Access to Care
At Give an Hour® we believe that we can reduce emotional suffering by harnessing the skills and generosity of volunteer mental health professionals across our nation to provide those in need with help and hope. We also believe that it is time to change the culture around mental health and believe that everyone can contribute to this effort. If you are seeking help, we provide access to volunteer mental health professionals who offer a range of services to address a variety of needs.
If you are unsure if you or someone you love qualifies, please contact us at email@example.com.
Steps and Tips to Get Care:
- Search for a Provider
- Choose a Provider
- Contact the Provider Directly
- Tips to Contact Provider
- What to Expect
- Tips on Choosing a Provider
- Services Offered
By answering a few questions, using the appropriate search tool you will receive a list of providers who best suit your preferences.
At Give an Hour® we understand that one size does not fit all when it comes to emotional well-being. A list of volunteer providers who practice non-traditional or “alternative” care is also available to support those who serve and their families. These practitioners provide services such as acupuncture, yoga, and nutritional counseling. Find an Alternative Provider. Please note: Unlike our licensed providers above, we do not check the licensure of these providers and disclaim all warranties and liabilities regarding their services.
Choose from a variety of options including in-person, telephone support, or video counseling. While it’s common in the mental health community to meet in the provider’s office, it may not be feasible for everyone. If you are unable to meet with a provider in-person, we encourage the use of telephone support or video counseling. A provider will need to rely on his or her professional judgment to determine when an alternate method of contact will sufficiently meet your needs.
NOTE: If you are unable to locate a provider in your area and do not feel comfortable with phone support or video counseling, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Contact the provider directly and identify yourself as a potential Give an Hour client, even if you leave a voicemail. No payment or insurance information should be exchanged. If one of our providers asks you for payment or insurance information, please contact us at email@example.com. We will respond quickly and clear up the misunderstanding with the provider.
- Mention Give an Hour®: Tell the provider you are a Give an Hour® client at the beginning of your call, voicemail, or email.
- Leave a message: Even if the provider’s voicemail states they are not accepting new clients, some GAH providers hold openings just for a GAH clients.
- Call again: Messages can be hard to understand or accidentally erased.
- Include your information: Be sure to leave your name, phone number, and email address (if you have one) in your message.
- Be prepared: Make sure your voicemail is set up and not full for when the provider returns your call.
- Try email: Providers spend much of their day with clients. Consider using their email or their website’s “Contact Us” section to make contact.
- Let us know: If you can’t reach a Give an Hour® provider using their contact information on our website, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will update our database.
- To receive FREE and confidential counseling
- To not be charged or have your insurance billed by a Give an Hour® provider
- To understand how your or your loved one’s experiences are affecting your personal life and relationships
- To learn ways of coping
- To be referred appropriately if you need additional services (such as medications)
- To be in a safe environment where you can talk about your deepest fears and concerns
- Speak with prospective providers on the phone prior to your first appointment.
- Inquire how much experience they have working with what you seek help for.
- Contact more than one provider. Often people contact several providers before finding one who is a good match for their needs.
- Make sure you’re comfortable. Your relationship with a provider is an important factor in the success of counseling.
- Remember, a provider need not have experienced what you have been through to be helpful, but needs to convey an initial understanding of how your experience is affecting your life.
- Tell the provider if you are a veteran and have an obvious physical injury (like prosthetic limbs), so he/she can begin to understand what you have experienced physically. This exchange will help you assess the provider’s comfort level with your situation.
- Ask the provider what his/her understanding of the military experience is. Providers may not be familiar with military culture, but they must demonstrate a willingness to understand your culture and experience.
- Adolescent/Youth Counseling
- Alcohol and Substance Abuse
- Anger Management
- Bereavement and Loss
- Bipolar Disorder
- Brain Injuries
- Caregiver Support
- Critical Incident Stress Debriefing
- Developmental Disability
- Dissociative Disorders
- Divorce Counseling
- Domestic Violence
- Eating Disorders
- Group Counseling
- Individual Counseling
- Marriage/Couples Counseling
- Military Sexual Trauma
- Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder
- Parenting Issues
- Pastoral Counseling
- Post Traumatic Stress
- Postpartum Support
- Psychiatric/Medication Support
- Reintegration to Civilian Life
- Sex Addiction
- Sexual Assault
- Sleep Disturbances
Still have questions? We have compiled the most commonly asked questions for you.
Give an Hour California
GAH continues to support those affected by the devastating wildfires, the pandemic, and the Borderline mass shooting in California. These vital programs, which include Give an Hour’s Emotional Life Skills Training series and support groups are made possible by the Ventura County Community Foundation, County of Ventura, Global Giving, and the California Community Foundation.
Enhancing the District’s Response to Trauma
The District of Columbia Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants has partnered with Give an Hour on an initiative: Enhancing the District’s Response to Trauma (EDRT) which provides free and confidential trauma-specific mental health services to individuals in D.C. and their families who are victims of crime, justice-involved adults & juveniles, & youth at risk of truancy or juvenile delinquency.
Our Expectations of Our Providers
Give an Hour providers are licensed mental health professionals who have agreed to provide services in their areas of expertise. They generously donate one hour per week for a minimum of one year to provide mental health support at no charge to our clients.
Our providers are aware that Give an Hour is a nonpolitical organization whose mission is to harness the skill and expertise of volunteer professionals to increase the likelihood that those in need will receive the support and care they deserve. Since 2005, we have focused on assisting military personnel and their families as they cope with the effects of their time in the service.
In 2016, we began expanding our efforts to address the mental health needs of additional populations. Give an Hour® providers agree to conduct their practice using the highest ethical standards and to respect and honor the dignity and individuality of those who seek their assistance from our approved populations.
We do not prescreen mental health professionals who join our network. We do verify that they are licensed and in good standing in their stated profession. We expect you to take all precautions to ensure that your relationship with a provider is safe and successful.
Give an Hour® specifically disclaims all warranties and liabilities regarding its providers.
Our Offer to Assist You in Giving Back
A core belief of our organization is that individuals who receive help benefit from the opportunity to give back once their needs have been addressed. We would be happy to connect you to organizations in your area that need volunteers. Please contact us if you would like to donate time in your community.
Give an Hour® believes that everyone has something valuable to give and that our society will benefit if we harness the resources inherent in each of us.