Give an Hour™Joins with Points of Light and the HandsOn Network, Partners with National Mental Health Associations to Recognize 10th Anniversary of September 11 Attacks

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Mental health professionals called on to recognize 10th anniversary of 9/11 by joining Give an Hour.

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“With 400,000 mental health professionals in our country, we are in a position to make a tremendous impact on the mental health of those military men and women and their families who heeded their own call to service after the tragic events of 9/11.

Give an Hour™, a national nonprofit organization providing free mental health services to members of the military, veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, their loved ones, and their communities, is joining with Points of Light and the HandsOn Network to mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11. GAH is partnering with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, National Association of Social Workers, and other national and state associations to engage mental health professionals in recognizing the 10th anniversary of the attacks.

Give an Hour™, along with its mental health association partners, is asking licensed mental health professionals to pay tribute either by joining the Give an Hour™ network to provide free mental health counseling to service personnel, veterans, and their loved ones, or by giving a talk in their community to raise awareness about military mental health issues. To participate, practitioners can visit http://giveanhour.blogspot.com for additional information and resources, and then go to http://www.911dayofservice.org to register their tribute.

“With approximately 400,000 mental health professionals in our country, we are in a position to make a tremendous impact on the mental health of those military men and women and their families who heeded their own call to service after the tragic events of September 11,” says Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, founder and president of Give an Hour™.

“I have often heard from members of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors that they consider it a privilege to care for the Mental Health needs of men and women who have selflessly served our country. In a culture that often personifies selfishness, our service men and women are reminders of what it means to truly serve. We can do no less in response,” says Rev. Douglas M. Ronsheim, Executive Director, American Association of Pastoral Counselors.

“The American Psychiatric Association is proud to be a part of this effort to give back something to the military service members who have served our country with such courage,” says James H. Scully, Jr., M.D., Medical Director & CEO of the American Psychiatric Association. "The wounds of war may be hard to see in those suffering from traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, but the good news is that treatment for these disorders works. We salute Give an Hour and its partners for helping to connect service members in distress with the professionals who can truly help them.”

“Over the past 10 years, we have learned more about mental health, resilience, and the power of community. APA is encouraging psychologists, especially those with specialized skills in coping with traumatic events and trauma recovery, to volunteer in their communities and help people who might be affected by the renewed focus on 9/11 as we mark the 10th anniversary," says Norman B. Anderson, PhD, CEO and Executive Vice President, American Psychological Association.

NASW Executive Director Betsy Clark notes, “Our nation’s service men and women continue to make great sacrifices to ensure our safety. The tenth anniversary of September 11 is an important time to remember our obligation to give back to them. Mental health professionals, including social workers, can volunteer their time and expertise to provide vital free mental health counseling to our nation’s heroes through Give an Hour™.”

Give an Hour™ (http://www.giveanhour.org) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), founded in September 2005 by Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, a psychologist in the Washington, D.C., area. The organization’s mission is to develop national networks of volunteers capable of responding to both acute and chronic conditions that arise within our society. Currently, GAH is dedicated to meeting the mental health needs of the troops and families affected by the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Give an Hour™ has roughly 5,700 providers across the nation—in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam—and continues to recruit volunteer mental health professionals to its network.

The American Association of Pastoral Counselors, founded in 1964, is a national certifying and membership organization whose mission is to integrate the resources of the behavioral health sciences, faith traditions and spirituality in models of clinical practice, training, education and community well being.

The American Psychiatric Association is a national medical specialty society whose physician members specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and research of mental illnesses, including substance use disorders. Visit the APA at http://www.psych.org and http://www.HealthyMinds.org.

The American Psychological Association, located in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States and is the world's largest association of psychologists. APA's membership includes more than 154,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants, and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial, and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance psychology as a science, as a profession, and as a means of promoting health, education, and human welfare.

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW), located in Washington, D.C., is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the nation with nearly 145,000 members. It promotes, develops, and protects the practice of social work and social workers. NASW also seeks to enhance the well-being of individuals, families, and communities through its advocacy.

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