Give an Hour helps people in need get the care they deserve through a nationwide network of thousands of licensed mental health professionals who volunteer for an hour a week for up to a year. Give an Hour’s Campaign to Change Direction, is an initiative in which community leaders are using their platforms to help change the culture around mental health, mental illness, and wellness. The campaign raises awareness about five potential warning signs that people experiencing emotional suffering may exhibit: personality change, agitation, withdrawal, poor self-care and hopelessness. It also promotes healthy habits for emotional well-being, such as good nutrition, sufficient sleep and exercise, engaging with friends and family, and developing healthy emotional outlets to help reduce stress.
Give an Hour®
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 almost 7,000 licensed mental health professionals has provided more than 297,000 hours of support.
Campaign to Change Direction®
The Campaign to Change Direction is a coalition of concerned citizens, nonprofit leaders, and leaders from the private sector who have come together to change the culture around mental health, mental illness, and wellness. 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. This collective impact effort is led by Give an Hour.