to providing services to our military and veteran communities, GAH is now expanding its model to provide free mental health care to other populations in need, including survivors of gun violence, at-risk youth and survivors of natural and man-made disasters. In addition to providing direct services, GAH providers consult with schools, first responders, employers and community organizations. 

GAH is also bringing its model to other countries, including Canada, Georgia and England.

In 2005, Give an Hour launched the Campaign to Change Direction, a public health effort designed to change the culture of mental health so that those who are suffering emotionally are better able to seek and receive care. This campaign encourages all Americans to pay attention to their emotional well-being – and it reminds us that our emotional well-being is just as important as our physical well-being. The cornerstone of the culture change is in raising awareness of the Five Signs of Emotional Suffering.

The Change Direction initiative is a collection of concerned citizens, nonprofit leaders, and leaders from the private sector who have come together to change the culture in America  and world-wide about mental health, mental illness, and wellness. This initiative was inspired by the discussion at the White House National Conference on Mental Health in 2013, which came on the heels of the Newtown, Conn. tragedy. 

“We have been following the news regarding immigrants and refugees every step of the way, watching families being separated and displaced at and beyond the U.S. border,” said Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, Founder and President of Give an Hour. “Studies show familial separation has both immediate and lasting psychological effects, and our providers are distinctly qualified to assist anyone who needs help in these trying times and during the coming weeks and months.” 

To best help the communities supporting those enduring this crisis, Give an Hour is seeking out licensed mental health professionals interested in assisting these displaced children and families; they are especially in need of Spanish-speaking providers located in U.S. border states, but are also aware that children and families have been moved to facilities in many states across the country.

Give an Hour has the capacity to help those who are experiencing grief, loss and anxiety, and wants to do their part. By harnessing the skills and generosity of citizens across our nation and around the world, they can provide those in need with help and hope – offering those who care the opportunity to give. Give an Hour currently has official agreements with several federal agencies making coordination of this kind and magnitude possible. Officials at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are eager for your support through Give an Hour. 

We need your help. Time is of the essence and every dollar counts.  Your donation will provide critical mental health care to the more than 12,000 immigrant and refugee children – and their families – who are being affected by the humanitarian crisis at the U.S. border.  So far, the outpouring of support has been incredible, and we can’t thank each of our donors enough.   

We now ask our Global Giving donors to please consider a donation for this lifesaving work.  Thank you for your support.

 

 

Give an Hour Expands Mental Health Services
Give an Hour Expands Mental Health Services

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