Provider Recruitment Tool Kit

Click on the steps below to learn more about options and information for recruiting providers to serve in the Give an Hour network.

Step One: Education

Ensure You Understand Give an Hour

What is Give an Hour?

Founded in 2005, Give an Hour (GAH) is a national nonprofit organization providing free and confidential mental health services to military members, veterans, their families, and their communities. In the recent years Give an Hour has expanded to include special projects serving additional populations.

How can licensed mental health professionals serve in the network and what are the requirements of serving?

Licensed mental health professionals carrying malpractice insurance can provide in person, virtual or phone therapy support. Providers in the network commit to providing one hour per week for one year of no cost care; however, not all providers will have a client all year. Give an Hour is not a typical referral network. Clients come to our website or through provider outreach in the community. Providers agree to keep their profile up to date, and to always respond to inquiries from potential Give an Hour clients, even if they are unable to serve them. More answers are available here: https://giveanhour.org/give-help/licensed-provider-information/#providerfaq

Is there ever a cost to providing/receiving care through Give an Hour?

No. There is no cost to participate as a provider, or a client, in the Give an Hour network. It is important to note that participating mental health professionals agree to never charge a Give an Hour client, regardless of insurance. Providers treat clients the same as any other client in their practice, with the exception of financial exchange.

How can a provider get involved with Give an Hour if they do not (or cannot) provide direct counseling services?

Licensed providers who are unable or unwilling to offer clinical care may also volunteer in a myriad of ways with Give an Hour. Outreach events, consultations and education opportunities are some examples. For those who are currently working to complete their full licensure, or hold a master’s degree – Give an Hour’s organizational volunteer program is the best fit. Providers with experience in outreach, presentations or group sessions may consider sharing tools and information from Give an Hour’s Campaign to Change Direction. 

How does an individual receive Give an Hour services? Are there any qualifications?

Give an Hour’s website has a provider search feature where a client can research available providers in their zip code, who specialize in their needs. Nationally, Give an Hour serves any era and any discharge status of military and veterans, as well as their loved ones. There are no other qualifications for this care, other than having served or loving someone who has served in the military.

Regional or state initiatives have allowed Give an Hour to expand our provider volunteerism to serve additional populations in need. Typically, these projects are grant funded and specific. For more information regarding special population projects in your area, please email info@giveanhour.org.

What is the Campaign to Change Direction®? What are the Five Signs of Emotional Suffering?

In 2015, GAH launched the Campaign to Change Direction, a collective-impact effort focused on changing the culture of mental health. The Campaign to Change Direction is a simple public health initiative that seeks to educate everyone about the Healthy Habits (to ensure self-care) and the Five Signs of Emotional Suffering that indicate that someone is in emotional pain and needs help: Personality Change; Agitation; Withdrawal; Decline in Personal Care; and Hopelessness. changedirection.org.

     

Step Two: Identify Your Network

Finding Appropriate Places to Recruit Providers

Whether you are a licensed professional, a student, a community leader, or a concerned citizen; you know your media, your local businesses, and your community calendars the best! Even if you cannot do the outreach, identifying and connecting Give an Hour to event, people, and places is tremendously helpful.

WHAT ARE SOME EXAMPLES OF PLACES THAT I CAN FIND MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS TO NETWORK WITH?

  • Local chapters of mental health associations
  • Mental health agencies, practices and hospitals
  • Meet ups or networking events for professionals, or on a topic related to mental health
  • Support agencies for those recovering from mental illness
  • Local private practices (large and small)
  • The internet: resource lists, therapy referral networks and social media

Step Three: Raising Awareness

It's time to start reaching out. View our guidance below.

Engage In Person

Give an Hour’s research shows that the second largest source of new providers joining the network is colleagues and word of mouth. In that light, anytime you can discuss Give an Hour or serving in the network is one step closer to helping us achieve our goals. Offering to present to private practices, going to mental health conferences and discussing Give an Hour, attending small networking meetings where mental health professionals will also be attending; these are all excellent places to talk about Give an Hour. Remember, even telling ONE person can potentially provide over 4,800 of free care to someone in need. Whether in a meeting, over lunch or a casual conversation in your daily life- telling someone about Give an Hour can make a large impact.

 

Phone Sample: I’m calling in support of a nonprofit mental health organization called Give an Hour. Give an Hour provides free mental health services to military personnel and their families.  Do you have just a minute for me to tell you more about what we do? 

