Thank you for your willingness to donate your time and expertise to provide critical mental health services to at-risk populations, including our troops, our veterans, and their family members. As a Give an Hour provider, you are generously agreeing to offer one hour per week of mental health support or treatment at no charge, on an ongoing basis to each client you accept through our program.
Please watch our new video to learn how you can share your gifts of time and expertise to help those in need.
Commonly Asked Questions by Providers
- Give an Hour volunteers offer their services to those in-need and their families.
- Since 2005, we have focused on providing free mental health care to those who serve, our veterans, and their loved ones.
- In 2016, we began expanding our efforts to address the mental health needs of other populations. This full list of those populations can be found here: https://giveanhour.org/get-help/.
- As our nation faces devastating natural disasters and tragedies such as mass shootings or bombings, there is a critical need to provide help and hope to those who are suffering. Click here for the full list of groups we are serving.
- In-person Counseling: We recognize that in-person support is the standard within the mental health community. However, we also recognize this may not be feasible for everyone.
- Video Counseling: We encourage the use of HIPAA-compliant platforms when an individual is unable to meet in-person with a provider.
- Telephone Support: We understand providers will rely on their professional judgement to determine if phone support is a sufficient way to meet the individual’s mental health needs.
- Outreach and Engagement: We provide opportunities for providers to serve their communities by engaging, recruiting, and educating others about Give an Hour through several of our initiatives. Learn more.
Am I offering just one hour? Or, how many sessions am I required to offer as a Give an Hour provider?
You have agreed to offer one hour of your services per week for a minimum of one year, per Give an Hour client you accept. You may also choose to volunteer at conferences, resource fairs, or other events while you wait for a client to contact you.
My Give an Hour client has insurance. Is it ok to charge their insurance if I don’t charge the client a co-pay?
No. Participating in our program means you are willing to provide ongoing pro bono sessions to each Give an Hour client you accept, with no regard for insurance or ability to pay. It would be inconsistent with our mission to charge someone for sessions, even if those sessions would be covered by insurance.
There are no forms to fill out and you do not need to report new clients to us. We do ask you to keep track of your donated hours and relay this information to us in our surveys and also let us make your profile unavailable when your Give an Hour client load is full.
Step 1: Read the Commonly Asked Questions – Step 2: Take the Short Quiz – Step 3: Fill Out the Registration Form
Help with Outreach
Use these tools and downloads to help share the amazing work you are doing with Give an Hour.
Learn about Telehealth
Download our Telehealth Information Booklet to learn more about HIPAA-compliant video counseling options and how to sign up.
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Give an Hour Initiatives
Interested in participating in a Yellow Ribbon Retreat or helping in ways other than direct services? Learn more about Give an Hour’s initiatives and contact a program lead to get involved.