Navigation Links
1,000 Mental Health Professionals Join National Network to Provide Free Counseling to Returning Veterans and their Families
Date:3/10/2008

WASHINGTON, March 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Give an Hour (http://www.giveanhour.org), a non-partisan, non-profit organization offering free mental health services to returning Veterans and their loved ones, announces that there are now 1,000 providers, nationwide, on its network.

In an effort to supplement the mental health services already provided to the military through the military health care system, Give an Hour's services are available to the service member, their immediate family, and their extended families and loved ones, including parents, siblings and significant others (who are often directly affected but not covered by the military).

"We are thrilled to have already recruited 1,000 licensed mental health professionals on our network," notes Founder and President, Dr. Barbara V. Romberg. "What our Veterans and their families and loved ones are experiencing as a result of deployments, traumatic brain injuries and other devastating physical injuries, PTSD and more, is incomprehensible to the general population. The sheer number of people being affected makes it virtually impossible for the very competent but overtaxed military health care system to provide help to everyone who needs it," says Dr. Romberg.

"We recently partnered with the American Psychiatric Association and know that relationships such as this will help us in our endeavor to recruit more providers who will ultimately help head off what could become a true crisis," adds Dr. Romberg. "We encourage all mental health professionals to ask themselves whether they can afford to give an hour a week of their practice to help our troops and their families who are sacrificing so much."

Research indicates that a major barrier preventing military personnel from seeking appropriate treatment is the perception of stigma associated with treatment. Many fear that seeking mental health treatment will jeopardize their career or standing. Give an Hour's services are endorsed by many veterans service organizations, but separate from the military, offering an essential option for men and women who might otherwise fail to seek or receive appropriate services.

"While our primary focus is to get much needed counseling and other mental health services to the folks that need it, the other unique aspect of our organization is a kind of 'pay-it-forward' idea that the people receiving services will then have the opportunity, though it is not required, to give an hour of volunteer time back to their own community," Dr. Romberg adds.

To obtain services, go to http://www.giveanhour.org, and a zip code finder will locate a provider near you. If there is currently no provider, contact Give an Hour at info@giveanhour.org and a provider will be located. Mental health professionals willing to donate an hour of their time each week for a minimum commitment of one year can also go to http://www.giveanhour.org.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Give an Hour
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Project Will Map Genomes of 1,000 People Worldwide
2. HearAtLast Announces Completion of Initial Private Placement Financing Totaling US $1,000,000
3. DaVita Volunteers Raise More than $1,000,000 for Nationwide Kidney Education and Prevention Programs
4. 1 sample examined by 1,000 pathologists -- how and why?
5. Colorado State Senator Keller Recognized for Advocacy Work on Mental Health Issues
6. Tourette Syndrome Association Celebrates the House Passage of LONG-AWAITED Mental Health Parity Legislation
7. AHIP Statement on House Passage of Mental Health Parity Legislation
8. Mental Health Parity Laudable, But House Legislation Would Put Medicaid Patients at Risk, Lilly Says
9. mtvU & The Jed Foundation Go Beyond March Madness, Spring Break & 5th Anniversary of Iraq War, Dedicating March Programming to College Students Mental Health
10. Up for Debate This Week: National Service, Mental Health Coverage, and Consumer Product Safety
11. Therap Services Announces Release 7.2 for the Developmental Disability Community
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:9/22/2017)... , ... September 22, 2017 , ... On Sunday, September ... and 5K honoring Olympian, Florence Joyner, still considered the fastest woman of all time. ... Flo Jo’s daughter, Mary Joyner, will sing the National Anthem. Mary was a ...
(Date:9/22/2017)... ... ... Fenwick Agency of Plano, TX has announced the commencement of a master charity ... ‘Agents of Change’ movement. The agency pledges to select a new beneficiary every 60 ... who most need help. Their hope is to bring awareness to important local causes ...
(Date:9/22/2017)... , ... September 22, 2017 , ... ... and financial setbacks, a senior finds a new lease on life with assistance ... thousands of people resolve their problem with unsecured debt. The senior is one ...
(Date:9/22/2017)... ... September 22, 2017 , ... SABRE ... Smart Scholarship Sweepstakes.,  , Molli C., a graduate student from Sonora, California, who ... and Administration at St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida, was selected from a ...
(Date:9/22/2017)... ... September 22, 2017 , ... Pullano Law Offices, a Chicago personal injury law ... been selected to serve as President of the North Suburban Bar Association for 2017-2018. ... Dinner hosted by the NSBA at the North Shore Country Club in Glenview, IL, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/6/2017)...   PDI , a leader in infection prevention ... educational session focused on the role of chlorhexidine gluconate ... the 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting of the Association for ... the Phoenix Convention Center in ... will also feature PDI,s Prevantics® Device Swab ...
(Date:9/5/2017)... -- Xyntek Inc. has announced another milestone in their continued growth and success of ... growing demands of customer engagements regionally.  ... Midwest office is located at 318 West Adams Street, Suite 1528, Chicago, IL ... Xyntek's recently opened Midwest ... In ...
(Date:9/1/2017)... Michael Penna , President and CEO ... for growth in his response to the July 13, ... seeking a buyer for eMDs. Penna,s company, Complete HealthCare ... Value Added Reseller and national leader in the independent ... "As the healthcare market continues to dictate consolidation, healthcare ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: