WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - October 03, 2016) - Give an Hour, the national nonprofit organization that has provided free mental health care to those who serve and their families since 2005, announced that its network of nearly 7,000 volunteer mental health professionals has now given over 200,000 hours of free care, valued at more than $20 million.
Give an Hour Founder and President Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen said, "We are proud to serve those who serve and their families -- and grateful for the dedication and generosity of our network of mental health professionals." She added, "Mental health is not a military or veteran issue, but those who serve -- and their families -- experience circumstances that place them at greater risk for mental health challenges. It is our responsibility as a grateful nation to ensure that those who serve have the care and support they deserve. It is an honor to play a critical role in providing this support."
In its recent survey, Give an Hour's provider network reported its highest number of hours donated in a single period to date: more than 11,000 in two months.
In addition to providing direct care and support to service members, veterans, and their families, Give an Hour works closely with numerous organizations and agencies including the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs; First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden's Joining Forces initiative; national and local mental health associations, as well as corporations supporting those who serve. Give an Hour also serves as the backbone organization behind the Campaign to Change Direction, a collective impact effort to change the culture of mental health in America.
About Give an Hour
Give an Hour, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) providing free mental health services to military members, veterans, and their families, was founded in September 2005 by Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, a psychologist in the Washington, D.C., area. Give an Hour has been instrumental in the development of the community-based approach to addressing the challenges that face our nation's military community, having created a successful model for harnessing skill-based volunteers eager to offer their services. Thus far, the network of nearly 7,000 licensed mental health professionals has provided more than 200,000 hours of care and support to those in need. To learn more, visit www.giveanhour.org or https://connected.giveanhour.org.