Celebrates the Addition of Chris Stapleton to Give an Hour’s Campaign to Change Direction

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Grammy-winning singer Chris Stapleton lends his support to the Campaign to Change Direction to bring attention to the challenges facing those with mental health issues. is a partner of Give An Hour’s 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. Joining the coalition is Grammy-winning country singer Chris Stapleton.

Stapleton’s video “Fire Away”, from the album Traveller, tells the tale of a couple experiencing a great deal of hardship and heartbreak as the result of depression. The video aims to bring attention to the culture of mental health awareness throughout the country, specifically through The Campaign to Change Direction. The organization strives to start a common language about the five signs of emotional suffering.

Stapleton is in the midst of a seemingly unprecedented breakout since releasing Traveller last summer. He’s won three CMA Awards — Album of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Best New Artist — watching his album jump to No.1, and won two Grammys.

Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, founder and president of Give an Hour, said, “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."

While there may be numerous resources available within the community, it may take one person reaching out to another to help end the pain and suffering of someone struggling with a mental health issue.

“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,” said Debbie Gregory, CEO of

About Chris Stapleton
Chris Stapleton is an American country and bluegrass musician. He is an established songwriter with six number-one songs including the five-week number-one "Never Wanted Nothing More" recorded by Kenny Chesney, "Love's Gonna Make It Alright" recorded by George Strait, and "Come Back Song" recorded by Darius Rucker. As a songwriter, over 150 of Stapleton's songs have appeared on albums by such artists as Adele, Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley. He has co-written with notable artists like Vince Gill, Peter Frampton and Sheryl Crow.

About offers one of the most comprehensive directories of military and Veteran resources on the web, focusing on employment, education and more. Military Connection 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 one of the prestigious Weddle’s Users Choice Awards for 2015. Military Connection features thousands of pages of resources and information. There is 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

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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