“Give an Hour” Donates Time for Veterans, Families Mental Health

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Give an Hour Donates Time for Veterans, Families Mental Health

Give an Hour is a not for profit online resource that provides anyone who served in the military, their families, and those who considers themselves a “loved one” free consultations with volunteer mental health professionals. There is no time requirement for military service, so anyone who attended Day 1 of boot camp is eligible regardless of discharge status.

About Give an Hour

The mission of Give an Hour is to develop a national network of volunteers capable of responding to both acute and chronic conditions. The program launched in 2005 with the intention of helping military members and veterans, but has since expanded to address the mental health needs of various populations.

Give an Hour Offers Assistance in a Wide Variety of Areas

Any person eligible for Give an Hour’s services may seek assistance in a wide variety of fields including, but not limited to:

  • Family counseling
  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • Sexual assault

In-Person Appointment May Not Be Necessary

Many of the providers who volunteer are open to phone calls and video meetings, so an in-person appointment may not be necessary. This opens up the options for help tremendously considering there are currently 1,400 mental health professionals volunteering their time with Give an Hour throughout the country. All of the volunteers hold licenses and in good standing within their respective fields.

Finding a Provider

Patrons seeking assistance are encouraged to use the website’s find a provider function. Once a suitable provider is located, the client should reach own to the office on their own accord. From there, they need to mention the Give an Hour volunteer program and inquire if the office is accepting new patients and schedule the appointment.

There is no penalty for changing providers, so if the chemistry between patient and provider does not suit the patient, they can freely search for a different provider. Eligible clients may receive up to one year of counseling as long as the client and provider agree.

Additional Resources and Programs Available

For anyone seeking help that may be outside the realm of expertise that Give an Hour offers, the website also provides a substantial list of resources including information on COVID-19, children and youth, military spouses seeking licensure, and much, much more.

Some of their other initiatives include the Hospital Heroes Program, and the Military Spouse Mental Health Profession Program which provides resources for military spouses who are seeking employment in the mental health field including mentorship and supervision.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

If you or a loved one are experiencing thoughts of suicide or exhibiting suicidal ideations, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Veterans press 1.

 

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Gregory App is a navy veteran and current military spouse. He studied writing at Temple University and has worked in a variety of fields including jobs with the federal government and non-profit organizations.