During times of peace and war, our service members, veterans and their families are on the front lines; managing and supporting the extraordinary needs of our nation. For each one of them, this service looks different, regardless, their resiliency and adaptability defines their experiences. As you know, the United States has been at war for over nearly two decades’  now. Thousands of thousands of young men and women have gone into harm’s way to serve this nation, and many, many have come home bearing the unseen wounds.

Some have taken their lives, turned to drugs and alcohol, or given up hope. Our government cannot meet all of the needs of these heroes. We at Give an Hour are committed to helping military families, who have given so much. This requires the help of dedicated, caring, mental health providers who are willing to donate one hour of their time each week to help those who are affected by current and previous wars. 

Providers may choose to use that time for one on one counseling, or participate in many of our initiatives serving military in their community. There is a desperate need for more providers in your area, and we hope you will consider joining our network of nearly 4,500 providers nationwide. If you would like, I can send you a follow up email, one time only, with additional information on the organization- where you can learn more and pass on to others who may be interested. I am also available now to talk more, but I know your time is valuable.

Engage via Email

Sometimes, the opportunity arises to share about Give an Hour to an individual, or a group of individuals via written response. It is important to remember that while we are passionate about our work and the impact providers can make, we do not want to overly solicit email group lists or individuals. Give an Hour recommends one to two emails per group or list per six months, to ensure we don’t over saturate individuals with unwanted messages.

Be sure to include the following in your message:

  • Information about the organization and a link to our website
  • Why YOU care about being involved with Give an Hour
  • An example or a personal story of success
  • A link to register as a provider
  • How to contact the organization for more information

Sample Email:

Mental Health affects the lives of every person in the world. In America, we know our veterans and military are on the front lines; managing and supporting the extraordinary needs of our nation. Service members, active, and reserve are being asked to answer their nation’s call to service. Military families and service members enter various cycles of service, to include training, schooling, deployments, reintegration, and transition.  Of those who have left military service, a Pew Research Center survey found that a plurality of all veterans (43%) say they had a “very easy” time readjusting to their post-military lives, and 29% say re-entry was “somewhat easy.” But an additional 21% say they had a “somewhat difficult” time, and 6% had major problems integrating back into civilian life.

Give an Hour™ is a national nonprofit that provides free mental health resources and services; reaching and connecting to veterans, military and families who may not otherwise qualify for, or seek care. Give an Hour’s network of providers donate one session per week of no cost mental health care, although not all providers have a client all year long.

As a national organization, we are seeing extraordinary service, flexibility, innovation, responsiveness and action in communities every day. Give an Hour understands the critical need for community-level support serving those who serve and remains a leader in mobilizing a network of mental health providers to bridge the gap in access to care for military, veterans and their loved ones. Mental health professionals are essential to helping our service members, veterans, and loved ones express their emotional needs and navigate creation of activities that help them build their sense of safety and decrease feelings of anxiety and isolation and we need your support to continue to serve. 

To learn more about serving as a licensed provider in the Give an Hour network, visit https://giveanhour.org/give-help/

Submit an Article or Press Release

Local newspapers or online blogs are great places to write an article about your experience with Give an Hour, or about the need for organizations that provide free mental health support. To help you get started, we have developed a few standard articles for your use, but feel free to create one of your own. We do ask that any time you are working with media entities, you let us know so we can amplify the work you are doing in our national network. Sample is available in our toolkit, linked on this page. You may also email info@giveanhour.org for more information or examples.

Share Your Story

Give an Hour hosts a page for anyone to Share Your Story.  Share personal experiences about using or participating in the network help build confidence and mutual connection with others.

We invite you to share your story in the way that is most meaningful for you, and we will post and share as well!

Digital Tools for Outreach

Visit our online sites to collaborate and share. Let us know if you have information you would like us to share as well! If you make your own post, and would like us to help amplify your message, email info@giveanhour.org

Available digital outreach tools are on our website at https://giveanhour.org/get-involved/

Additional approved images are available: https://www.flickr.com/photos/giveanhour/

Flyers/Brochures/Postcards are available for order: https://giveanhour.go.customprintcenter.com/register *one time registration required, digital prints are available at no cost

Connect with Us on Social Media

Quick Share Provider Recruitment Social Media is available here: NEEDS LINK? 

Visit our online sites to collaborate and share. Let us know if you have information you would like us to share as well! If you make your own post, and would like us to help amplify your message, email info@giveanhour.org

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