Washington, DC (PRWEB) March 20, 2013
Give an Hour™ (http://www.giveanhour.org), a national nonprofit organization providing mental health services, at no charge, to members of the military, veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, their loved ones, and their communities, reports that volunteer mental health professionals in their network have given more than 82,000 hours of mental health services.
At the nationwide average of $100 per hour for mental health counseling, providers have donated over $8.2 million since Give an Hour began fulfilling this critical need. Give an Hour periodically surveys its providers to obtain this data. This latest figure represents an increase of 5,700% in hours donated from 1,415 in August 2008 to 82,000 hours currently and an increase in its volunteer provider network by 570% from 1,000 in February 2008 to 6,700 currently.
“Above all, we recognize that the work we are doing would not be possible without the thousands of compassionate and generous mental health professionals who have joined our network to provide care and support to service members, veterans, their families, and their communities,” says Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, founder and president of Give an Hour. “The significant increase in hours given indicates that more of those in need are seeking services and accepting help,” notes Dr. Van Dahlen adds. “There is much more work to be done, and I look forward to continued collaboration with our mental health association partners, the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, and community organizations.”
Give an Hour providers are psychiatrists, substance abuse counselors, psychologists, pastoral counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists, psychiatric nurses, and licensed professional counselors. Thousands of volunteer mental health professionals are available—in all 50 states. They are volunteering free counseling to active duty service members, members of the National Guard and Reserve forces, and veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan who have separated or retired from any branch of military service. Give an Hour is also offering free services to parents, siblings, unmarried partners, grandparents—in short anyone affected by a loved one's service in the current conflicts.
By providing services that are separate from the military establishment, Give an Hour offers an essential option for men and women who might otherwise fail to seek or receive appropriate help. There is no paperwork; no insurance claims need to be filed; and no money changes hands. Give an Hour’s services are confidential and absolutely free. There is no limit to the number of sessions one can receive.
Mental health professionals interested in joining Give an Hour can complete an easy online registration form at http://www.giveanhour.org. Visitors in need of services can log on and use the provider search to locate a mental health professional in their area who meets their needs.
About Give an Hour™
Give an Hour 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 is dedicated to meeting the mental health needs of military personnel, their families, and the communities affected by the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. As of January 2012, Give an Hour has approximately 6,700 providers across the nation—in all 50 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam—with more volunteer mental health professionals joining its network every day. In addition to counseling, providers also consult to schools, first responders, employers, and community organizations. Give an Hour has already provided over 82,000 hours of service, valued at more than $8.2 million. To learn more, visit http://www.giveanhour.org or connected.giveanhour.org.