Program Overview

Give an Hour has partnered with Healthy Minds Fairfax (HMF), Fairfax County and the Cities of Fairfax and Falls Church, Virginia to provide free and confidential mental health services to income eligible youth and children between the ages of 5 and 21. Through this partnership, we will offer counseling and resources to those in need. We are also proud to bring Give an Hour’s public health initiative, the Campaign to Change Direction to those we work with to ensure that families, children and youth know The Five Signs of Emotional Suffering and the Healthy Habits of Emotional Well-Being. Our goal is to implement a holistic approach to empower the children and youth we work with so that they develop into resilient, compassionate, confident and happy members of society.

Income Eligibility Requirements

Give an Hour Healthy Minds Fairfax Referral Form

For income-eligible children and youth ages 5 to 21 who are residents of Fairfax County, the Cities of Fairfax and Falls Church, Virginia. In order to receive services, you must:

  • Be a resident of Fairfax County, or the Cities of Fairfax and Falls Church, Virginia.
  • Be between 5 to 21 years of age.
  • Meet the following income requirements:

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Give an Hour Healthy Minds Fairfax is now accepting referrals.
Please note that Give an Hour does not offer emergency services. For help in an emergency in Fairfax County or the Cities of Fairfax or Falls Church, VA, please visit: For additional resources visit:

If you have any questions, please email us at

By continuing, you certify that you or the child or youth you are seeking services for, meet the above eligibility requirements.

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Steps and Tips to Get Care

NOTE: Give an Hour Healthy Minds Fairfax services are for income-eligible children and youth who are residents of Fairfax County and the Cities of Fairfax and Falls Church, Virginia.


  • To receive FREE and confidential counseling, with no charges or insurance billed by a Give an Hour provider.
  • To talk with a licensed mental health provider about your concerns.
  • To be able to talk in a safe, confidential, and non-judgmental environment.
  • To be referred to additional mental health services and resources if needed.
Choose from a variety of options including in-person, telephone support, or video counseling. While it’s common in the mental health community to meet in the provider’s office, it may not be feasible for everyone. If you are unable to meet with a provider in-person, we encourage the use of telephone support or video counseling. A provider will need to rely on his or her professional judgment to determine when an alternate method of contact will sufficiently meet your needs.

NOTE: If you do not feel comfortable with phone support or video counseling, please contact us at for assistance.

Tips on Contacting a Provider:

  • Mention Give an Hour: Speak with prospective providers on the phone prior to your first appointment—tell them you are a Give an Hour Healthy Minds Fairfax client.
  • Ask Questions: Ask how much experience they have working in the areas with which you need help.
  • Prioritize Comfort: Your relationship with a provider is an important factor in the success of counseling.
  • Contact Multiple Providers: Often people contact several providers before finding one who is a good match for their needs, please contact if you need additional assistance.
  • Remember: A provider need not have experienced what you have been through to be helpful but needs to convey an initial understanding of how your experience is affecting your life

We must change our culture if we are to succeed in saving lives and ending suffering. We must come to accept that mental health and mental illness are elements of the human condition – just as physical health is.
– Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, Founder and President of Give an Hour

The Campaign to Change Direction

Learn more about the Five Signs of Emotional Suffering and the Healthy Habits of Emotional Well-being.

Emergency Services in Fairfax County

For additional community resources in Fairfax County and the Cities of Fairfax and Falls Church Virginia, click here.

Free Counseling for Children and Youth PDF 

Download the PDF version: GAHHMF Client Flyer Final 12.18.18

Provider Incentives

Give an Hour Healthy Minds Fairfax is glad to offer incentives to providers who choose to serve income-eligible children and youth through our initiative. We encourage all our providers and volunteers to further their training and education to better serve those in need.


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Give an Hour Healthy Minds Fairfax has collected information from partner and other service organizations.

For emergency services in Fairfax County and the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church, VA, please click here.

Give an Hour does not provide emergency services.

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Give Help

Give an Hour owes its success to the veteran and military community largely to our network of committed and thoughtful providers, who have dedicated over 252 thousand hours of pro bono services. We hope to create an equally committed and thoughtful network to serve income-eligible youth in the Fairfax County area.

If you would like to become a Give an Hour Provider, register here.

If you are already a Give an Hour Provider and would like to serve this population and get updates about the Give an Hour Healthy Minds Fairfax initiative, update your profile here.


Give an Hour welcomes volunteers who are not licensed mental health providers to sign up as an organizational volunteer. You can share your expertise including Spanish and Korean translation skills to assist with outreach, administrative services, and more. Click below to be directed to our volunteer page.


Register as a Organizational Volunteer

 I thought I was going to never have a support system and look at me now! It makes me so happy to see how far I’ve come with your help. I’ve definitely learned to understand myself better, to love myself better and most importantly, to help me understand I have a purpose on this earth.
– Healthy Minds Fairfax Client

Interested in signing up as a provider? Register as a Give an Hour Provider and select at-risk youth when choosing your population interests.

Give an Hour Healthy Minds Fairfax Materials


To print Give an Hour Healthy Minds Fairfax materials including Change Directions Five Signs wallet cards, please visit our Vistaprint Pro Shop.

Questions? Email the Give an Hour Fairfax Health Minds team at