Happy New Year! We hope your 2023 is off to a good start … If you’re one to jump on the resolution bandwagon, remember to be realistic and manage expectations. You may want to check out our recent blog on resolving to improve your mental health in 2023.
unMASKing HOPE Documentary Premieres on Public Television January 23
Eric Christiansen, filmmaker and Give an Hour Ambassador, launches his latest documentary, unMASKing HOPE, on public television January 23. The film shares the journey of a diverse group of trauma survivors as they learn to heal and find hope.
From survivors of 9/11 and mass shootings to combat soldiers and victims of sexual abuse, this inspirational documentary offers a glimpse into the deeply personal struggle of these individuals and how each is able to put aside the masks they hide behind to reveal a message of hope. Visit the Give an Hour documentary Resource page for trauma-related educational information.
The film’s screening takes place tomorrow at the Laemmle Royal Theater in Los Angeles. Follow along on Facebook and Instagram with our team who will be on the ground documenting this experience.
The film initially debuts in Los Angeles, New York, Washington, Chicago, Baltimore, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Spokane, Boise and Portland. Contact your local public television station to request the film be shown in your area. Public Broadcasting Service members can view the film via their app.
“I’m Fine” Launch Resonates with Many About Suffering in Silence
Give an Hour had no idea when we released our Signs of Silent Suffering that a well-known dancer/celebrity would die by suicide less than a week later. This latest educational resource could not have come at a better time.
We created the “I’m Fine” sign to emphasize that suffering in silence is very common and, although many of us may know and understand how to recognize the Five Signs of Emotional Suffering, there often are no outward signs something is amiss. So how do you help someone when this is the case?
Please give the “I’m Fine” tip sheet a read and download to share with your friends and loved ones. You just never know when you may need to quickly recognize these silent signs in order to help someone.
Dr. Trina Clayeux Raises Mental Health Awareness with Legion Podcast
In case you missed it … Give an Hour’s CEO, Dr. Trina Clayeux, was a guest on a recent episode of the American Legion’s Tango Alpha Lima podcast, sharing information about Give an Hour in the last of a four-part series on fitness and wellness. Check it out here.
Stand Together Foundation Selects Give an Hour as a Catalyst Impact Partner
Give an Hour recently was one of only 25 nonprofit organizations from around the country selected to become a Catalyst Impact Partner of the Stand Together Foundation. We are the only mental health organization chosen.
This three-year, $300,000.00 grant is designed to help Give an Hour increase effectiveness and includes management training and customer feedback tools to help us grow, scale and replicate our success.
“We look forward to using the valuable insights we will gain through this program to continue advancing our work in the mental health space until emotional wellness is a normal topic of everyday conversation and no one has to suffer alone,” said Dr. Trina Clayeux, CEO of Give an Hour.
To learn more, read the full press release.
Provider Training: Clinical Considerations When Working with Veterans
Clarifying How Subgroups of Military Culture Impact Treatment Approach
WHO: Open to Give an Hour Providers
WHAT: FREE Provider Training
WHEN: Friday, February 10, Noon to 4:15 p.m. EST
INSTRUCTOR: Conrad Valcy, LPC, MAC
EARN: Four Free Continuing Education Credits for the National Board for Certified Counselors
This FREE workshop will provide an overview of military culture, address misconceptions about working with veterans and clarify specific groups and subgroups within the veteran population for which clinicians must be aware that will influence approaches to treatment. Focused time will be spent reviewing treatment considerations related to substance abuse, military sexual trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder. Military vernacular and jargon also will be reviewed.
Individual Donations Make Great Impact
Just a brief note to thank everyone who contributed to our successful #GivingTuesday and end-of-year campaigns! Your combined donations and willingness to help share Give an Hour’s story were instrumental in helping us raise $21,936!
Individual donations like these will help us create new programming, offer training opportunities for providers and give us the ability to step in immediately in times of crisis when communities need us the most. And it’s not too late to give! Understandably, donations are lower than this time last year so if you’re able to contribute any amount we’d be grateful.
If you don’t already, we’d like to encourage you to follow us on social media (@GiveanHour) for the most up-to-date information on our programs, activities and impact.
- Give an Hour Selected by Stand Together Foundation to Become Catalyst Impact Partner
- Recognize Silent Suffering with New Psychoeducational Tool