Last Friday (April 13) Give an Hour, the lead organization for the Campaign to Change Direction, signed a memorandum of understanding with the UK’s Ministry of Defence. This is a kick off to an ongoing partnership that includes this fall’s Global Summit on Mental Health Culture Change in London. Participating in the signing ceremony was Rt. Hon. Tobias Ellwood MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Defence People and Veterans, as well as Barbara Van Dahlen, PhD, Founder and President of Give an Hour.
“We are honored to be partnering with the Ministry of Defence and we’re so grateful for Minister Ellwood’s leadership and vision,” said Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D., Founder and President of Give an Hour. “I am proud that Change Direction’s public health message will be shared with the men and women who serve in the UK so that those in need recognize the Five Signs of Emotional Suffering and receive the care and support they deserve. We are also thrilled that this partnership will assist us in our ongoing effort to change the culture – globally – of mental health, because these challenges are not American challenges or British challenges – they are human challenges.”