Apply to Join

Free Counseling for Military Families across U.S.

by Give an Hour
Play Video
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 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.

Links:

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
Register now!
Register now!

Join us for An Online Global Conversation to Change Mental Health on World Mental Health Day. 

The initiative - the “Change Direction Jam” - will bring together individuals and organizations from around the world beginning on  October 10-October 11th.

Give an Hour, a national nonprofit that provides free mental health services is spearheading an online initiative on October 10 – 11th called the Change Direction Jam. 

Founded by Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, a psychologist in the Washington, D.C., area, Give an Hour’s mission is to develop networks of skill-based volunteer professionals capable of responding to both acute and chronic conditions prevalent within society. Since 2005, the nonprofit organization has provided free mental health services to U.S. service members, veterans, and their families. In 2015, Give an Hour expanded efforts to address the mental health needs of other populations including at-risk teens, survivors of gun violence, and those affected by natural and man-made disasters. Thus far, the U.S. network of 7,000 licensed mental health professionals has provided more than 297,000 hours and support to those in need. Learn more at www.giveanhour.org and www.changedirection.org

Give an Hour will be using an innovative online  platform to invite people from around the world to join an online conversation about changing the culture of mental health. This is a unique and powerful opportunity for in-depth discussions around mental health in a coordinated, data-driven way. Participants will contribute their experiences, their ideas, their perspectives and share their personal stories.  

We would like to invite you to join this online Change Direction Jam -  bringing together thought leaders, change agents, advocates, policy makers and those with lived experience to share ideas, successes and challenges as we work to change how we think about and respond to mental health challenges, mental illness and substance use disorder.

The goal of the Campaign to Change Direction is to change the culture of mental health so that all of those in need receive the care and support they deserve. The Campaign encourages everyone 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. We want to ensure that more resources will be devoted to understanding and addressing the mental health conditions that affect 1 in 4 of us.

“We are proud to participate in World Mental health Day by hosting this important world-wide conversation.” said Randy Phelps, PhD and CEO Give an Hour.  “We want to ensure that more resources will be devoted to understanding and addressing the mental health conditions that affect one in four of us.”

The Change Direction Jam inspired public health educational effort dedicated to action, advocacy, culture change and fundraising. We will be discussing important mental health topics: Culture & Access Barriers, Education & Suicide Prevention, Policy, Trauma and Work Environment.

The Jam will showcase leaders from the arts and entertainment industry, mental health professionals, corporate executives, and every day citizens who care about mental health and who want to share their story. 

For a list of our hosts, please visit: https://www.changedirection.org/globalconversation/   

This is an opportunity to raise our voices together, from the comfort of our own homes, offices or coffee shops to affect change. There’s still time to have your voice be heard.  

Please register at: http://bit.ly/CDJam2019.

Join us to Change Direction! 

Some VIP Hosts!
Some VIP Hosts!
Be part of this Special Conversation!
Be part of this Special Conversation!

Links:

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
Thank you for your participation.
Thank you for your participation.

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.

Links:


Attachments: Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
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!!!

Links:


Attachments: Share on Twitter Share on Facebook

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.

Links:

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
 

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating.

Get Reports via Email

We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.

Organization Information

Give an Hour

Location: Bethesda, MD - USA
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @GiveanHour
Project Leader:
Sally Charney
Director of Communications and Partnerships
Bethesda, MD United States
$128,004 raised of $175,000 goal
 
1,798 donations
$46,996 to go
Donate Now
lock
Donating through GlobalGiving is safe, secure, and easy with many payment options to choose from. View other ways to donate

Give an Hour has earned this recognition on GlobalGiving:
Add Project to Favorites

Help raise money!

Support this important cause by creating a personalized fundraising page.

Start a Fundraiser

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence

Snorkeler
Our
Impact

Woman Holding a Gift Card
Give
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle
GlobalGiving
Guarantee

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.