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

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 16 years, Give an Hour and the Campaign to Change Direction have provided more than 369,000 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: https://giveanhour.org/emotional-wellbeing-resources/

If you know a veteran or service member who might benefit from our FREE resources and counseling, please share our website: https://giveanhour.org/get-help/

“Give an Hour has been helping the veteran and military community for over sixteen years. We remain committed to serve those who serve during these difficult times.” said Trina Clayeux, PhD., CEO of Give an Hour. “Thank you to the GlobalGiving community for supporting our vital work.”

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The  past 18 months has had a serious impact on all of our mental health and emotional well-being in ways that are yet to be fully understood.  The extended quarantine and resulting isolation brought into focus the importance of human-contentedness and a deeper understanding of how our individual mental health is inextricably tied to a community of support around us.

Now more than ever, it is important to pay attention to your mental health as much as your physical health. To find the balance between work, school, hobbies, self-care and other responsibilities. Give an Hour moved to modernize our mental health service delivery during the pandemic, with nearly 69% of all of Give an Hour providers now offering telehealth services that were in direct response to client needs and requests.

Give an Hour continues to serve our post 9-11 veterans, service members and their families and partners with several leading veteran and military service nonprofits, governmental agencies, and others to provide enhanced programming for specific military populations. 

We are proud of our work:

  • Give an Hour’s Reserve component works with existing National Guard and Reserves  to encourage help-seeking behavior, promote available mental health services, recruit service providers and raise awareness of the Five Signs of mental health
  • Military spouse mental health profession program helps ease the transition from graduate school through licensure to jobs in behavioral health for military spouses by encouraging connections between licensed mental health professionals and military spouses
  • Give an Hour released 16 free educational documents, downloaded thousands of times around the world
  • Integrated Give an Hour’s and the Campaign to Change Direction’s websites to a single new site so news and resources are now under one roof

Most recently, like many of you, we have been watching the recent events in Afghanistan unfold and we know they are distressing and especially difficult for our veterans and their loved ones who served during the OEF/OIF campaigns.

For those of us who are not veterans or in a military family, it’s important for you to understand what the military community is feeling right now. And we are challenging you with a call to action! We encourage each of you to do a Buddy Check with a veteran, military member or loved one who might be feeling anger, frustration, helplessness or sadness - which are common feelings in times like these. Let them know the thoughts. You do not have to be a mental health provider to show someone you care.

If you are feeling this way or know someone who is struggling, we want you to know you are not alone. 

Those in need of care can connect with a Give an Hour provider or find additional resources on our website.

And lastly, Give an Hour congratulates Dr. Randy Phelps, our former CEO who has led Give an Hour the past two years through unprecedented challenges. Randy began his retirement on July 1st, 2021.  Give an Hour welcomes our new CEO, Dr. Trina Clayeux who will continue to build on our legacy while leading us to new heights and to ensure that those in need receive the care they deserve.  

There is much more to do, with rates of anxiety and depression more than doubling as a result of the pandemic. Give an Hour is grateful to our GlobalGiving donors.  We rely on your support.  We know if we work together we can continue to service our veterans and to change the culture of mental health.  

Thank you!

 Sally Charney

Director of Marketing & Spexial Parrtnerships

 

PS: DON’T FORGET - Give to Give an Hour during the GlobalGiving Little by Little Campaign on September 13 – 17th.  GlobalGiving will match up to 50% all donations up to $50.  You next donation goes farther.

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Proud to Serve those who Serve
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Time for a Buddy Check!

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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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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 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.”

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