Our world has been turned upside down due to COVID-19. Not since the flu pandemic of 1918-1921 has the world population experienced such a monumental health crisis. Our news is changing hour by hour. We have all been impacted by this pandemic. Millions are experiencing trauma, depression, loss, grief, and anxiety. Many of us now know someone personally whose life has been changed by COVID-19.
We know from our experience with prior disasters that existing mental health disorders will worsen and many more people will suffer.
For the past 15 years, Give an Hour has provided no-cost mental health services to our nation’s most honored heroes: military service members, veterans, and their loved ones. During this pandemic, a new group of heroes has emerged: front line hospital workers combating COVID-19.
It is common for health care workers is to focus on taking care of others before their own well-being. It is vital that this community takes care of themselves in order to take care of others.
Give an Hour is proud to be an implementing collaborator of the #FirstRespondersFirst initiative to provide no-cost mental health services to front line hospital workers to ensure they get the care they deserve. The program is designed to provide real-time mental health support and resources through referrals by #FirstRespondersFirst to Give an Hour.
“To the brave heroes serving on the frontlines of the pandemic, we cannot thank you enough. Give an Hour is very grateful to #FirstRespondersFirst and those behind this initiative, including Thrive Global, CAA Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health,” said Randy Phelps, Ph.D., CEO of Give an Hour.”