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Volunteer Mental Health Professionals Give More Than 104,000 Hours in Mental Health Services to Military Community Through Give an Hour

Washington, DC (PRWEB) November 11, 2013

Give an Hour™, a national nonprofit organization providing free mental health services to members of the military, veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, their loved ones, and their communities announces that that its network of licensed mental health professionals has given more than 104,000 hours of free mental health services.

At the nationwide average of $100 per hour for mental health services, Give an Hour providers have given more than $10 million since Give an Hour began providing these critical services in July 2007. Give an Hour periodically surveys its providers to obtain this data. This latest figure represents a 49% increase in hours donated over the same period last year and a 9.5% increase, or an additional 4,367 hours, over the most recent quarterly survey, in August 2013.

“Our civilian mental health professionals have a critical role to play in assisting our returning troops, our veterans, and their families with the understandable psychological and emotional consequences of a decade of war. Fortunately, we have the resources and, therefore, the ability to help many who might otherwise suffer—if we work together and coordinate our efforts.” says Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, founder and president of Give an Hour. “It is my belief that as more of our mental health colleagues understand the need, more will answer the call to join our network. In addition, the work we are doing to educate families and communities—and thereby reduce stigma—will result in more service members, veterans, and military families receiving the care they need and deserve.”

Give an Hour providers are psychiatrists, substance abuse counselors, psychologists, pastoral counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists, psychiatric nurses, and licensed professional counselors. Thousands of volunteer mental health professionals are available—in all 50 states. They are volunteering free counseling services to active duty service members, members of the National Guard and Reserve forces, and veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan who have separated or retired from any branch of military service. Give an Hour is also offering free services to parents, siblings, unmarried partners, grandparents—in short anyone who loves someone affected by the current conflicts.

By providing services that are separate from the military establishment, Give an Hour offers an essential option for men and women who might otherwise fail to seek or receive appropriate services. There is no paperwork; no insurance claims need to be filed, and no money changes hands. Give an Hour’s services are absolutely free and there is no limit to the number of sessions one can receive.

Mental health professionals interested in joining Give an Hour can complete an easy online form at Visitors in need of services can log on and use the provider search to locate a mental health professional in their area who meets their needs.

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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. As of August 2013, 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 approximately 104,000 hours of free service, valued at more than $10.4 million. To learn more, visit or

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