Give an Hour’s mission is to develop national networks of volunteer professionals capable of responding to both acute and chronic conditions that arise within our society. Since 2005 we have focused on providing free and confidential mental health care to those who serve, our veterans, and their families. We have since expanded our efforts to address the mental health needs of other populations. Through the generosity, compassion, and expertise of Give an Hour’s skilled volunteers, we are able to increase the likelihood that those in need receive the support and care they deserve.
across our nation and around the world,
we provide those in need with help and hope.
We offer those who care the
opportunity to give.
A WEEK TO CHANGE DIRECTION: JUNE 9-15 2019
A Week to Change Direction will be a week of action, advocacy, culture change and fundraising for organizations, corporations, universities, communities, and individuals! Our aim is to increase knowledge, raise awareness and increase support for efforts that are working to change the culture of mental health globally so that all in need receive the care and support they deserve. Learn more.
Give an Hour provides help and hope to those in need by harnessing the skills and generosity of those willing to give. In 2015, we launched the Campaign to Change Direction to change the culture of mental health so that all in need are able to receive the care and support they deserve. Just as we know the signs of a heart attack, we can all learn the Five Signs of emotional suffering that tells us someone is in pain and needs help. To learn more, visit changedirection.org.
We are proud to announce that Give an Hour has received a 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator and the 2018 Platinum Seal of Transparency from Guidestar! Attaining these ratings indicates that Give an Hour exceeds industry standards and outperforms most nonprofits in our area of focus. These are exceptional designations from Charity Navigator and Guidestar that sets Give an Hour apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.
Help us #ChangeMentalHealth by hosting a screening of Into the Light in your community.
Into the Light focuses on Brendan O’Toole, a former Marine, and his struggle to assimilate back into society after returning from war and Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, founder, and president of Give an Hour, as she comes to the realization that she needs to share her own story.
Ultimately this is a film about trust…the trust we put in one another so we can feel safe to tell our stories. The film’s purpose is simple and direct: to serve as a conversation starter for millions of people to change the culture around mental health, mental illness and emotional well-being.
Give an Hour exists for those who don’t have access to compassionate mental health care. Licensed mental health providers have joined Give an Hour to change the direction of mental health and volunteer to provide direct services.
Nationally we support:
- Those currently serving in the military, veterans (regardless of discharge status, deployment status, or era of service), and their families
- Those affected by natural disasters or man-made traumas
- Everytown for Gun Safety Partnership – Support for Survivors of Gun Violence
Regionally we support:
- The New Hampshire Psychological Association’s Give an Hour to Change Direction initiative
- Give an Hour California
- Give an Hour Healthy Minds Fairfax
Visit the Get Help page to learn more.
One hour a week can truly make a difference in someone’s life. If you are a licensed mental health professional carrying malpractice insurance, click below to visit our registration page for additional information on how you can serve as a provider in the Give an Hour network.
Give an Hour welcomes volunteers who would like to share their expertise including design and layout, business acumen, Spanish translation skills to assist with outreach, administrative services, and more. Click below to be directed to our volunteer page.