Give an Hour is excited to announce the launch of Give an Hour Indiana – our second regional initiative designed to expand and deepen GAH services in communities across Indiana.

Give an Hour partnered with the Marion County Public Health Department and Women’s Fund of Central Indiana to launch Give an Hour Indiana. After conducting a needs assessment, Give an Hour Indiana and its partners launched Real Girls Feel. Real Girls Feel is an interactive, culturally and trauma responsive program that promotes wellbeing and healthy habits for 4th, 5th and 6th grade girls in selected underserved Indianapolis Public Schools. If a program participant needs mental health treatment, but cannot afford care, the child’s parent is connected to a licensed volunteer who provides counseling at no cost.

Since 2005, Give an Hour has harnessed the skills of mental health professionals across the country to provide free mental health care and support for members of the military, our veterans (regardless of discharge status, deployment status, or era of service), and their families. In 2015, Give an Hour launched the Campaign to Change Direction, a broad public health effort focused on changing the culture of mental health for everyone so that all in need receive the care and support they deserve. The Campaign to Change Direction encourages everyone to know the Five Signs of emotional suffering and to pay attention to our emotional well-being just as we do our physical health. Give an Hour Indiana combines both efforts and encourages mental health professionals to donate hours of direct service and/or to assist with the Change Direction public health initiative in your community.

Project Description

In addition to building networks of volunteer professionals to provide free and confidential mental health care to those in need, and promoting emotional well-being through the Change Direction campaign, Give an Hour Indiana:

  • Provides free mental health services to those in need by reaching out to partner organizations to identify groups in need as well as partnering with Indiana based mental health associations to offer the opportunity to providers across the state to join us in this effort.
  • Serves our community by partnering with schools, non-profits, youth/family support programs, and government agencies to provide outreach and awareness-building events, training, and resources that promote healthy development and prevent substance abuse and mental health disorders.
  • Builds partnerships to enhance the free mental health services provided and continue the work of the Change Direction campaign.
  • Supports mental health professionals by offering free training, support, and network opportunities to our partner providers.

Indiana Staff

Suzanne Clifford, Senior Advisor of Give an Hour Indiana, sclifford@giveanhour.org

 The Give an Hour Indiana team includes Suzanne Clifford, Senior Advisor of Give an Hour Indiana and Sabrena (Bre) Suggs, Program Manager of Give an Hour Indiana. Suzanne has extensive senior leadership experience in the prevention and treatment of mental health conditions. She previously served as the Director of Mental Health and Addiction for two governors, the Vice President of Behavioral Health at a large health system and on several national mental health boards. Sabrena is a certified peer support specialist who is committed to addressing health equity issues and is trained in trauma and culturally responsive evidence-based practices.

  Learn more about Suzanne, and the full Give an Hour staff, by clicking here.

Training and Educational Opportunities

Through dedicated outreach and network building, we support mental health service providers so that they can provide best practices to our families and our community. We offer CEU training for licensed professionals, along with mutual support and networking opportunities.

Contact Us

If you are licensed mental health provider, or a community member interested in our work, we would love to connect with you about our project, potential partnership opportunities, and how we can work together to build community, strengthen families, and connect our field. Email: clifford@giveanhour.org