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:
- To receive confidential counseling
- 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
At Give an Hour® we understand that one size does not fit all when it comes to emotional well-being. By answering a few questions and using the appropriate search tool you will receive a list of providers who best suit your preferences.
Be sure to indicate your insurance or self pay capabilities to receive the largest list of available providers.
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.
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.
Review the available providers. Check to see if they list your area of interest for care, and match the other specifications you have for a provider. For those using insurance, Be sure to check that they accept your policy.
Click to submit a referral. You will be asked a few questions that will only be submitted to the provider for review. Only Give an Hour referral staff, and the provider you choose, will have access to this information. The only required information is a working email address for us to contact you, however we encourage you to provide as much information as possible so a provider may determine if you are a good fit.
Once you submit the information, your requested provider will receive notification. You will also receive a follow up email with provider information and additional support. Please give a provider 72 hours to respond to your request before reaching out to them.
- 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.
- 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.
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.