As our nation faces the devastating aftermaths of Hurricanes Harvey & Irma, there is a critical need to provide help and hope to those who are suffering in Texas, Florida and the surrounding states. Give an Hour is proud to partner with the Red Cross to support those who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey & Irma. You can read the press release here. Listed below are Give an Hour Providers who are available to provide support by phone to those in need. If you have any problems connecting with someone on this list or need further assistance, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hurricanes Harvey & Irma Recovery Support
In response to the devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, our organization and our generous providers are offering care and support to those affected. It may takes months – and possibly years – for some families to rebuild their lives. And it is often the emotional injuries – those we can’t easily see – that take the longest to heal. Give an Hour will be here to help.
– Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, Founder and President of Give an Hour
For Our Generous Mental Health Professionals
Thank you for offering your time and compassion to those affected by Hurricanes Harvey & Irma. As you know, during times of crisis it is often helpful to those affected to have a caring and thoughtful individual with whom they can talk about what they have gone through as well as what they need to do to move forward, recover and rebuild. Thank you for offering your time, compassion and skills to provide for this need.
We want to be clear regarding what you are being asked to do for this important relief effort.
The following guidelines are provided:
- Unless you are licensed in the state where the individual lives, you are only providing emotional support, as well as information pertaining to resources and education concerning the situation as it directly pertains to the events related to Hurricanes Harvey & Irma.
- You are being asked to provide phone support in a manner that is possible for you and that fits the given individual – or family needs. We leave it to you to determine the frequency and length of each contact that you provide given the specifics of each situation. We realize that you have your own family and work obligations so please set reasonable expectations and boundaries.
- You are not being asked – nor should you – render a diagnosis.
- If you believe that the individual with whom you are speaking is in crisis, please let GAH staff know and we will work with our local teams and the Red Cross to make every attempt to refer the individual to a person licensed in the state where that individual is located.
- If you believe that the individual with whom you are speaking could benefit from counseling at some point in time as a result of the impact of this crisis, please let GAH staff know and we will work with our local teams and the Red Cross to determine next steps. As you can imagine, the needs for counseling may exceed local capacity for quite some time. We appreciate the support you are providing until a licensed provider becomes available.
- Should the individual require a higher level of care, whether it be to deal with this crisis, or with a previous diagnosis/mental health issue, please let GAH know and we will endeavor to identify appropriate additional services.
- If the person is already being seen by a mental health provider, contact should be made if the participant permits so that you can coordinate care and support.
Thank you for your generosity, your time and your compassion.
For Those Seeking Phone Support in the Aftermath of
Hurricanes Harvey & Irma
During times of crisis it is often helpful to those affected to have a caring and thoughtful individual with whom you can talk about what you have gone through as well as what you need to do to move forward, recover and rebuild. While friends and family can certainly provide critical support, sometimes an outside perspective by someone skilled in listening and problem solving can be an extremely valuable gift. Give an Hour is proud to offer phone support to provide for this need.
Our skilled and generous Give an Hour volunteer mental health professionals are offering their time to provide phone support – and while they will not be providing therapy to you or your family members on these calls, they can help you determine if ongoing counseling might be of help and they can continue to support you until counseling is available.
Please reach out to find a provider who is available to provide phone support. Please remember that our mental health providers are all volunteering their time and will work with you to determine a time that works for you and for them for your initial conversation. They will also work with you to determine how to move forward as they offer you this critical support.
Additional Harvey Recovery Resources:
- Visit www.redcross.org/get-help to find information on open shelters, recovery and reconnecting with family members.
- Check out American Psychological Association “Psychology Help Center” for more information related to psychological issues affecting your daily physical and emotional well-being after a disaster.
- Hurricane Harvey Resources – Texas Government