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2021 National Day of Service Event – Help Our Hospital Heroes

By January 18, 2021February 1st, 2022News

January 18, 2021 at 1pm EST

“Wear a Mask. Wash your Hands. Stay 6’ apart.” Medical professionals have taken care of us for a year – and have faced unbelievable trauma and emotional pain in doing so.

What can we do to help them? Give an Hour’s Hospital Heroes program already helps by providing free mental health counseling to medical staff on the COVID-19 frontlines. But you don’t have to be a therapist to help as well. If you are a loved one, family member, colleague or friend of someone on the frontlines, join us for this online conversation about how you can help. In addition to learning about referring to Hospital Heroes, you will learn to recognize the Five Signs of Emotional Suffering, about maintaining wellbeing through the Healthy Habits, and about being part of the community support system.

And you will learn to take care of your own mental wellbeing in the process. These are “survival skills” that all of us can use in the age of COVID-19.

Agenda: We will host an online panel discussion, including audience Q&A. The panel will focus on COVID-19 and the challenges it has created for everyone’s mental health, and especially for at risk populations like those facing trauma in medical settings. Give an Hour has 15 years of experience providing free mental health treatment to veterans, service members and their loved ones – over 330,000 hours of free care to date – and we will share what we have learned about how to help.

Emotional suffering is part of our experience as human beings. Participants will learn that in any year 1 in 4 of us had a mental health condition – and that was before COVID. Recent CDC data shows that mental suffering has doubled in one year due to COVID. Over 40% of Americans now report experiencing depression, anxiety and substance use problems. Rates are even higher for some populations, like medical professionals. We will help participants learn to identify suffering in others as well as oneself, how to provide support to a loved one or friend in emotional pain, and selfcare and prevention.

Presenters: Our panel of experts will share information from a range of perspectives:

Facilitator: Randy Phelps, PhD, Clinical Psychologist and Give an Hour CEO Presenters: Antonio E. Puente, PhD, Neuropsychologist and Past President of the American Psychological Association; Jonathan Wiesen, MD, Critical Care Specialist, MediOrbis; Ashley Hutchinson, MSW, Clinical Social Worker and Give an Hour volunteer.


Link to Zoom Recording: Click here or watch above.

Download the Powerpoint Slides: Give an Hour Help Our Hospital Heroes 2021

Donate to help keep this program going: Click here

Emotional Wellbeing Resources: Click here