Give an Hour is a national nonprofit organization with a large network of mental health professionals who offer no cost mental health counseling to those in need.
General Client FAQs
You can expect to receive FREE and confidential counseling from one of our available providers. Our providers donate one hour per week for at least one year.
Our Provider Search asks you to select a few options and returns a list of providers in your area. You may contact one or more of the providers on the list directly to find one who will be a good fit for your needs and schedule.
If you are unsure of what type of counseling would be best for your personal situation, we recommend a broad search of all types of providers. Choose one that meets your travel needs and reach out to them. If they are unable to help, they can recommend a different search criteria or help you find a better fit.
You do not need to fill out an application or register with Give an Hour in any way. However, your Give an Hour provider will ask for your contact information as part of their intake process. This information will be kept confidential.
Contact the provider directly and mention you are being referred by Give an Hour. If you reach voicemail, be sure to leave a message mentioning Give an Hour and leave your name and phone number. Don’t hesitate to call again if you don’t receive a call back within a few days.
To make it easy for you, we have created a list of helpful steps and tips to guide you as you get started. View the steps and tips now.
It’s absolutely free! This great group of mental health professionals offer their services free of charge to those who are suffering emotionally and do not have access to compassionate care.
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.
Yes! We know that it can sometimes take a few tries to find the right fit for counseling.
Yes, you can! Many of those who use Give an Hour services have insurance but have chosen 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
If we do not have an available provider in your area, we do have providers who offer phone and/or video counseling.
When using our Provider Search Tool, select “Telephone Support” and/or “Video Counseling” in the Type of Support field.
When you contact a provider, be sure to tell him or her you were referred by Give an Hour and if necessary, leave a voicemail mentioning Give an Hour and stating your name and telephone number. If you are still having trouble connecting, please email us at email@example.com.
We encourage our clients and providers to work together to determine if they are a good match for each other. If at any time the two of you determine it is not a good fit, please feel free to use our Provider Search Tool to locate another provider.
Absolutely not. 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, but it is definitely not required. If at some point you would like this opportunity, we would be happy to connect you to organizations in your area that are in need of volunteers.
Military Client FAQs
As the family member or loved one of a service member or veteran, am I eligible for Give an Hour’s services?
Yes! Give an Hour offers its services to all active duty service members, veterans of any era, and their loved ones. This includes parents, siblings, grandparents, unmarried partners, and others affected by a loved one’s service.
Absolutely. Deployment is not required to use Give an Hour’s services.
No. Our services are designed to be confidential; you do not need to let any military office or person know you are seeking help through Give an Hour unless it is your choice to do so.
Everytown Partnership Client FAQs
In order to access Give an Hour services, you must fill out the Everytown waiver, which will direct you to the Give an Hour private link to search for a Give an Hour provider. There will be a few questions that you will need to answer on the Give an Hour link before being directed to the provider search. If you have any questions or have any difficulty finding a provider please contact Everytown@giveanhour.org.
Fairfax Partnership Client FAQs
In order to access Give an Hour services you must be an income-eligible child and/or youth ages 5 to 21 who is a resident of Fairfax County, the Cities of Fairfax and Falls Church, Virginia. Additionally, you must also meet the following eligibility requirements. Once you verify you are eligible for the program, please fill out the following referral form and you will be contacted by a Give an Hour referral specialist who will work with you to find a suitable mental health provider in your area. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Give an Hour does not currently offer transportation assistance. If you are a Give an Hour Healthy Minds Fairfax Client and are interested in transportation assistance please let us know by emailing email@example.com. If you are unable to access transportation to and from your appointments with a Give an Hour provider, some Give an Hour providers offer video and phone counseling. Please note, Fairfax County does offer transportation assistance for eligible Fairfax County residents to see if you are eligible please check: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/neighborhood-community-services/transportation/taxi-voucher-program. Please contact Human Service Transportation if you have any questions.