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HelpPRO and Give an Hour Join to Help Military Families Get Free Therapy Services
Date:10/8/2008

WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Give an Hour, a non-partisan, non-profit organization offering free mental health services to returning veterans and their loved ones, announces a collaboration with HelpPRO(R) -- a leading online therapist finder currently used by thousands of consumers nationwide to locate needed mental health professionals in their community.

Through this agreement, mental health professionals, who join the Give an Hour network offering their time and professional help to returning troops, will receive a one-year listing in the HelpPRO(R) Therapist Finder, a $75 value. In addition, mental health professionals already listed in HelpPRO will be notified of the opportunity to join the Give an Hour network to receive their free year listing.

William L. Blout, LICSW, HelpPRO's president, says, "We look forward to working with Give an Hour to bring mental health services to the military men, women, and families who serve our country. Our goal is to provide every American with quick and easy access to mental health provider information. This collaboration with Give an Hour allows us to go one step further -- to help provide free mental health services to those who have given so much."

"Currently, we have more than 2,700 licensed mental health professionals on our Give an Hour network," notes Founder and President, Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen 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 recognize that people in our field often want to help, but might not know how. Our relationship with HelpPRO will make it easier for us to reach mental health professionals with this call to action," Romberg adds.

Give an Hour hopes to recruit to its network 10 percent, or 40,000, of the approximately 400,000 licensed mental health professionals in the United States. With an average fee of $100 an hour, this would save the military and the taxpayer $4 million per week in mental health services costs. Mental health professionals who are interested in donating counseling services to returning veterans and their families must agree to give one hour per week for a minimum of a year.

About HelpPRO

HelpPRO(R) is the therapist finder service of HelpNet, Inc. Founded in 1995 by William L. Blout, a clinical social worker, to improve the public's access to mental health clinicians and organizations. The company's vision is "every person in America can readily find mental health services to meet their needs." The HelpPRO(R) Therapist Finder at http://www.HelpPRO.com is the most comprehensive on the Web. The scope and depth of mental health practice and service information is unparalleled. HelpPRO(R) reduces the time, energy, and frustration spent finding the right therapist or group. "Life is challenging... Finding help shouldn't be."

About Give an Hour

Give an Hour (http://www.giveanhour.org) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), founded in September 2005 by Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen Romberg, a psychologist in the Washington, D.C., area. The organization's mission is to develop national networks of volunteers capable of responding to both acute and chronic conditions that arise within our society. Currently, GAH is dedicated to meeting the mental health needs of the troops and families affected by the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Give an Hour currently has nearly 2,800 providers across the nation and continues to recruit volunteer mental health professionals to its network.


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