Give an Hour Stands Ready to Provide Mental Health Services, at No Cost, to Victims, Families, and First Responders of Navy Yard Shootings

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Give an Hour Expands Services to Include Victims, Families and First Responders of Navy Yard Shootings

Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D.

We will learn more details about this situation as things unfold in the coming days and weeks. When the community is ready, Give an Hour plans to step up and offer mental health services to anyone, including young children, affected by this tragic event.

Give an Hour™ (http://www.giveanhour.org), a national nonprofit organization providing mental health services, at no cost, to members of the military, veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, their loved ones, and their communities, is expanding its reach to include victims, families, and first responders dealing with the aftermath of the shootings at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.

“We will learn more details about this situation as things unfold in the coming days and weeks. When the community is ready, Give an Hour plans to step up and offer mental health services to anyone, including young children, affected by the tragic event at the Navy Yard,” says Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, founder and president of Give an Hour.

While primarily focused on members of the military, veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, and their families, Give an Hour has expanded its services to assist in the aftermath of such tragedies as the Sandy Hook shootings, Hurricane Sandy, the Boston Marathon bombings and the explosions in West, Texas. “With thousands of licensed mental health professionals on our national network, Give an Hour has the capacity to help those who are experiencing grief, loss, and anxiety as a result of these horrible events, and we want to do our part,” adds Dr. Van Dahlen.

Mental health professionals interested in joining Give an Hour can complete an easy online form at http://www.giveanhour.org.

Those seeking help from Give an Hour can visit http://www.giveanhour.org and click on “visitors” to locate a provider in their area.

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. Currently, Give an Hour has nearly 7,000 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 94,000 hours of free service, valued at more than $9.4 million. To learn more, visit http://www.giveanhour.org or connected.giveanhour.org.

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