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This website was produced by Give an Hour, under 2019-PGAHDC-0001, awarded by the Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants, Executive Office of the Mayor, District of Columbia. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the Executive Office of the Mayor. 

Enhancing the District’s Response to Trauma

The District of Columbia Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants partners with Give an Hour to support individuals who have been affected by interpersonal violence.

Project Overview

This project provides access to free and confidential trauma-informed mental health services to individuals in the District of Columbia and their loved ones who are victims of crime, involved in the justice system, or youth at risk of truancy or juvenile delinquency. Additionally, licensed mental health professionals who participate in this program have access to high-quality, trauma-specific, educational opportunities.

Volunteer as a Licensed Mental Health Professional

We need your help.

Request for Individual Mental Health Care

Give an Hour does not provide emergency crisis services.

Crisis Resources

Use these resources for immediate help in the District.



Do I need to fill out an application?

No. But, we do require some information to get started searching for a licensed mental health professional for you to work with. Please fill out this FORM

The provider stopped communicating what should I do?

Please let us know right away. Please contact 

Is this just one free hour of counseling?

No, our providers donate one hour per week for at least one year or as long as the provider and client agree, and it continues to be a good fit. 

If things don’t work out with the first provider I contact, can I try another provider?

Yes! We know that it can sometimes take a few tries to find the right fit for counseling. If the first provider you are connected to is not the right fit, please contact for assistance in finding another provider. 


How much does it cost?

It’s absolutely free! This great group of licensed mental health professionals offers their services free of charge to those who are suffering emotionally and do not have access to trauma-informed mental health care.


I have insurance. Can I still use Give an Hour?

Yes, you can! If you have access to health insurance that covers mental health care and would like to use it, please let us know. However, many individuals who use Give an Hour services have insurance but choose not to use it for a variety of reasons. If a provider asks you to use your insurance for Give an Hour services, please let us know right away at