MIlitaryConnection.com Joins the Campaign to Change Direction to Change the Culture of Mental Health in America

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Brian Wilson will headline a benefit concert as part of a new partnership with the Campaign to Change Direction, a national initiative to change the culture of mental health in America.

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The current statistics regarding suicide, especially in the military and veteran community, are a call to action for all of us to connect, reach out, inspire, and most of all, help

It is a fact that one in five citizens has a diagnosable mental health condition, and that more Americans are expected to die this year by suicide than in car accidents. Many people who are experiencing mental issues are suffering in silence. MilitaryConnection.com is proud to partner with the Campaign to Change Direction, a coalition of government, business, and nonprofit leaders that addresses the urgent need for open discussions about mental health, mental illness and well-being.

Also joining the coalition is legendary musician and co-founder of the Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, and his wife Melinda. As part of this new partnership, Mr. Wilson will perform a concert on November 4th at the Hyatt Regency in Tysons Corner, Virginia. Proceeds from the event will benefit Give an Hour, a national nonprofit organization providing free mental health services to the military and veteran community, and the lead organization behind the Change Direction campaign.

“If you were to recognize someone in your life was suffering, be it a friend, relative, neighbor or co-worker, would you know what to do?” asked Debbie Gregory, CEO of MilitaryConnection.com. “The current statistics regarding suicide, especially in the military and veteran community, are a call to action for all of us to connect, reach out, inspire, and most of all, help.”

The backbone of this movement is Give an Hour. “By creating a shared mission, by educating Americans about the five signs of emotional suffering, by encouraging compassion and action, we can change our culture to reflect what we know to be true—that mental health is not something to be afraid of or embarrassed about," said Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, founder and president of Give an Hour.

For more information on the November 4th concert visit http://www.changedirection.org/brian-wilson.    

About MilitaryConnection.com
MilitaryConnection.com offers one of the most comprehensive directories of military and Veteran resources on the web, focusing on employment, education and more. The web site has been named a Top 100 Employment Web Site by the International Association of Employment Web Sites for five years in a row. It is that focus on employment that garnered MilitaryConnection.com one of the prestigious Weddle’s Users Choice Awards for 2015. CEO Debbie Gregory was also honored in 2013 with Give an Hour’s Commitment to Service award. The web site has something for everyone including, but not limited to a Job Board and Virtual Job Fair, comprehensive Post 9/11 GI Bill education information with a directory of thousands of scholarships and a Veteran school directory, news, press releases, special events, pay charts, benefits, service directories, commissaries and exchanges, golf courses and more. Military Connection has the honor of working with incredible non-profits, such as Give An Hour, to improve the quality of life for those who serve. When the next tour is back home, it’s on Military Connection, the Go To Site.

About the Campaign to Change Direction
The Change Direction initiative is a collection of concerned citizens, nonprofit leaders, and leaders from the private sector who have come together to create a new story in America about mental health, mental illness, and wellness. The movement addresses Mental Health Concerns/Mental Disorders, Homelessness and Suicide. You can either make a personal pledge, or a community/group pledge through your business or organization at changedirection.org.

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. Give an Hour has been instrumental in the development of the community-based approach to address the challenges that face our 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 155,000 hours of care and support to those in need. Give an Hour is now working to change the story about mental health and wellness in America by leading a collective impact effort to support the coordination and collaboration among those working to optimize mental health care.

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